Who Wants Ginger Tea?
The Aruban singer/rapper Ginger has been causing quite a stir on social media this past week with his defiant single “Ken Kier Ginger Tea?”. But this controversial figure, born Miguel Angel Thielman, is no stranger to ruffling feathers. His contribution to the then immensely popular #DenBoSoño challenge last May also turned quite a few heads.
This formula worked out quite well for him at the time as his challenge video garnered over 100.000 views (about the population of Aruba) in next to no time. This time around he was able to surpass those fortunes tenfold with the video for his new irresistibly catchy Brazilian Funk number “Ken Kier Ginger Tea?”.
Ever since its July 27th release on his Facebook page, the video has lit up social media on the ABC-islands, getting nearly 160.000 views, over 1.200 shares and over 3.500 likes in the span of one week. And counting. To put that last one into perspective, his Facebook page itself has 3.309 likes.
So what does the title of the song “Ken Kier Ginger Tea?” (Who wants Ginger Tea) mean exactly? Is he encouraging people to drink more organically, have a cup of tea on his porch? No, that’s not it. In certain circles “tea” is actually slang for gossip. And I think you can puzzle out the Ginger part – an exuberant artist name he chose to encapsulate a break from his past trials and tribulations.
The lyrics might make the more conservative and pious among the Dutch Caribbean communities flinch, but in the end artist expression is meant to make people uncomfortable every once in a while. And if it’s genuine, all the more power to it. And like I said it is really catchy.
Check it out for yourself: