Most of us were forced to tune into the simulcast broadcast on the radio in order to catch The Amazing Spider-Man in English. For those feeling nostalgic, here is the original Xhosa Spider-Man theme song for Rabobi.
The ’80s were a simpler time. As a kid, five o’clock meant sprinting home from a game of cricket in the streets in order to catch The Amazing Spider-Man on TV. Unfortunately, Spidey wasn’t in English. It wasn’t in Afrikaans either.
Thankfully, our TV (a rather large Telefunken set) allowed us to tune into the radio (which broadcasted the original English) at the same time. But not until we listened to the Spider-Man theme song in Xhosa. We had to.
Rabobi was special. More special than the regular Spider-Man. There was something about the dubbed theme song that really captured the times. Apartheid wasn’t abolished yet and Rabobi was our only access to a Xhosa-speaking superhero. While Die Swart Kat will always hold a special place in my heart, it just wasn’t the same.