Ha. Ha. Ha.

“Dali Ngiyakuthanda bati ha ha ha” Ha Ha Ha” was a hit song in the ’50s by George Sibanda, highlife pioneer from Zimbabwe, who is widely agreed to be the first sub-Saharan African music star. Sibanda was from the city of Bulawayo in then-thriving British-run Rhodesia. His happy, melodic acoustic guitar music became all the rage, especially in far-flung countries like Kenya, where the masses sang along with his songs even though they didn’t understand the lyrics. Sibanda became rich and famous but found himself overwhelmed. He died of alcohol poisoning some time in the late ’50s.