Tevin Campbell’s Setswana tweets amuse South Africans

American RnB singer Tevin Campbell | Image: Twitter

Locals were jubilated by the RnB crooner’s knowledge and understanding of the Southern African language.

South African social media erupted when American RnB crooner Tevin Campbell responded correctly to a Setswana tweet sent to him by a fan.

The question was posted in response to Campbell’s commentary on the furore surrounding the recent docuseries on R. Kelly’s treatment of women and young girls over the years.

A user by the name of @NthAsia asked “O tswa kae wena ? Ntse ke o batla,” which loosely translates to: “Where have you been? I have been looking for you.”

To which Campbell responded by telling her that he does not speak Setswana.

https://twitter.com/tevincampbelll/status/1081339227172790273

Many were surprised that he correctly identified what language it is while others questioned the guess, suspecting that he used Google translate to pick it up.

https://twitter.com/tevincampbelll/status/1081341293098225664

He later posted a screenshot of his screen to prove that his translate was not set to pick up Setswana.

https://twitter.com/tevincampbelll/status/1081349416949170176

He later got a little help from another South African fan who correctly translated the phrase for him.

https://twitter.com/tevincampbelll/status/1081351593969123328

He has since amassed a ton of South African followers and he welcomed them all with another Setswana tweet.

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