The Economist Unwinds: Let’s talk about keks (Video)
“Keks” may be a parody of pop, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a hit in poet and copywriter Konstantin Trendafilov’s native Bulgaria. Despite a music video that resembles a “Callanetics” exercise routine from the 1980s and features two women dressed in spandex singlets, the song is full of sexual innuendo. It takes a seemingly mundane kitchen chore – baking a cake – and presents it in a suggestive way. Moreover, the whole concept of the song is based on a pun. Keks, a kind of Bundt cake, sounds very similar to the Bulgarian word seks. In the video Trendafilov’s alter ego, Papi Hans (above), lists a number of misfortunes – a neighbour scratched his car, his bike has been stolen and he’s had a pay cut – but he’s undeterred by his bad luck because “last night he made keks”. Since it was released last November, Trendafilov’s song has been viewed more than 6m times on YouTube. One line, “Vsichko e tochno” (Everything is just fine), has taken on a life of its own.
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