17 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented By South Africans

Written by Keren Mikva

Oil-Can Guitar

OK, this is a fun one. In 2001, engineer and avid guitarist Graeme Wells of Cape Town wanted to make silly tin guitars to sell for cheap souvenirs. Using mostly five-liter oil cans and bottle tops, he created guitars that can actually play, unlike most other scrap-metal instruments. Their popularity rose, and top South African jazz musician Jimmy Dludlu incorporated them into his concerts. Even UB40 has bought and used some! Call it the “Afri-can guitar!”