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"Shame!"

Some CouchSurfers from South Africa introduced me to the expression "Shame!". They explained that it can be used when something is really nice (ex: when someone's rubbing your back), and... in a couple of other kinds of situations, which I'm currently forgetting, but most of them not actually having to do with the idea of shamefulness.

Can anyone expand on this (colloquial uses of "shame" in South Africa)? To clarify, the expression as I was taught it is drawn out (and a bit sing-song), like: "Shaaaaaaame!"

Thanks! :D
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