So Spring Summer 2019 is in full bloom and the weather has been fantastic with the exception of a couple days here and there that has brought back some chills. However, I reckon if we survived cold winter days of minus 3 degrees then we can definitely survive a few chilly but brighter days.
For me personally, I have nothing to complain about as I came back from one of the best holiday ever, recently. I went to Freetown, Sierra Leone and I loved every minute of my 15 days out there.
If you follow me on Instagram then you would have noticed some of the things I have been up to as I lived on my stories. Honestly, there was very little that was not instagramable. From the beautiful beaches, to the tasty and healthy food, it was truly paradise.
To top it all off, I had the pleasure of packing my suitcase with some of the freshest shirts from Duchamp for their SS19 collection. Duchamp is one of my favourite British brands for the simple fact that they take pride and care in making their garments. From the fabric to the patterns, all their shirts tell a story of craftsmanship. Their accessories also rate very high on my list.
It all happened so fast. One day I was being introduced to him and the next I was shooting with GQ Man of the year, Menzi Mcunu.
My trip to Cape Town was meant to be purely holiday but I have come to realize that as a travel blogger, I can never truly be on holiday. I mean the whole purpose of traveling is to create content and share a thought or two about the places and people you come across, right? Lol
I can categorically say that very little gives me more pleasure when traveling than linking up with other creatives to collaborate. The buzz it gives me is next to none. The whole of Cape Town is filled with picturesque locations which makes it a blogger dream city. So, when Menzi reached out to me a day before to say he was arranging a shoot, I was so on it. All I had to do was show up and smile for the camera.
We got in a taxi and headed to parliament street where we were meant to meet Menzi. In true gentleman style, Menzi made me feel welcomed the minute we shook hands. The Cobra sports car literally arrived 5 minutes after we got there and it was shoot time. Menzi had organized the whole shoot from picking a location to hiring a photographer. It was so much fun from start to end.
Yanga Yaya Madlala is a Cape Town based performing artist and creative. He is one of those people I refer to as the new voice and face of the South African creative industry. I have been a huge fan of South African creativity in the form of music, fashion, and arts and culture for some time now.
During our first meeting in March when I was in Cape Town, I couldn’t wait to tell Yanga how inspired I am with young South Africans like himself and a few others. The likes of Trevor Stuurman, Kwena Baloyi, and the founding members of I see a different you have always made me curious, to say the least. The imagery always tells a compelling and authentic story of their own. They present their life and culture in such a way that it sometimes forces me to dig out my authentic self. Trevor recently worked with supermodel Naomi Campbel through Arise Africa which in itself show the level of creativity of this young South Africans I speak of.