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.
Anyway, back to my story. When Yanga and I decided to do a shoot together, we had no idea the form the shoot should take. We had no theme nor concept but we knew we wanted to create something. I knew his fashion style was different to Continue reading Fashion as an art form Cuts for Him meets Yanga Madlala
I was disheartened when I first learned about the water shortage in Cape Town. The city is on the brink of a drought known as the worst in its history. The situation is so acute that authorities have put a date when taps will all but run dry and it is locally known as “Day Zero”. Whilst in Cape Town, Day Zero was expected in the second week of July which is a stark reminder for a visitor like myself never to take such a precious resource for granted.
To help push back day zero, local authorities have encouraged citizens to use no more than 50 liters a day per person. To think that one of my favorite cities in the world will go without water come Day Zero was enough reason to inspire this shoot.
I stand in solidarity with the people of Cape Town during this difficult period.
Continue reading I stand with Cape Town – Push back Day Zero | Cuts for Him
The title of this article came to me this morning like a light bulb moment. I was actually doing my morning prayers when the title popped into my head. I almost grabbed my phone to type it in but then remembered that I had made a promise never to use my phone until I have done my daily devotion in the morning. I said to myself if this is the title of this post them I will remember after my devotion.
My trip to South Africa was everything I expected and more. I loved every bit of it albeit the glaring issue of race (which I won’t go into fully here).
As it turns out, Bo Kaap was the first place I visited when I was in Cape Town. I linked up with a friend and his Continue reading The rose that grew from concrete! Bo Kaap, Cape Town
Cultured in Culture is a short series I started last year when I visited Freetown, Sierra Leone. In all honesty, it was meant to be a one-off piece that turned into a mini-series. I would encourage you to catch up on the last two here and here.
As a stylist, I have always tried to infuse different cultures into how I put an outfit together. Cultured in Culture also borrows heavily from places and the people in those places. I mean, culture is mostly about people right?
For someone who was born into one culture and partly raised in another, I have always been intrigued by other people’s way of life. I remember watching action movies based on or set in Thailand such as Kickboxer, Above the law, Police story and much more like them. I can unequivocally say now that I had no business watching those movies at that age. More recent movies such as Bangkok dangerous and the cult-classic Ong-Bak all let my imagination run wild.
Apart from movies, I have always had the Continue reading Cultured in Culture – The Thailand and Vietnam experience