South Africans are living in exciting times as artistic Africans help fellow Africans in the creative industry.
“I am delighted to see our own African brothers in creative companies reaching out to fellow budding creatives and stretching a hand to give them a lift in their businesses. This is gratifying,” said John Mdakane, a creative in the fashion industry in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Mdakane was speaking during the showcase of the six Creative Conquerors from around Johannesburg at an exhibition of their work at Fox Junction in Jozi.
Hosted by hair product company, Stylin’ Dredz, the exhibition was meant to sell the products of these creatives to the youth of Joburg as one step in taking their creative work to another level. And the Creative Conquerors literally conquered the youth market, as they arrived in their droves to witness the exhibition.
Mdakane, one of the youthful victims of the creative conquest, praised the works of the selected conquerors, which included David Tshabalala, a graphic designer who has sold some of his work to leading retailer, Mr Price, and said the exhibition will open more doors for them.
Other creatives whose work was on display were the talented songstress Lady X, who brought the house down with her jazz music; while Oscar Ncube of Dry Bone, who turns old leather items into new designs, received a standing ovation for his resuscitated leather jackets from the ‘dry bones’.
The other three were photographer Lee-Roy Jason, whose photographs hang in many a gallery in the city and elsewhere; while Khetsiwe Morgan, better known as DJ Woo Wap, mesmerised the audience with her mixes and deck antics.