A taste of Soweto at the Dur­ban July

Lo­cal DJs and co­me­di­ans to per­form at the ‘kasi’ mar­quee

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI mpiletso.motumi@inl.co.za

THE FIRST ever Soweto VIP mar­quee will be bring­ing a taste of South Africa’s most fa­mous town­ship to the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July this week­end.

Te­bogo Phiri, owner of the pop­u­lar Dob­sonville pub Disoufeng, prom­ises that the ex­pe­ri­ence will be like no other.

“We are mak­ing his­tory. A lot of Joburg­ers go down for the July ev­ery year and they want to party in one cen­tral place. Last year, I spot­ted a lot of peo­ple at one of the big after-par­ties at the July, and a lot of them were from Soweto,” said Phiri.

He said he de­cided to risk it be­cause he saw a gap in the mar­ket for some­thing that was au­then­ti­cally kasi at the July.

“We have a data­base of about 20 000 peo­ple, most of whom travel a lot. This is how the idea came about.”

He hosted a week­end-away pack­age last year for Joburg­ers who wanted to be at the July, of­fer­ing peo­ple ac­cess to the var­i­ous par­ties in and around Dur­ban.

When he even­tu­ally took the plunge in Novem­ber to check whether he could have a mar­quee at this year’s July, he had to wait for a while be­fore the or­gan­is­ers got back to him.

“I just needed to do it. I lost hope when I didn’t hear from them for a while, but to­wards Jan­uary I got the space for the mar­quee.

“I had put up a post about hav­ing a Soweto mar­quee at the Dur­ban July on Face­book and it got so many likes and peo­ple were ask­ing why this hadn’t al­ready hap­pened,” said Phiri.

After get­ting the re­sponses and ap­proval to host, he started work­ing on the plans and get­ting spon­sors to make sure the event would be one for the his­tory books.

The en­ter­tain­ment line-up for Satur­day will boast some of the best DJs from Soweto and also in­clude two live per­for­mances and com­edy acts.

“We didn’t want to go for the typ­i­cal big names be­cause it would take away from the flavour we are try­ing to bring,” he noted.

Part of the pack­age in­cludes a Fri­day pre-party at Vivo Lounge in uMh­langa and a sun­down­ers event on Sun­day at The Joint Beach Cafe at South Beach.

Pack­ages start from R2650 per per­son, and book­ings can be made by email­ing: book­ings@ dis­oufeng­pub.co.za

RISK PAID OFF: Te­bogo Phiri, owner of the pop­u­lar Dob­sonville pub Disoufeng.

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