A night of slick celebration for the talented ‘kings’
THERE is no denying that Africa is on the rise. African talent and pop culture have become a national treasure. No wonder many brands have taken to celebrating the efforts that talented South Africans make.
On Thursday, Steers hosted a Kinging dinner – to celebrate ordinary South Africans who are doing great work. These were people in the food, animation, dance, and fashion industries respectively.
Hundreds of guests filled the glamorous Turbine Hall in the Joburg CDB, and colour was the order of the evening. The theme was Afro Urban and, let’s just say, young South Africans painted the town red. It was also refreshing to see people embracing African prints. If you ask me, we’ve been in Wakanda mode forever –
is catching up to us only now, right?
Even the night’s music selection spoke of African pride. Guests were rather young, think of the Braamfontein life, but seeing so many artistic people out to celebrate South African treasures was beautiful.
After waiting a while, in a very dramatic way, we were escorted to the dining area with a countdown by Sandile Ntshingila. Four long tables were laid out beautifully, with a ramp running between the two inner tables for the fashion show that took place a little later in the night.
The decor was also African in sensibility. Some jungle-themed welcome music played, which I found rather cliched, because we don’t listen to jungle music in Africa. And the random light play that went on in the room, the intense disco lights, were slightly distracting and I couldn’t help but wonder how a photosensitive epileptic person might have felt through it all.
But the rest of the evening was enjoyable. And the title “Kinging” was a play on how individuals take charge and do great work in their individual spaces.
Also, Steers took the opportunity to launch its new boerewors burger, and we got to taste it as part of the four-course meal that was served. Also present in the room were local movers and shakers, including South African TV stars such as Sibusisiwe Jili,
Sandile Vincent Mahlangu, and former contestant Keegan Martin, among others.
Rap sensation Anatii was performing and was also quizzed on his success and how he continues to be king of his industry.
Let’s all keep “Kinging!”
Ayanda Nhlapho at the Steers Kinging dinner and fashion show.
Sandile Vincent Mahlangu showing style.
Choreographer Litchi looking edgy.