Summer entertainment in Cape Town

by Viwe Martins

With the summer season fastly approaching, there is only one city in South Africa that will cater for you without fail regardless of who you are and where you are from.

Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa is known for its eccentric nightlife and vibrant restaurants with the palm trees breezing over your lunch table, feeling as though you are in East side Miami making it one of the best cities in the world to sit back and kick off your summer in.

In my first ever events and lifestyle article I will share with you the best, from my personal experiences, clubs and social spaces in the city that will make you want to visit them again and again.

First on this list is the infamous Long Street.

Situated in the heart of Cape Town CBD, it is known for its variety of clubs and restaurants, it is always vibrant at any day and at any time. You absolutely cannot have the full Cape Town experience without coming here. Also what happens in Long Street, stays in Long Street. Ask the Capetonians! However if you’re looking for a much local scene you could always take a ride or an Uber preferably downtown to eKasi (Township) where everybody is, every weekend.

Rands CPT, based in Khayelitsha is founded by one of the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs in South Africa, Mshayi, is known for its eccentric and unique lifestyle experience, amazing cultural food and alcoholic beverages of every kind. There is always a jam packed line up of international and national artists here as well as local celebrities and exclusive VIP/VVIP packages and seating.

Main events this summer:

The Weekender, 30th November until the 3rd of December where local artists like Black Coffee and Busiswa will be headlining.

Second on this list is another place in the Township known as “KwaAce” which is perfectly situated just around the corner from Rands CPT. Since Rands CPT closes doors at 23:00, KwaAce is always a jump up until the early hours of the AMs.

This local yet luxury looking nightlife gem just got a revamp and is looking quite stunning for this summer. With a recent visit from American rapper/producer T.I, Kwa Ace’s revamp seems to have leveled up and will be the place to be this summer and many more summers to come!

Ending off the list is the most amazing and exclusive champagne lounge in the city and known for its exclusivity it has a variety of sectional seating. Saint CPT however this summer has made bit of a twist to things. Saint CPT champagne lounge will now take a break after so many exiting events that have took place at the Chamber in Harrington Street throughout the year and will now host Saint Summer Mansion Parties (see poster below).

The list curated is based off my regular Cape Town nightlife experiences and if you have any other places you would like to mention, please comment below! You do not want to miss out on any of these so you had better start marking your calendar now!

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I am Viwe Martins, a Xhosa boy raised in the township of Guguletu, Western Cape but currently residing in the suburb of Tokai. I have a dream to share my opinions and sentiments of fashion and lifestyle with the world. As a marketing student and aspiring journalist, I would like to take you on the journey of my “Canvas” where I write anything that my mood desires me to. Being a fashion stylist has taught me to be as creative and to be extremely open-minded. In the future I would love to work with companies such as Elle and Drum Magazine but let us focus on the now. Please stay tuned as this will be a very beautiful journey as I feature upcoming creatives in articles. Your devotion and commitment to my blog would be much appreciated.

 

Defying gender roles through fashion 

An article by Viwe Martins and visuals by Akim Mdleleni 

As we all know, a gender role is a set of societal norms dictating the types of behaviors which are generally considered acceptable, appropriate or desirable for people based on their actual or perceived sex or sexuality.

Gender roles are what we know as cultural and personal. They determine how males and females think, act and dress. Learning plays a huge role in the process of shaping gender roles. These gender schemas are deeply embedded cognitive frameworks regarding what defines masculine and feminine. In this article, I decided to go with the concept of defying the gender norms formed by society.

According to Decolonize All The Things, “The socialization process in which children learn these gender roles begins at birth. Today, our society is quick to outfit male infants in blue and girls in pink, even applying these color-coded gender labels while a baby is in the womb. It is interesting to know that these color associations with gender have not always been what they are. Up till the beginning of the 20th century, pink was actually a color more associated with boys, while blue was associated with girls.”

Illustrating how socially constructed these associations should be broken down, I contacted a few creatives to assist me with a photoshoot tackling gender norms through fashion. In collaboration with Akim Mdleleni photography, Lindsay and Lenny Vintage Store (Sea Point) and makeup by Princess Mebo Tindwa, I styled and directed the photoshoot. It was an amazing opportunity to work with such talented, open-minded and beautiful creatives.
Initially the concept was to have guys in women’s wear and girls in men’s wear. But as I was brainstorming, I realized that guys have to deal more with society’s remarks about how they dress and look where masculinity is involved. Everything has to represent masculinity while in most instances it is quite “normal” for a girl to dress up in a bit of mens wear.


As “woke” and as “conscious” modern people claim to be, they still find feminine men peculiar. So because they look different, they are considered less man, call them faggots behind keyboards and the list goes on. From my personal perspective, it seems more likely that the only men that can or are able to cross-dress without anyone having much of a problem with it are celebrities. You might ask, “How so?”. Well, have you seen how celebrities such as Jaden Smith and Young Thug dress up in women’s wear to create controversy? They sure create controversy with their style but have you noticed how society makes it seem okay for only them to be dressed like that? What about ordinary men that would like to throw over a silk scarf because they actually look good in it? But that is the way in which society operates. Double standards.

Think about it.
Visuals by Akim Mdleleni
Come and see how we live on the rebellious side of fashion.

Want my I LOVE TOKYO outfit and all the jewelry pieces featured in this article as well as the outfits worn by the models? Visit Lindsay and Lenny, Sea Point main Rd.

The 2017 Met Gala

An article by Viwe Martins

​The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. The gala is mostly used as a platform for A-list celebrities to look good in avant garde garments while some celebrities attend for the simple sake of attending.

In this article, we will be looking at some of our favorite celebrities’ outfits at this years’ gala. 

First up is Kim Kardashian West, while Twitter was convinced that she looked like a Samsung Mobile charger in that garment, she sure did play it safe with this Vivienne Westwood dress and a pair of YZY heels.

Rihanna on the other hand, showed up in a very beautiful and artistic garment by Comme des Garcons.

This look for me was extremely interesting and beautiful but didn’t create a buzz like how her outfit for the 2015 Met Gala did which is still perfectly acceptable because she is Rihanna.

Twitter however would still like to believe that this dress has something to with egg yoke.

My ultimate favorite look was Jaden Smiths’. The young man always finds a way to defy society’s norms and ideologies of how a normal boy should look. Knowing him for his weirdness, he used a handful of his hair as an accessory for the night. Very creative is it not? His high heel boot didn’t come across as much of a crowd shocker because Jaden has been rocking women’s wear for quite sometime now.

Lastly, our beautiful brown princess! Zendaya came out looking great and sticking to the theme unlike most of the guests. This lovely Dolce and Gabanna number was winning. For most this was an exciting look.

Yes, I may have been late to give my insight but better late than never.  The next Met Gala will be on the 30 April 2018 at the Anna Wintour Costume Center. I look forward to sharing my opinions and views with you. Stay tuned! 

Cape Town Hip Hop dominates street-wear style

An article by Viwe Martins

The City of Cape Town has always been known for its creativity of architecture, exotic food and more especially the fashion – hence it is the fashion capital of South Africa. One of the most amazing aspects of fashion being  mostly discussed and currently trending is street-wear. Street-wear has always been around but only really made its mark on the fashion scene just a few years ago. Many musicians have managed to incorporate street-wear into their craft which helped increase its influence around the globe. Unam Ntsababa and I decided to interview upcoming Cape Town based musicians to discuss their views on street-wear style as well as their blossoming music careers and music as a whole.

We started off with Guillotine Squad, a group of musicians who reside in one of the Southern Suburbs of the city, Kenilworth. We spoke to two of the core members of the group, Ts’epo Adoro and Aztec Cocoa where we kindly interrupted them at their studio session at the Cape Audio College in Observatory.

GUILLOTINEsquad

Q: As up and coming hip hop artists, what are your views on fashion, specifically street-wear style?

A: It is everything, to be honest. Hip hop has a lot to do with image because fans relate to other aspects of an artist apart from the music. Street-wear incorporates both music and style. Even in life, you mostly relate to a person by how they look as well as personality.

Q: What is Guillotine?

A: Guillotine Squad is a group of friends who relate to each other as family and is brought together by music and basically art as a whole as there are members within the group that sketch and write while the others make music so we can safely say that we are a family of creatives.

Q: Many individuals, some creatives, some not, claim that there aren’t much media platforms in the Cape for them to showcase their talent and that Johannesburg is where it is “happening”. What is your take on that?

A: Aztec:  I honestly think that is just incompetence. I mean, if we as young artists never make it here, its never going to happen. In Johannesburg, those people that have that mindset are there right now, scouting for gigs. It is just going to be clustered and not everyone will get an opportunity to blossom so let’s make it here!!

Q: What do you think of artists that come from the Cape and are doing it big in Joburg?

A: Ts’epo: They’re not doing anything for Cape Town, that’s my opinion. They go there saying that they are doing it for our city but they fail to represent. Basically they use us as a front.

Q: As upcoming artists in the Cape, are you content with your level of success that you have you reached thus far?

A: Aztec: Not really because for myself, I always want more. It is not that I am greedy, it is just that I know my worth.

Q: How would you advise other artists that want to start making music in Cape Town?

A: Ts’epo: Just be yourself because authenticity is key. Find what moves you as an artist and believe in yourself. Also, know your target market and study it thoroughly.

Q: When you’re starting out, should you get paid for performances?

A: Aztec: Event organizers should really start considering what artists sacrifice to make a song or come to the gig. They are constantly on about exposure but quite frankly, fuck exposure because it most definitely won’t pay your bills nor put food on the table.

Q: How have you managed to juggle both music and school?

A: Ts’epo: That was actually difficult because we had to prioritize very wisely. We also did not have a choice because we did not want to disappoint our families.

Q: Who have been your favorite musicians that are doing it big on the fashion scene?

A: Aztec: Lil’ Uzi Vert is doing it big, Frank Ocean and Kanye West as well. Riky Rick is doing it big on the local fashion scene as well.

Q: Where do you see yourself, or rather your career in the next five years time?

A: Ts’epo: Very soon actually, most probably sometime next year we are planning on moving to Belgium because that is our dream as Guillotine.

Q: Is it not double standards though considering what you said about moving to somewhere else instead of trying to make it big in your own city?

A: Aztec: We are not leaving Cape Town because it not “happening”. We are going because that has always been our goal for as long as I can remember. In Cape Town there is a place outside of it and so forth. Everything just falls into spectrum. We are basically trying to kill the cliché of that in order to be fully recognized as an artist, you have to move to Johannesburg. Also, if everything goes well, by December we are planning to reach artists like AKA, Riky Rick and Cassper Nyovest.

Sometime this week we met up with Ace of The Amazing World Of Broke Boy$ at the most popular spot for creatives, The Honeybadger on 91 Loop Street, Cape Town. The Amazing World Of Broke Boy$ have emerged this year as young creatives who share the sentiment of being financially bankrupt with fellow creatives who are still trying to make their dreams come true. Ace, one of the members of the crew had very interesting answers to the questions that we had asked him. 

The Amazing World Of Broke Boy$

Q: Do you feel that street-wear style is worthy enough to be considered as actual fashion?

A: I honestly wouldn’t call it fashion as such but a lifestyle. It is not fashion but expression.

Q: What is The Amazing World Of Broke Boy$ all about?

A: It is about embracing being broke yet powerful, you know? It mostly is a movement – a group of young and talented young people inspiring other talented souls that it is okay to be broke.

Q: How did you come up with this movement?

A: One jolly night at Bob’s Bar on Long, myself and the other guys were there for their R1 tequila shots due to being extremely broke yet we wanted to have a good time regardless. That is where the idea came about.

Q: Are you guys aware that you are the youngest entrepreneurs making waves in the city currently?

A: Not really because I don’t think we have reached our full potential as yet.

Q: Do you make music as well or just clothes and accessories?

A: We are a group of creatives so many of us specialize in different things. We have people making music, photographers, designers and so forth.

Q: Are you really broke or is The Amazing World Of Broke Boy$ just a catchphrase?

A: We are low key broke. Well since we still live under our parents’ roofs but I feel that once we start earning big bucks, we’ll be able to provide for ourselves.

Last but not least, we speak to Anele Qatshana, “A-God” about his exciting music career as a solo artist at only the age of 16. He started out performing live sets and recording actual music around last year with the help of artists who have been around for a while yet he seems to slightly have overtook them.

A-God

Q: Have you always been a solo artist?

A: Not really because I feel that I cannot do some things because I am alone.

Q: What are your views on street-wear style?

A: In terms of street-wear style, is originality, authenticity and I really like that a lot.

Q: Apparently you’re the only young rapper in Cape Town that pays a lot for their craft, is true?

A: If by paying you mean paying for beats, studio time and art work then that’s true.

Q: Don’t you feel that your stage name is blasphemy to some degree seeing that it is “A God”?

A: Not really because I don’t feel that I am offending the Christian religion. Also, I haven’t received any complaints in regards to that.

Q: How long have you been writing for?

A: I have been writing since the age of 14. I was inspired by my cousin who resides in Durban who’s a rapper as well. Spending time with him has had a major influence on my career.

Q: Where do you see your career in the next five years?

A: I’m planning to leave Cape Town by the age of 19. So hopefully by the next five years I will be close to the mainstream media.

Street-wear style has been called freedom of expression, originality and personality. Fashion gurus like Trevor Stuurman, Lulama Wolf and so forth, have made it seem easy and effortless to rock it and devouring it. Stay true to yourself, style and more especially your craft.