Let me share a night of black excellence I experienced in this gorgeous city that people like to write open letters about as they flee northwards. Sivu Nobogoza decided 27 April was a good time for the freedom friends to congregate at an event called Dark City. Citing his motivation for the event Sivu said “Once in a blue moon an opportunity comes to let go of our frustrations, to stand together with one single truth in mind, that we are free. Here is that moment to feast, meet friends, enjoy musical beats and Arts. Let’s celebrate the Freedom our fathers and mothers fought resiliently for so that we could be the sons and daughters of a free country.”
My dapper friend was very deliberate in his execution of this party with a purpose. We knew upfront that the entrance fee was going to be donated to three orphanages. The venue was a chic art gallery with the catering being taken care of by The Hot Skillet, a venture owned by the charismatic duo from last season of My Kitchen Rules.
After welcome drinks and mingling there was a brief panel discussion between comedian Sivuyile Ngesi, rapper Mzukisi Ntantiso, critically acclaimed author: Me, medical doctor Rebekka Shuuya, clothing designer Tay and businesswoman Busi Jama. We covered so many topics that deserve an entire article themselves. Instead I’m going to share my favourite soundbites.
Siv ” I struggle because I can’t be free if others are not. I’m determined to change this country for the better one person at a time”
Tay ” When it comes to social media I ask: how can you benchmark yourself against perception? Learning to know yourself, that is true freedom.”
Busi ” I am passionate about people. Helping to create sustainable change is my mission.”
Then it was on to more good times, drinks flowing and beautiful people chatting. Dinner was served. I chose steak with Bearnaise sauce served on asparagus. In the spirit of being consistent about supporting black excellence we sipped on Magna Carta wine, made by Mphumeleli Ndlangisa. If you haven’t tried it already I highly recommend you track it down, two sips turned me into a chardonnay drinker.
Mzukisi went onstage as his alter ego Def Eff and got the crowd on its feet with a rousing rap performance. After a brief interlude he took us through a sneakers and wine pairing showcasing his favourite kicks by local brand Magents and the best wines to drink them with. Next to grace the stage was comedian Peter Sserwanga.
The rest of the evening passed with more drinks, a live band and a killer DJ set that kept us long past closing hours. Since then Sivu has turned this into a monthly soiree called Scared of The Dark. Different venue, same commitment to profiling smart creatives who look like us. Check out Facebook for more details.