COOL-OUT EVENT KEEPS VINTAGE ALIVE
By: Nomfundo Mlaba
Durban hosted the 9th “Cool-out-vintage” at Ciao Bella Café, around the Ushaka Marine area this past weekend.
This monthly event is said to be the coolest party in KZN, and celebrates African art and local clothing brands by the youth of Durban.
Activities on this day reflect the continent’s diversity and celebrate the creativity of our local youth.
This event mainly focuses on old school clothing, 80s-90s “vintage”. This style of dressing is a trend amongst the youth of today.
Wandile Ziqubu, a designer selling some of his self-made clothing, described the Cool-Out-Vintage as a celebration of local talent.
“This event brings Durban creativeness under one roof where they network, share ideas and wear whatever they feel is good and comfortable for them,” Ziqubu said.
“There are also pop up stores where vintage fashion is sold- these are local brands and clothes made by designers,” added Ziqubu.
In this month’s cool-out-vintage event, they had the likes of Ma-E, Maggs and Okmaloomkoolkat who are among the best artists the hip-hop music industry has to offer.
There was also DJs who kept the crowd on their feet like Gagasi FM’s DJ Tp.
According to the people who attended the event, they said the earlier performances were a bit dull, including Ma-E and Maggs performances.
A majority of the crowd was not happy with Maggs because he did not sing what is referred to as his best verse on the hit song Amantombazane remix by Ricky Rick.
The best performance of the night has to be Okmaloomkoolkat, who wowed the crowd with his exclusive dance moves that got the crowd up on their feet dancing along with him.
Okmaloomkoolkat said he is proud to be a part of this event especially because Durban is his home.
“I am very honoured to be performing for these talented people because they appreciate my art. We all have something in common and that is the love we have for art, fashion and music,” Okmaloomkoolkat said.