Thursdays have assumed the gauntlet for the day we look back at what passed on as fashion, style and good music a couple of years ago. A throwback to the good ol’ days when inflation was a bit lower and oxygen was that much cleaner. Before we expose our age, the our flashback dates way back to the hominin days, fast track to days where it was fashionable to dawn animal skin and skip to days where the best compliment you could give a girl was tell her she’s Ntofontofo.
Discovered in 2015, Homo Naledi’s fossil skeletons were found in the Gauteng province, in the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star Cave system. Dubbed a new species of human relative, Homo Naledi has been observed to have exhibited behaviour previously thought to be limited only to human beings. Fast-forward to 2015, Homo Naledi’s descendants, assuming everything remained the same, would be in the mall waving their selfie sticks without a single care.
Easily South Africa’s best television series, Shaka Zulu was one of the first motion pictures that embraced South Africa’s heritage to the fullest length it could go at the time. Based on the story of the king of the Zulu, Shaka, who reigned for over 10 years in the 1800’s, the series encapsulated all the gory details depicted in Joshua Sinclair’s novel of the same name. The TV series featured the talents of the late Henry Cele as Shaka, a character no doubt would give any Oscar winner a run for their money.
Thulani Ngcobo, famously known as Pitch Black Afro came up with the wave of many Soweto-born musician who dominated Kwaito music that have seen their reign wane over the years. He found rapping a successful way to control his stutter, and the music community found it endearing that he embraced his gap and the famous Afro. He was rumoured to be plotting a comeback earlier in the year, promising a couple of singles before the year ends. With just over two months to go, we wait with bated breath for the once highest-selling hip hop artist in the country, a claim no one can overlook.