Scoop Makhathini enjoys the enduring respects of the South African Hip Hop and fashion industry as one of the country’s best dressed media personalities. Fashion lovers who have studied his fashion forward outfits know this – his style is fascinating to explore, appealing to imitate but not easy to understand.
And as if being touted as one of the nation’s best presenters in not itself awesome enough, the stylish Hip Hop pundit clearly has no inhibitions putting on full display his original fashion aesthetic, most of which consists of unique garments he discovers in unconventional spaces, many remixes with his own understated sewing skills.
When he finally joined Instagram last year after years of his style trickling down timelines in his absentia, we knew a catalogue of visually interesting clothing was coming. Goodness! We want more action on that page.
Known for taking a few seconds to explain how he put his outfit together at the beginning of every episode of Turn Up (Fridays at 8:30 PM on Channel O, DStv channel 320), Scoop, real name Siyabonga Ngwekazi, has a passion for finding designs, prints, colours, cuts and shapes tailored for his personality.
What a personality it is!
With a cult following devoted to his weekly interventions and opinions on South African pop and street culture, Hip Hop, fashion and everything in between, Scoop has a big voice. Literally and figuratively. His voice is loud, eloquent and informed. Sometimes, many times, quite controversial.
His fashion choices often function to elevate his big personality of unbridled authenticity. Sometimes it’s the vintage flare he puts together by sourcing garb from local designers, thrift spots in the Joburg CBD and online stores. Other times it’s combinations of traditional inspiration with hints of urban Hip Hop street swag.
Sometimes he creatively reconstructs and remixes clothes to add his own aesthetic. Rarely, but notably, he comes on the white throne clad simply.
Here’s a look at 10 times he recently attended to our fascination with his style hits