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Blog: Soweto, Thesis Social Jam Sessions

12/08/2009

“Out here in Soweto there is so much untapped potential”, says Mangaliso, the creative director of the collective that is the Thesis Concept Store. Soweto is booming with talent and opportunity but while the rest of the country holds this stigmatised view of what Soweto is, an uprising is in the works. It isn’t a political uprising, but a cultural one. So far, say the organisers, Thesis is the only place in Soweto providing and nurturing a space for creatives to collaborate, be noticed, speak, share, sing and be accepted.

The store designs their own clothes and sells the wares of other local designers and brands such as Jozimental, Black Coffee, Love Jozi, Broken Storn, and I-kangy. Being a concept store, there is more to it than shopping though; magazines and CDs can be found there along with the Social Jam Sessions. At the jam sessions, a monthly gathering on the first Sunday, music is the foundation with resident and guest DJs playing an array of eclectic music ranging from 70s soul to neo soul, hip-hop to trip-hop, jazz to acid jazz and roots reggae to dub steps.

Nombulelo Dhlomo, the girl who keeps everything in check says, “We want to be the main contact point of fashion in Soweto, give assistance to aspiring designers and create a community of creative talent not limiting it to fashion designing but also other areas of design/creativity”.

Check it out.

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