A native of Algeria, Steve 'Stevovo' Azizen was born on the 23rd of March in the year 1991. At the outbreak of the Y2K Bug at the tender age of 9, Stevovo moved to the ever diverse and welcoming beloved South Africa.
If you haven't met Stevovo in person then you wouldn't expect an Algerian guy to greet you with a Street cool 'Eita' or 'Dintshang daar'. But as the old age saying goes, 'When in Rome...' Steve has grown up with Tswana, Zulu and other native speaking South Africans in the vibrant streets of Pretoria, where He picked up and ran with the art of DJing alongside the likes of Bojo Mujo.
I'm not writing this article for a free round at Club Zoom Zoom or a Quart or two at Rio Tech. Stevovo is an exceptional if not extraordinary tale of Business and Entertainment that come along once in a while.
At the tender age of 15 He was entrusted with opening and running Carlo Pub in the fierce nightlife market of Africa's richest Capital city. He has since come a long way in the opening and successfully running Club Zoom Zoom at www.clubzoomzoom.co.za, Rio Tech, Club Africa (Which was subsequently sold to fellow countrymen), Mamas Pub and Stevovo's Cafe in Sunnyside which were also later sold to give way to more modern venues such as Club Zoom Zoom.
In less than the 7 years in which I have had the pleasure to know Him, He has amazed us all climbed the ladder as one of the most Successful Entertainment Entrepreneurs in Pretoria.
Stevovo is also known for His outlandish and seemingly crazy specials like, '50cent for Beer' or 'Cider for R1' Rush hours, which have proved to be effecient in the Market He's come to Master. Stevovo is A friend indeed and his Happy Hours are Happy Hours indeed.
Rio Tech is a Student environment in it's own space and vibe. You might walk in and immediately bump into Stevovo, and all around him is Students from the Surrounding institutions, having lunch, doing assignments or just having warm group conversations to lighten up their stressful academic schedules.
Stevovo has managed to upgrade and operate Rio Tech effectively, but not without a few bumps in the road, here and there. But as the Algerians say, 'El gaeb hedjtou maeh - The absent has always got a justification', Stevovo makes it a point He's constantly present and involved in all the Venues he runs.
That may be reason why His other Venue is right across the Street, I'm talking about Club Zoom Zoom. The Club is a world apart from Rio Tech, While it's sister venue might be busy and packed with Students munching or chatting away, Stevovo has managed to Tao-Balance out the two venues like a tightrope artist.
Club Zoom Zoom is a a mellow, almost cosmopolitan styled Club with a hint of Party mood vibes. Stevovo has worked hand in hand with Head DJ, Indiano to make it a point that Club Zoom Zoom stays vibrant and relevant as one of the leading clubs in Pretoria.
The young patrons are drawn by the Stevovo-Styled ludicrous specials like a Rand-a-Beer that once spawned a Queue around the Church Street, I mean Helen Joseph street block, while a parallel special of 2 Rands-a-Cider was also enthusiastically welcomed.
The most immediate outcome of the City's Urban renovation enterprise has been a caucus of institutions such as Denver College, Springfield Further Education & Training, TUT and Tshwane North College Buffering the Zone into a Higher education district, making for a vibrant nightlife.
Besides the obvious, Club Zoom Zoom has a pack of perks to offer to it's following. They have a party hosting package where patrons can come and throw their own party, hosted by Stevovo personally.
In case you take Club Zoom Zoom lightly you may want to pause for a moment and look into their weekly shows. The line ups are always worthy of any TV or Radio Show. The Club doesn't host a Gemini nerd once in a while, they host big Artists and DJs, perhaps the Best South Africa has to offer.
Among the list of Stars that have graced Club Zoom Zoom with their presence is Dr. Malinga, Oskido, Uhuru, Chomee, Mahoota Vs. Vetkoek, Ifani, Kelly Khumalo, DJ Ganyani, DJ Cleo, DJ Clock, TeddyBears, DJ Zinhle and a lot more quality performers.
But don't just take my word for it. Right across the Street from TNC at the infamous Rio Tech cafe, I meet up with Vuyelwa Soga and Victoria Kekana, IT Students at Denver College who have just joined their friend Tseliso Matlakeng, a PR Student from Rosebank College.
Apparently they meet Regularly at the Cafe-Cum-Club for drinks and they seem to like soaking in the Corner spot for it's vibe. "Monday to Thursday I study, but on Fridays I like Coming here", Says Matlakeng, Sounding Merry.
And a Bit of History as always.
Rio Tech apparently takes it's name from the former Pretoria Technikon, the Forerunner of TUT, which faces the cafe, also it has since spectacularly revamped and improved on the dank tarven it used to be, Thanks to Stevovo and the management team.
These improvements are in line with the City's West capital project, designed to link it's centre with areas to it's west and make Pretoria highly sustainable, Says Pillay.
One of the project's components is called Student Village. It aims to build quality learning and living spaces (for students). The Student learning precincts, of which this area is but one, eventually will turn Pretoria into a notable Academic hub.
Well we all know who's gonna be there waiting. Stevovo, with the Craziest drinks specials you've ever seen, the best DJs and Artists and Entertainment you can always count on and afford.
As the Algerian Saying goes, 'Yedd ouahda ma tsafek - One hand can't applaud', This has been an Entertainment review from S.W. Mabotja, for more info check out my blog swmabotja.amanicorp.co.za.
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