Maboneng unveils its new space

2015-03-30 16:26

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Hailed as one of the most exciting urban developments in Johannesburg, the Maboneng Precinct yesterday unveiled its second phase with a huge event that played host to massive local and international stars.

Despite some dreary weather and a bit of a slow start, the show picked up as artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat and Ace Hood took to the stage.

The event provided a bit of everything for guests, from an outdoor green chess game featuring famous faces as the players, to an array of food stalls and entertainment.

Most striking was the incorporation of street art in the new part of the precinct, showcasing the best of South African talent.

A mural by Nelson Makamo that depicted South Africa’s techno-savvy kids extended from one side of the wall of the event’s enclosure to the other. On another building, the imposing figure of Nelson Mandela as a young boxer loomed over the space.

As always, the quintessential Maboneng string lights decorated the space.

As the crowds gathered well into the night for the music performances it was clear that the interest was less about the buildings and more about the music.

While most of the other performances ran smoothly, Cassper Nyovest had to restart his set after sound issues almost drowned out his voice. With that hiccup out of the way, guests were able to enjoy some great performances from South Africa’s brightest and best stars.

One thing that was somewhat confusing, considering that the event was all about unveiling the new space, was how rough the area was. The main road in the middle was left unpaved and ditches were covered up with sheets of cardboard. It’s not clear whether this was intentional to give the impression of an unfinished space but considering the drizzly weather and the commitment to fashion of many invited guests, it didn’t quite make for a comfortable experience.

Nevertheless, the raw elements of this new space suggest that with a little sprucing up and some final touches the new section of the precinct could add greatly to the trendy atmosphere of Maboneng.

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