During a time where there isn’t much to look forward to, social media has done its job in ensuring the world stays connected. From amusing challenges to people sharing what they’ve been doing during the pandemic, the content has been both informative and entertaining.
One video that had people talking recently was of what seemed to be a newly wedded couple dancing in their wedding outfits at an Engen petrol station.
In the video it looks as if Cedric Nkolele and Joyce Hopane had come straight from their wedding ceremony but, speaking to DRUM, the duo confirm that wasn’t the case.
In fact, they’re not actually a couple, they’re dancers for the music group Mafikizolo.
Cedric and Joyce have been dancing together since 2014, along with Tebogo Ribane.
DRUM speaks to Cedric about the inspiration behind the video and what they were hoping to get out of posting it.
“Mafikizolo just release a new song called Thandolwethu and I just fell in love with the song. I told Joyce I have this crazy idea of a wedding celebration at a gas station and I sat down with her for 10 minutes to explain the concept. We ran around looking for a wedding dress even though it felt like a crazy idea. The reason why I had to do a wedding vibe at a gas station was all because I wanted people to see that you can celebrate life anywhere at any time.
“The Rex Rabanye song is turning 35 years this year and I saw it fit to also include it in the video. We love taking videos in places that people wouldn’t think it’s possible. Gas stations are my favourite because my late father owned one so I’m kind of honouring him as well,” the dancer says.
Cedric said dancing is his first love and that, when performing, he becomes the happiest person in the world. “I’m all about positivity whereby I just want another person/child to look at me and say, ‘Wow, if he can do it then I can do it better’,” he says.
After graduating from Rosebank College, the Limpopo-born artist – who is signed under Nhlanhla Nciza’s Homebase label – dropped everything and followed what he says defines him. When asked about what he was hoping the video would do for the people watching it, the dancer says he was scared at first.
“I was like, this should bring hope and make someone who is going through something smile. If you check all of the videos you’ll get to see that it’s all about love, fun and laughter. We just wanted to get South Africa to smile a bit and rejoice in these trying times of the pandemic. It’s overwhelming how it got to spread throughout.
“I’ve been interacting with a lot of people over the weekend whereby they just inbox and say, ‘Thank you for always putting a smile on our faces’. In life we all need each other – strangers become family, friends become family. This video gives hope to everyone,” the 33-year-old says.
He says the most touching part about the video is that the family of the late Rex Rabanye reached out to him. “Their words just melted my heart.”
The dancer has been spreading positivity during a difficult time. “I just told myself there are things you can’t change at all and we have to soldier on, trust God and keep safe. I have been doing many videos to keep myself and the people of South Africa smiling. As we have finished 100 days of lockdown, this has taught me that we don’t have all the time in the world and if you want to do something, do it now.”
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