From the archives | Soweto's Magic Mike: How the township's male strippers group started

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Soweto’s Sexiest Guys spoke to us about what it's like to be a male stripper in South Africa
Soweto’s Sexiest Guys spoke to us about what it's like to be a male stripper in South Africa

They are strong, agile, slick and love moving their bodies to any beat.

Their raunchy performances at the Disoufeng Pub in Soweto are legendary and they now have a strong fan base of women and men who love seeing them taking off their clothes. 

They call themselves Soweto’s Sexiest Guys. The group was formed eight years ago and they are still going strong. They've even ventured into other businesses this month.  

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It was manager and founder Wawa Mdebuka's brainchild. Wanda is also a choreographer who has worked with various celebrities. 

“We started eight years ago, that was in 2012,” Wawa says.

Wawa was at the gym when he came up with the idea to recruit the best-looking guys there, and market them as eye candy for the ladies.

“Some of them I used to teach how to dance and most of them weren’t working, so I recruited them.

“And I started something called Eye Candy for the ladies. The plan was for the guys to go to pubs, clubs and private parties to entertain the ladies.”

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The guys would go around socialising bare-chested at various gigs and get paid for it. But not everyone really understood what they did.

“There was a club that the guys used to socialise in, and it was owned by a white guy and he thought we were strippers,” Wawa says.

The money was good so they decided to branch out and learn how to dance.

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“I taught them how to move since I am a professional dancer myself.”

And that's how the Soweto’s Sexiest Guys gained a whole new following.

Now, they do everything. They perform at clubs and casinos, private bachelorettes, kitchen teas, lingerie parties, and even baby showers.

“We have been up and down. All the casinos, Botswana and all over South Africa. 

“We normally do house calls for bridal showers, lingerie parties, and any function that we get invited to.”

Wawa tells us it wasn’t always easy when they started.

Other men thought they were there to steal their partners. 

“When we started, a lot of guys had a problem with us. They didn’t understand what we did and saw us as a threat.

“It was only ladies who got excited when they saw our posts."

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It's getting a lot better now, he says, and they are seeing more men attending their shows and enjoying themselves.

“Now guys also like it, “ Wawa tells Drum. “They say at first they thought it was something else, but now they understand that it is just entertainment for the ladies. And they now even come and watch with their girlfriends.”

Wawa says black people are slowly learning to move with the times.

“When you look at the USA such things have been done for the longest of time.

“Men have watched female strippers and dancers for the longest time. And now things have changed; ladies also want to have fun and be entertained."

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