On 28 September 2018, a group of media and influencers enjoyed an exclusive peek into Nando’s Central Kitchen, art and design studios and the chance to get Fired Up and creative about #NandosArt
The day started off with a design-your-own-drink styled gin bar in the courtyard at Nando’s Central Kitchen (CK), followed by an informal information session on how and why Nando’s supports the creative arts. The group then enjoyed a tour of Nando’s CK, while playing a game of art bingo.
The winner, Tayla Foong of Dokter and Misses, got to choose a Creative Block of her choice from the Nando’s collection to take home with her.
The tour proceeded to Victoria Yards, where designer David Krynauw was on hand to show everyone his studio and chat about his work. Unfortunately, the weather then took a turn for the worse, but undeterred by the rain, the group met artists Nkosinathi Quwe and Vusi Beauchamp.
From there, the group escaped the rain to check out the Spier Arts Trust studios. Next up was a fun activation – each person had the opportunity to create a screen-printed tote bag as a keepsake. Finally, the tour finished back at the Victoria Yards bar.
Laurice Taitz-Buntman wrote on Instagram, “Spent Friday afternoon on an art and design tour of Nando’s Central Kitchen in Lorentzville. I have managed to do this a few times and each visit gets even more impressive – [story] of a local chicken 🐔 brand that is taking South African art and design to the world and sustaining an economy of Southern African artists. Nando’s has built an African art collection of around 21 000 pieces that are displayed across 24 countries. An internal portal for design allows licensees to order SA design pieces and furniture for stores globally while art and design competitions and buying trips at local studios are keeping many artists thriving rather than just surviving. This chicken business is powerful and heartening stuff!”
Kirsty Niehaus, who runs the Nando’s art initiative, explained that Nando’s has been investing in art and design since 2001. “We’re passionate about Southern Africa and sharing its story in a way that makes a meaningful difference in people’s lives,” she says. “We support several artist development programmes, which are administered by Spier Arts Trust. We also run our own design competition – Nando’s Hot Young Designer – aimed at identifying and supporting emerging Southern African designers. This year we’ve launched the Nando’s Portal to Africa – an online website from which Nando’s interior designers around the world can order from our curated collection of furniture and lights. The Nando’s art and design tour event gave us a chance to share our passion with a group of creative-savvy media and social media influencers. We hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.”
For more information on Nando’s art and design, visit www.nandos.co.za/explore/art.
WATCH: HHP On His latest EP & Finding A Balance With His Music
HHP dropped his aptly named EP, Feels Good To Be Back about 2 weeks ago and the result was what we imagine has been missing in music for a young minute. The veteran rapper is working on his 10th studio album which is set to drop next year so in the mean time, he teased us with his 5 track EP.
The 5 tracks on the EP are all different sounds and feels that place HHP in a position where we have never heard him before. He describes it as an “experimental” side of himself and this is most def audible from the first track.
Almost the entire EP features up and coming producer, Hugo flash who did a splendid job in the sound and quality of the beats.
We sat down with him and he explained the concept behind the EP as well as how the project came about. He also spoke a little about how he met Hugo Flash who produced almost the entire EP.
“For me, the EP was a journey of like the different sonic sounds that we’ve been experiencing in South Africa from the time I started in 2009 as hip Hop Pantsula… I wanted to kind of like find a middle ground for the older generation Hip Hop lover to the new age as well.”
“I wanted to kinda show people that music isn’t so much about trend but just about relevance. You can always just find your way in anywhere. Because music is just different shades of colour and depending on how you put it together, that’s how you get your beautiful piece.”
Check out the rest of the interview!