Tuesday, August 7, 2012

South African Art: Fashion, Music and Street Art

A Taste of Africa
by Elissa Watters, guest blogger

from Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg
David Tlale
Not only does South Africa provide a beautiful landscape and plentiful wildlife to photograph, but Johannesburg is an international city brimming with fashion, music, public art and more.

Fashion Week

Don’t miss the upcoming Autumn/Winter South African (SA) Fashion Week collections!  The works will be showcased in Johannesburg in September, but featured collections will soon be up on the SA Fashion Week website.  In March, the Spring/Summer collections will be showcased.  The SA Fashion Week displays some of the top designers in South Africa; the event itself includes both fashion shows for buyers and media, and a fashion showroom exhibition for consumers.

To get a taste of South Africa, listen to South African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  In the spring, this renowned group received its 16th Grammy Award Nomination for its latest album, “Songs From A Zulu Farm.”

rhapsody, rochester
Street Art
Visit South African artist Faith47’s street art, which is on display in cities across the world, from New York to Paris to Tel Aviv and beyond.  In addition to murals, Faith47 does paintings, sketches and prints, which are exhibited in museums throughout the world.  Faith47’s works are mysterious and dream-like, combining elements of reality and fiction, yet they are stunningly beautiful and enchanting.