Each year I give back in one of the little ways that I can – by performing for free at fundraising events for charities that I believe in. A couple of days after getting back home to Cape Town from the Hashtag Beach Party in Lusaka, Zambia, I was back on a flight up to Johannesburg for one of these very events – no rest for the wicked!
— MSF Southern Africa (@MSF_southafrica) September 2, 2016
The cause: Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders).
The event: A real dazzler that aimed to ‘bring awareness to the plight of refugees and migrants in Africa and around the world through a dramatic presentation of art and entertainment.’ – MSF
Headlined by the legendary Hugh Masekela, with art by Bambo Sibiya, Luca Sola and Sizwe Khoza up for auction. Event Alchemy produced the gorgeous event which took place at one of my favourite venues in Joburg, Turbine Hall.
Styled beautifully with an Afrocentric, laid-back yet exquisitely chic feel that created a unique environment for would-be-bidders to sit back, chill out and imagine the various artworks they were surrounded by hanging in their own homes or businesses. I personally love performing at lounge-y and cocktail-style events, they always feel so upbeat and inclusive.
— Christophe Jouet (@Christophe_J) September 2, 2016
A highlight of the evening for me, was the dramatic fashion show by African online fashion platform KISUA. Timeless designs, beautiful fabrics, a brand that is proudly showcasing African designers – love love love! I spent a while lovingly gazing through their site afterwards, I do think I’ll be adding some KISUA to my life in the not too distant future.
I’ll be honest, I don’t generally pay attention to the speeches made at corporate events. I’m usually preoccupied with a costume change or busy quietly analyzing the audience from a dark corner, trying to work out what to play for them next. It was hard not to be drawn into the various presentations made at this particular event though; the work MSF is doing is unbelievable. It was simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring to hear from people who have helped those forced to flee their homes and/or who are living in desperate conditions. MSF and the work they do is definitely worth reading up about and supporting if you can.