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Words by: Kemiso Wessie
Photography: Grape The Creator
Videography: TwoFold
Set & Creative : Thabo & Thabiso
Lighting: Martome & Amu AJ
Production Manager: Hlengiwe Mkwayi
Set Assistant: Lerato Modiselle
Styling: Frank The Loner
Styling Assist: Kgali M
Make-up & Look: Esihle N Beauty

repare to be captivated by the irresistible charisma and boundless creativity of Vuyo Mogatlha, the remarkable visionary behind the enigmatic persona of Uncle Vuzi. From the bustling streets of Johannesburg emerges a 23-year-old luminary who has revolutionized the art of event curation, becoming an influential force to be reckoned with.

As the orchestrator of unforgettable gatherings, Uncle Vuzi has carved his own path in the realm of party perfection. His innate talent for harmonizing elements of ambiance, entertainment, and style has earned him the revered title of "Vibe Curator." With a touch of his magic, he breathes life into every occasion, infusing it with an unparalleled energy that leaves guests in awe.

Behind the scenes, Uncle Vuzi is the mastermind behind Street Kred Events, the visionary company responsible for organizing legendary spectacles like Inkredible Summer and Day In Day Out. In his relentless pursuit of excellence, he has formed prestigious partnerships with renowned brands aligning their essence with his extraordinary events.

Recognized for his unwavering commitment to fostering the next generation of talent, Uncle Vuzi was handpicked to be part of MTVBase's GenChange platform in 2021, serving as a catalyst for elevating the voices of young creatives. Furthermore, as one of the luminary minds comprising the illustrious creative agency known as The Vegas House, he continues to shape the cultural landscape, fearlessly blazing trails and setting trends that reverberate across industries.

Step into the vivid world of Uncle Vuzi, where passion and innovation collide, and witness the awe-inspiring journey of a true tastemaker and influencer. Through his infectious enthusiasm and groundbreaking artistry, he has redefined the boundaries of celebration, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all those who have the privilege of experiencing his extraordinary events.

Q: What pushes or inspires you to keep creating?

UNCLE VUZI (UV): I think the biggest thing is obviously for me to create something sustainable for myself, something that I don't have to depend on anyone to live off of. Every day is a new day to create and live off my work.

 

How would you define your journey so far?

UV: “Resilience.” I’ve been resilient enough to stay through everything that I've gone through from earning a small amount of money a week to now being able to put bread on the table and a roof over my head. I've been greatly carried by faith, I think for some time, especially during Covid we weren't sure what was going to happen but I think faith has carried me this far. A big part of my journey has been faith.

What impact do you hope your creations have on your audience?

UV: I hope people can cav [see] that your past doesn't define you. You really only have yourself to get through everything that you need to get through and I hope people can see that through me. I've backed myself from the beginning, have always taken the risk and always bet on myself to make things happen. I hope that's what people can see.

What are some challenges you faced as a creator and how did you overcome them?

UV: In being creative you obviously aspire to be a lot of things but in that, there are a lot of resources that you need and people that you need to connect with. I think for a very long time trying to make my dream come alive without those resources was very difficult but I had people around me that I could use, my friends would borrow me their clothes to make content, and I would throw events with literally no money in my account. As a result, I had to sell myself short to make things happen. For a long time, I was dependent on other people's money to make the events happen but now I'm in a better place where I can make that happen on my own and can own my brand fully. I’ve had to develop this confidence over time, the confidence to be myself and trust that people will accept me for who I am.

Can you share a project that you are particularly proud of and why?

UV: As part of the Cape Town edition of Rocking The Daisies, Heineken took me down to CT to be part of the Heineken house stage, which really opened my eyes up to the endless possibilities and opportunities that life can bring you.

How do you handle criticism or negative feedback on your work?

UV: I only really handle criticism from people that see my vision because it’s very hard to accept an opinion from someone that doesn’t see it. But to be honest, I don't really get much negative criticism and I don't think I've really seen anything that's put me back to thinking that people are hating on me. But there are those unsolicited opinions; those are really annoying. I can handle opinions if they’re from someone that I feel knows what I'm trying to do but other than that, I just block out the noise.

Chivas urges us to be bold and to be 'Regal' so what makes you great and separates you from the rest of the crowd?

UV: I'm in my own lane and I follow my own rules. I'm obviously inspired by a lot of people but I also inspire myself. I didn’t go to school for what I'm doing right now, I've created my own syllabus, my own textbook, if I can say, for everything that I’m doing and I'm really just going with what I like and what I vibe with.

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