Kaunda Selisho
Lifestyle Journalist
3 minute read
14 Jan 2021
10:48 am

PICS: Entertainment heavyweights gush over the late Wandile Nzimande

Kaunda Selisho

DJ 1D's contribution to urban culture and South African fashion in the post-apartheid landscape has been honoured by many through tributes.

DJ and co-founder of Loxion Kulca Wandile Nzimande. Picture: Instagram @1digital

Tributes to Loxion Kulca co-founder and popular DJ Wandile “DJ 1D” Nzimande have been pouring in since news of his death broke on Kaya FM on Wednesday.

Kaya FM host Sizwe Dhlomo dedicated an hour to paying tribute to Nzimande.

At the time of his passing, Nzimande was a resident DJ at Kaya FM, in addition to his other obligations.

To date, however, Nzimande remained most popular for the role he played in co-founding streetwear brand Loxion Kulca (pronounced lokshin culture), alongside Sechaba Mogale.

The brand quickly gained popularity among South Africa’s youth at a time when they were just igniting their love for music genres such as hip-hop and kwaito, all while redefining the view around life in the township.

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Between 2018 and 2019, Loxion Kulca designs featured in a Zeitz MOCAA exhibition titled 21 Years: Making Histories with South African Fashion Week.

“I would work in the shop with the clothing. When we started in 1999, the hip-hop culture was big. We wanted to incorporate a bit of that into our own look,” said Nzimande in a past interview with Zeitz MOCAA, explaining his upbringing and how working with his mom, who sold clothes, inspired his own journey.

One of Nzimande and Mogale’s biggest motivations was the need to create affordable and workable clothes that would reflect the multiple cultures one finds in the townships, as well as the utility that is required from clothes.

They wanted to put value on the state of mind of working to feed the family and make it cool.

“A township person has many lives in a single day. It starts with travelling, so comfort is key, but then it must also be appropriate for work or for going out on Fridays – clothing must serve many lifestyles.”

Nzimande is also credited as one of the brains behind SABC 1’s Evolution of Mzansi Street Culture, which gave a look behind the history of the evolution of street culture in South Africa.

One of the most common things that stands out in all the tributes that have been posted about Nzimande is how personable he was and how he was always willing to help those who needed a leg up.

 

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Details about his memorial service and funeral will be shared in due course.

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