From Daveyton days to all Africa
Kabomo Vilakazi shares his love of Africa, his travel wish list and his favourite hot spots in Daveyton
ARTISTIC jack of all trades Kabomo Vilakazi is a musician, poet, writer, filmmaker, actor and producer who, after 10 years of polishing his craft, now contests among the best with his debut soul album, All Things Grey.
Hailing from Daveyton on the East Rand, the Uzobuya star has travelled extensively on the continent and shares his love of Africa, his travel wish list and his favourite hot spots in Daveyton.
What is the one thing that sets Daveyton apart from other neighbourhoods?
It used to be the classic Chevrolet taxis, but they were replaced by Toyota Avanzas. Now the area just looks like any other.
What do you love about your hometown?
Daveyton is one of the few townships with an accredited music school and half of the local music industry plays with artists from there.
Where would you take someone to chill out?
Esihlahleni. It's a cool spot where you get the best kota in the world, get your car washed and have a drink at the same time. There are always cool people around and great music playing.
Your favourite barbershop?
Any corner in Daveyton. There is also a very old one at Skwereni that I've been going to practically my whole life.
What do people do on Sundays?
There are a few spots like Lapeng where people just hang out. They usually have live music on weekends. They even have comedy nights where some of the country's top comedians come to perform. You can braai meat, get drinks and just have a good time. Daveyton is not a violent place, so you don't ever hear nasty stories about it.
Who do you think is Daveyton's best export?
For me it has to be Lebo Mathosa. Such a talent. So brave. So humble. Lebo didn't try to be like anyone else, she was always herself. She left us way too soon.
Which is your favourite country on the continent?
Mozambique. I love prawns. The country also has happy people who just want to heal from their war-torn history.
What is your favourite home away from home?
I'm in at least three to four hotels a week. After a while they are just rooms. I prefer B&Bs but only if the owner is not intrusive.
What place would you like to see before you die?
The whole African continent.
Which is your favourite city in South Africa?
Cape Town. I love that you can experience all that beauty and relax without leaving the country.
Your favourite area to live in?
Melville, because I can write there. I live in a secluded cottage in the heart of the suburb. Melville inspires me.
What is your favourite hang-out spot?
I love foreign films so I go to Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank.
Your favourite drink?
Granadilla Twist, as well as Jack Daniels. Both were once my father's favourites.
Your favourite fashion brand?
I am not a fashionista. My team takes care of my wardrobe. But I think Distinctive Wear makes great suits.
This article was first published in the printed newspaper on 22 October 2012