Meet The Makers at Basha Uhuru, Fired up by Nando’s

Celebrated graphic designer Milton Glaser said: “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” And WOW is what is being served up in the design exhibit at the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival, Fired up by Nando’s.

Nando’s has always been committed to nurturing talent and providing a platform for young South African creativity to grow. The latest Nando’s Hot Young Designer competition has focused on fabric designers.  Competition finalists have been selected and will have their designs featured at the 2018 Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival, from 28 to 30 June. Previous Nando’s Hot Young Designers from the 2015 competition will be sharing their ideas through creative talks and hosting workshops at the Basha Uhuru Creative Summit on Friday 29 June.

Commemorating 42 years since the Soweto uprisings, the Basha Uhuru festival celebrates all forms of South African creativity. Design gets to shine at the two-day Creative Summit taking place on 28 and 29 June.

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Candice Lawrence is a prolific designer-maker and one of the 2015 finalists in the Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search who has gone on to make a splash since. Candice does her own turning and manufacturing in her workshop in Cape Town, using recycled wood offcuts as her manufacturing material. She sells her lighting, homeware and stationery products through her shop, Modern Gesture. You can view Candice’s latest techniques and work at this year’s Basha Bacha Creative Summit

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Malibongwe Tyilo is a former fashion buyer turned multimedia journalist who partners with Nando’s as a contributing editor. He has worked as the Editor-at-Large for Visi, South Africa’s premier décor, architecture, and design magazine, and as a contributing- and then editor for ELLE South Africa and ELLE Decoration SA. His columns have been featured in City Press, Woolworths W magazine, Woolworths TASTE magazine, and House & Leisure. Mali recently guest edited the new design annual launched by Nando’s, Clout, and will be acting as the spokesperson for Nando’s Hot Young Designer Competition at Basha Uhuru.

 Malibongwe Tyilo

Thabisa Mjo of Mash T Design studio won the Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search in 2015 for her Tutu 2.0 light, which went on to win the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa Award at the 2018 Design Indaba. Her lights, which are inspired by the traditional Tsonga Xibelani skirt, have been bought for Nando’s Restaurants around the world. This year, Thabisa, will be speaking and hosting a workshop at the Basha Bacha Creative Summit.

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Wacy Zacarias was born in Mozambique. At a very young age, she left to live and then study in Johannesburg, London, New York and Berlin. She is the founder of the brand Woogui and began her path in the fashion industry in 2008 when the first Woogui collection was launched. In 2015, she established a partnership with fashion and textile designer Djamila de Sousa and together they launched Karingana Wa Karingana, a surface and textile design brand. Nando’s has commissioned Karingana Wa Karingana to create a bespoke range of fabric to use in its restaurants around the world. She is also one of the judges of this year’s Nando’s Hot Young Designer competition. Wacy will be sharing her expertise on fabrics and printing at the Basha Bacha Creative Summit and hosting a workshop on Friday 29 June.

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Think design, talk design

Now in its sixth year, the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival will feature a lineup of sensational local artists, designers and musicians celebrating the youth of 1976. We’re not just exhibiting their work; we’ll be talking about it too. Join the conversation at the Basha Uhuru Creative Summit, and meet the makers, movers and shakers.

Ready for a new perspective, Jozi? Don’t miss the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival Fired up by Nando’s at Constitution Hill from 28 – 30 June 2018.

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