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In Photos: Street Style at Joburg's First Annual Capsule Festival

The many cool people of Joburg came out dressed to impress at the first annual Capsule Festival.

The first annual Capsule Festival took place last week Saturday at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg.

The event, which was referred to as a street culture festival, included a skate park, sneaker customization booths, a tattoo parlor, brand pop-up stores.

On the concert’s bill were the likes of A$AP Ferg, Nasty C, AKA, Yanga, Shane Eagle, J Molley, among others.

The many cool people of Joburg came out dressed to impress, as usual.

Below are some pictures from the festival.

The People

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

 

The Performances

A$AP Ferg. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

AKA. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Gemini Major and Tshego. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Frank Casino. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

J Molley. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Shane Eagle. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

2Lee Stark. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Sho Madjozi. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Sho Madjozi. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Da L.E.S. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Stogie T. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


All photography by Sabelo Mkhabela, who's lit on Instagram: @sabzamk

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In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

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