Scoop Makhathini’s birthday went down this past Saturday, but we’ve decided the whole week might as well be a time to celebrate one of South Africa’s most distinguished mavericks and curators of urban culture. Kicking off the celebrations in a fashion that we’ve come to know to be a tradition in his crew, Scoop’s homies Thomas Gumede and Lungile Radu walked in unannounced on the Turn Up set to throw him a surprise pre-birthday celebration.
“He is not just a presenter”, said Thomas. “He is a Re-Presenter.” Representing, of course, the future which he so often initiates through breaking grounds with his unique sense of fashion. A sense which has translated to garments and styles clad by many aspirant youngins. Yes Scoop, also known as Siyabonga Ngwekazi, is an outstanding presenter. But what truly sets him apart, as he mentioned on the show – is that he is actually a fan of the culture.
And that’s just the beginning. When interviewing Cassper Nyovest on Turn Up minutes before the surprise happened, Nyovest opened up about the amount of respect he has for Makhathini. Most notably, for his undeniable influence in South African Hip Hop and street culture.
But while some may think this is a huge compliment for Scoop, too few can know how much of that stuff actually happens behind the scenes. Even when the cameras are not rolling, many local rappers have nothing but mad gratitude and respect for the contributions made by Scoop to the game. Indeed, he’s been a huge part of seeing the culture through, from its infancy right until now.
He’s been the voice of the generation. We too, like all these rappers and the youth, have nothing but mad love for Scoop Makhathini. And we know without a shadow of doubt that for many years to come, he remain an icon of a rare distinction.