Inspired by underground icons in the South African music scene and the birth of township indie-culture in music that highlighted the lifestyle of a “Mokakati” (Pretoria slang used to describe a township version of British skin-head and/or “Glocal” rockstar life mentality associated to a larger group of the aesthetically appealing Mapantsula) across many South African townships.
Legends “Mujava and Dj Spoko” created a sound known as Bacardi House music that was populated by local taxis in the townships and made its way to the global house music scene by storm and it would later influence so many urban truly South African “popular” music genres today. Not to mention one of the first few documentations of “Pitori” lifestyle and influence on pop culture, putting emphasis on the notion of this concept by boasting influences from the real-life charater of Warren Masemola who is from Pretoria and is also one of the first artist in his craft to follow in these footsteps and is genuinely a real “Mokakati” in Sir Abner’s opinion.
Inspired by the song “Casablanca” by Mujava this serves as the sound score to the nature of the life of the garments and fashion styles of these characters. Sir Abner extends the creative spectrum of this notion by collaborating on a remix that features himself on the vocals produced by internationally acclaimed Portuguese Dj and Electronic Afro house music producer Djeff and dear friend for Application Form trait-marked. The song features a 8 minute spoken word S/O highlighting the universal language these guys music has spoken to the creative industry at large for creatives such as Sir Abner and Djeff to even think like this and the coincidence that has brought these two artists together to pay homage to the music that sees both their worlds become one. The soundtrack single is set to release on the 31st August 2020 on iTunes and across all popular music platform.
From preppy classics, street wear movement and raw & tailored silhouettes of Amapantsula mixing edgy contemporary messaging in the form of metaphors, puns and juxtapositions. The reinvention of Argyle check knit into graphic prints, influences of Dickies khakis and worn by Amapantsula and extended in material applications and garment style-ups create new textures and a over-all fresh feel for menswear. This collection is meant to feel more like a “hyper-sampler’s” artistic expressions that are informed by the lingo, dance moves, lifestyle motifs, uniform attires and individualistic mannerism of the wearer, right down to the names given to the pieces in the collection.
Application Form trait-marked Mens transitional 20/21 collection seeks to aspire to the ideals of celebrating the art of a “Mokakti” on a global approach to “pop culture” to redefine it’s narrative and document the persona of these figures to make direct perception awareness to that of the globally glorified sex, drugs, alcohol and cult driven lifestyles of rock stars throughout western history and the rest of the world. More than anything to tell the stories of these versions of teen spirit in South Africa.