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by Andy Davis / 27.10.2009

Imagine a bug’s eye view on what we like to call Jozi’s amakipkip generation. You know those uber cool, eccentricly dressed black kids who rock out in all that neon, Nike sneakers and skinny-skinny jeans? It’s quite a scene. So VUZU decided to act on it and created a show called Cream Cartel. A loosely scripted reality joint about four of the campest fashionistas to hit Joburg’s Northern Suburbs, all neon’d up and ready to rock. The premise is that they’re four young fashionistas, 3 guys, Choc, Abiya and Guy and a girl, Mome, all trying to make name and bucks in the fashion industry. It’s kind of 3 parts Bruno 1 part Leon Schuster with a fair sprinkling of inane Big Brother moments. But hey it’s a window on a whole new world of Mzanzi’s emergent dandy culture, even if it does come across as both fatuous and ludicrous at times. I guess it’s unfair to judge the show from just watching the first episode, leaked on the internet a week before it screens on Vuzu, and available for you below. But here we go. It revolves around the Cream Cartel punking South African fashion week. Followed by a camera they swan around the Convention Centre, purloin some champagne and gatecrash an after party. But it lacks any of Sacha Baron Cohen’s balls out courage to occupy a truly outrageous space and stay in character. While it treads the same kinds of lines, the Cartel don’t seem willing or able to really put themselves in the spotlight and do something outrageous. But you can see they’re keen. So it comes across as a series of false starts followed by barely concealed self-consciousness which they over-compensate by being loud and brash. Instead they’re left to occupy the periphery and do some very minor level punking – which mainly involves talking loud and being fabulous and dismissive. And it comes across as rude and somewhat arrogant and falls far short of entertainment.

The thing is, it’s really quite a cool premise for a TV show. Apart from the obvious visual magnetism, the characters have good potential to get their teeth in and expose the notoriously consumerist and vacuous fashion world – especially against the backdrop of a 3rd world country. And it would be really cool if this thing improved, got relevant and exploded. It’s been years since the Pure Monate Show and we really need some of our own local productions to achieve cult status and support. That said, it’s just the first episode. We live in hope that characters and the show grow some big hairy balls. Even you Mome…

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RESPONSES (22)
  1. Doctor L. says:

    Nice scoop, Andy!

    “The thing is, it’s really quite a cool premise for a TV show. Apart from the obvious visual magnetism, the characters have good potential to get their teeth in and expose the notoriously consumerist and vacuous fashion world – especially against the backdrop of a 3rd world country.”

    That would be dope.

    I would also like to see Lolo Veleko and Musa Nxumalo’s commentaries undercutting there somewhere, “fashioning” identity, and perhaps mapping out the sub-culture, which, when considered from various standpoints, can actually be quite radical.

    But from the show’s premise, maybe this isn’t it, quite yet.

    Hmm.

    (Just thought about how it would be tragic if this sub-culture were ‘entirely co-opted’ by the mainstream before it had a chance to state it’s case.)

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  2. djf says:

    Just what we need at the height of a recession. Not.

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  3. Thabo says:

    I think its great!
    something fresh for sure!

    def best content on Vuzu…. so far

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  4. DjMX says:

    Characters could be more daring.
    good show tho. Well produced

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  5. Beeekaay says:

    Hmmmmm….am reserving my comments for now.

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  6. Alternative-kid says:

    M-m-M-m-M-m-M…..M.I.A Generation.

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  7. gay face says:

    wow,that was really awful..well written but obnoxiosly boring subject..that blonde chick is kak nasty..

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  8. Graeme Swanepoel says:

    LOVE it!

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  9. Inspector Ras says:

    It’s got energy! That’s for sure. And the characters make you take a position on them. Either dig them or think they’re a bunch of toolbags. Attititude ahoy! That’s right! Attititude!

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  10. Hell o says:

    IMAGINE DRESSING UP LIKE AN TWAT EVERY DAY… AND THEN ACTING LIKE ONE… ITS NOT VERY ORIGINAL. THE SMARTIES ARE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS OVERLOADED ON COCAINE AND THEY ALL THINK THEY ARE FAMOUS. CHRIST YOUR GONNA LAST ONE SEASON AND THEN OUT THE WINDOW. MAYBE THERE IS WORK FOR YOU GUYS AT THE NIKE SHOP SWEEPING THE FLOOR AFTER WARDS.

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  11. Maor says:

    reminds me of this major lazer vid:http://www.vimeo.com/5942589

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  12. Graeme Swanepoel says:

    @ Major

    that is bizarrely awesome
    wow. love it! kitch awesome

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  13. pssqaured says:

    nice i like it, bigups 2 my girl Mome and my boy Choc….

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  14. blcklee says:

    well for the first episode it was bad maybe expecting a bit 2mcuh maybe it will get better. good thing its only 30minutes lng 😉

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  15. lejewta says:

    i haope they all get shot…what a bunch of untalented retards, i never knew working at a CLOTHING STORE COUNTS AS TALENT, WERE LIVING IN a strange world… Its shit like this that makes white people move to australia.

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  16. Andy says:

    Only white people… Imagine the day when TV gets so bad that black people start immigrating to Australia?

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  17. EMMA says:

    The writers of the show need to work harder. The characters need to relax into their roles and trust that they actually CAN be interesting ENOUGH without pulling tongues and attacking each other to try make it look so. They are trying too hard and coming across more silly than ‘whack’.
    Guy is definitely the one who is closer to getting there. Choc and the male diva need to rein it in a bit- they are trying way too hard. Stuff actually needs to “happen”- what do they actually DO??
    Send them on a REAL mission writers, they are playing it up because there is actually NO CONTENT for them to work with.

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  18. mofo25 says:

    This show rocks.

    all you haters out there, PLEASE!

    get wit da culture yo. its hot right now, just cos u be workin in a BANK, suck my …

    fresh. thats my 2 cents…

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  19. boi says:

    SWaGALICIOUS!!!

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  20. Patrick says:

    Ah m js lovn da show,n i knw da cream crtl membrz r gna make it bg in da fashn industry,bt mst dffintly,i wana b dressd by cream cartel.much lov hey.

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  21. blackdoll says:

    i love da show with all my heart dont let any haters get in ur way. ABIAH baby u r FABULOUS much lovies X…O…X..O

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  22. Refiloe says:

    Where do i even begin……YOU GUYS ARE FANTASTIC!!!I just love how all your personalities come togerther with so much ease.Fashion is very complex in terms of people not seeing or understanding what one individual is trying to bring across.I see myself in each and every one of you regarding dress sense.I’d really love to see myself in your shoes soon as i’m an aspiring designer.KEEP UP the great work!!!!!lotsa lurveeee…..x0x0

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