Mr Kata brings Cal Vin’s fashion label back to life
Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Correspondent
Zim’s hip-hop artist Mr. Kata (real name Mbongeni Michael Katandika) has revived the late king of rap, Cal Vin’s clothing label, Grade Street Collection in order to preserve the legacy of the artist.
The late music superstar formed the label which also had the Ndebele Rap brand around 2014.
âGrade Street is derived from life experiences. I was taking notes in school and spent most of my life on the Elokshini streets. I have a weakness for fashion, which I think comes from my father who always had a good sense of coordination.
âI just like to look good and I like to show off all the talent that I have. I do all of my designs, âCal Vin said as he prepared to launch the label.
However, after launching it, it appears that he then decided to abandon the project, possibly due to a lack of support.
Bulawayo-based Mr Kata, known for his label Zvanhuwa Fashion which won the 2018 Zim Hip-Hop Best Brand Supporting Award at the Zim Hip Hop Awards, gives the label another try.
The brand’s collection includes a selection of hip-hop outfits such as snapbacks and t-shirts. The Banjalo Abantu slogan has also been added to the Grade Street collection.
When Cal Vin died last year in a mysterious hit-and-run accident, most people understood the lyrics to his track Banjalo Abantu. It became the song of the moment, which is why Mr. Kata decided to add this slogan.
Yesterday, Mr Kata told The Chronicle Showbiz that he recently met Cal Vin’s mother, Sinikiwe Luphahla, to discuss the fashion business. He said all he wants is to make sure the business is revived and supports the family’s livelihoods.
âCal Vin was my biggest brand ambassador and always got away with it, especially when needed. So when he passed away, I decided to do something to honor him. I remembered he had a label that he had already pushed but quit because he was focusing more on music, âMr. Kata said.
He said when he informed Cal Vin’s mother of his decision to start a business for her using her son’s wares, she had no idea and asked him to speak to Cal Vin’s baby mum. , Chantel Antonio, who was aware of the project.
Mr Kata said he has since been given the green light and started promoting the brand.
âAfter she agreed to us running with the idea, we printed some t-shirts and gave it to her for sale. We also gave it to people like Takura and Mss Pryde and to models to promote the label.
In order to keep the business running smoothly, Mr Kata said he put Cal Vin’s mother in touch with people responsible for printing her merchandise.
With the gesture, Mr Kata said he hoped Cal Vin’s family members would run the fashion brand well and even set up a boutique in the future. – @mthabisi_mthire.