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John Kani & Athandwa Kani on the premiere of Black Panther dressed by MaXhosa by Laduma (Xhosa culture inspired designs)
Actors John Kani (L) and Atandwa Kani wore MaXhosa by Laduma shawls to the world premiere of 'Black Panther'. Image: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Xhosa culture shines on Black Panther movie premiere

Social media has been on cloud nine following the much-anticipated premiere of Hollywood’s 2018 Marvel superhero film “Black Panther” in late January 2018. 

John Kani & Athandwa Kani on the premiere of Black Panther dressed by MaXhosa by Laduma (Xhosa culture inspired designs)
at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Actors John Kani (L) and Atandwa Kani wore MaXhosa by Laduma shawls to the world premiere of ‘Black Panther’.
Image: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

On the red carpet, there was a fusion and variations of ‘African royalty’ themed regalia. The popular father-and-son duo, the legendary John Kani and Atandwa Kani represented South Africa well with their MaXhosa by Laduma shawls. 

“Dressing the Kanis for the premiere was a great honour,” commented the designer Laduma Ngxokolo, whose contemporary knitwear designs inspired by traditional Xhosa beadwork, have become globally iconic. 

“I know the family from Port Elizabeth – I’m also from P.E. – and they have been some of my biggest supporters so far. And John Kani is very proud of his Xhosa heritage, from the language to the food.”

As for the general aesthetic on the red carpet, Ngxokolo, for one, approves: “The way the cast members dressed represented what the movie is about very well – that African, Utopian feel.”

So, if you belong to the legions of would-be fans who are planning to dress up for the movie’s release here, he recommends “dress for a fresh Renaissance of Africa. And that look doesn’t have to reflect one single culture – it can be a mix of different African cultures and influences.”

The Black Panther superhero movie sets the scene for the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War”, is far more than just a superhero movie. In an exclusive media screening on Tuesday in Sandton, HuffPost got to witness the movie prior to its February 16 release.

Black Panther” is explosive, adrenaline-pumping and majestic!

Director Ryan Coogler, lead Chadwick Boseman and the rest of the team managed to get one of the most crazily hyped films of the decade to live up to expectations – thanks to a thought-provoking screenplay and constant flashes of satirical humour.

Wakanda is in the fictional Marvel cinematic universe, but its aesthetic appeal and majesty will make you wish it was real. It was first introduced in the post-credits of “Captain America: Civil War“, but “Black Panther” delivers Wakanda in all its glory – the futuristic utopian home of the Wakandans is a spectacular visual treat.

Sources:

www.timeslive.co.za

www.huffingtonpost.co.za

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