Is pantsula culture all about rocking All Stars and okapi's?

While many know pantsula as a type of dance, it remains a deeply entrenched sub-culture across South Africa's townships.

Often misunderstood to be groups of gansters masquerading as members of dance groups, avid followers of the culture focus on style and language emphatically.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to pantsula dancer, Sicelo Xaba, and art historian, Daniela Goeller, in exploring the vibrant history of South African youth culture.

Listen to the conversation below:

All of the 80's dance clothing was inspired by prison clothing of that time - the brown shirts and brown pants.

Sicelo Xaba, pantsula dancer

Somebody coined it as the dance of thugs. It's obviously part of the story of pantsula but what's important to see is the historical context of that time.

Daniela Goeller, art historian
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