Black Twitter Discovers Another Mpura’s Talent Besides Music
Black Twitter Discovers Another Mpura’s Talent Besides Music. South Africans woke on Monday to the sad news of the death of five amapiano artists who were killed in a car crash at Marikana in North West province. The car accident claimed the lives of Mpura, Killer Kau, Thando Dot, DT and Khanya Hadebe.
While many know them for their impact in the music industry, particularly the amapiano genre, Mpura whose real name is Mongezi Stuurman was also known in the fashion industry. He founded Mpura Designs, a unisex street style brand that explores fruity art. In 2018, he made his South African Fashion Week debut, showcasing his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection.
A social media user took to social media to say that he was mad at himself for not knowing another of Mpura’s talents besides music. “I’m angry because I’m discovering another creative side of Mpura that has been right under my nose, from styling models, to shooting fashion week for years to doing fashion editorials for ELLE, have long admired this photo of Sma, this was Mpura, a young maverick in SA fashion.”
It’s rare to find fashion designers that can’t dress. As a creative, he wasn’t shy to wear a skirt, regardless of the stereotype around men wearing skirts. “There is more to being classy than simply being stylish and confident. Being classy means always being kind, respectful and polite, even to those who are unkind to you,” Mpura said at the time.