South African bling and American stardust
Pascale Harter presents personal impressions, experiences and reflections from journalists and writers around the world. In this edition, HAMILTON WENDE tags along with a tipsy, noisy (but exceptionally well-dressed) group of South African teenagers who're scandalising their elders. Like so many youth subcultures, the "izikhotane" or "boasters" have their own bizarre rites, rules and aspirations - but are their consumerist antics a provocation to the generations who fought and survived aparthed? REGGIE NADELSON also taps into the power of teen mania, visiting a stage which launched a thousand showbiz careers at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC.