Meet Don Dada, Kabelo and the rest of the Material Crew


They call it a celebration of culture and style. Now you’ll get to know the people behind the emerging trend of Izikhothane.

You might have seen videos of brightly dressed men popping expensive bottles of champagne in fast cars and burning cash … literally. These are Izikhothane, a growing culture that’s about all things expensive — from the food they eat to the clothes on their backs. Modesty, and moderation, are not in their vocabulary and vanity is the order of the day for the Material Crew.

Get to know the Material Crew

1. Led by Don Dada (real name Tshepo Pitso), the Material Crew are a “sub-group” of the Izikhothane “clan”. Don Dada rose to fame after winning the Mzansi Magic competition show, #UltimateHouseParty! last year. But for him, being a s’khothane is about more than just expensive brands and gold teeth (which he has a mouth full of). His vision for the Material Crew is to show young kids in the township that they too can have the finer things in life.

2. As Don Dada’s younger brother, Kabelo “Material” Pitso was bound to follow in his big brother’s footsteps and is now an influencer who promotes the Izikhothane movement on social media.

3. Another member of the crew is Vandal, a former drug addict with a cautionary tale to tell his followers about the hold that drugs can have on your life. The material crew also dabbles in music and dance, so Vandal’s job is to recruit “influencer-material” folks to feature in their music videos.

4. Then there is Killa Kau who made his name through the Gqom hit-song “Tholukuthi hey”. He was only a matriculant when the song hit the number three spot in the music charts, and he describes himself as “confident and bold”.

Other colourful characters of the crew include Chiz Kalakala (real name Cybert Makola) and Lingas (real name Thabani Masilela).

The Material Crew has even travelled overseas to promote their culture, and because people want to know more about them, they’ve found a way to make money out of that demand. They charge for appearances at events because, well, the material culture is their bread and butter – or rather, their champagne and caviar.

Watch Material Culture on Saturdays on Mzansi Wethu (163) at 19:30
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