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The floor itself, like much of the building, is home to a central space surrounded by rooms; this proved to be an incredible canvas for Lebo and Fede to design and curate an evening steeped in intimacy and connection. With four musical acts - itself a varying display of jazz as a musical style - the evening saw Keith Virgo temper the energy of the event with his jazz-DJ sets. Kujenga, a multi-instrumental jazz band, were the ‘house-band’ of the evening; with Kozo Zwane opening the live-performance aspect of the evening, and the iconic Nonku Phiri joining too, adding a multi-layered and complex experience for the audience. Having our spaces lit up by the talent and expression of varying collaborators illustrated to us the incredible possibility ahead, as we continue to focus on community and creativity as the nexus of Lemkus’ vision.
For the evening, the energy of the fourth floor was transformed into an actual lounge; with multiple seating pockets of mid-century furniture, floor-cushions, and artworks from Fede collaborators. Lebo comments on how the space was designed, “the fourth floor and the Exchange Building in general already exists as a multi-functional space, and we had to figure out how we could fit into it. We really had to make sure it feels like Fede, and it's such a beautiful space. The multiple rooms of the fourth floor allowed us to design different enclaves that could have different feelings, rather than have a vast space. The main space was the performance space, where the audience gathered, but we were able to deepen the experience by having the additional rooms, which we curated as ‘listening rooms’ and each had their own feel, and that was really interesting, but all held by the centre evoked by the performance space.”
Holding them together was Keith Virgo with his jazz DJ sets at the beginning and at the end. Kujenga acted as the house band, performing intitally with Kozo Zwane and then Nonku Phiri.” With the idea that this could be a recurring series, we were incredibly grateful to have Fede lead us to find new ways of enlivening the Exchange Building, and the synergy between our brand and the artistic community of community,
but the two of us coming together with a music offering, which is testament to different ideas and concepts that are taking place centred around creativity. This is a really exciting time for collaboration.”