Street Art

Just like our PERi-PERi, all the art in our restaurants comes straight from Southern Africa. So we went out to Johannesburg, South Africa with sub-culture writer and filmmaker King ADZ to discover more about the city’s street art: its origins, its influences and its bright future!

Introduced below in King ADZ’s own words, watch the film and discover the story behind the city’s inspiring street art scene… 

"Somewhere in the early noughties I found myself accidentally implanted in the street art community. I made a documentary about a French bloke called Blek le Rat, who turned out to be the Godfather of today’s street art scene, and the artist who inspired Banksy to create his own full-length stencils.

'Every time I paint something I think is vaguely original I find out Blek le Rat has done something similar. Only twenty years earlier.' Banksy quote from my Blek documentary

What I liked about street art as a kid, was that it operated completely outside of the established (and, well, crusty) art world. It was an authentic community nurtured by artists and fans — people of all ages who loved street art  — and, more importantly, everyone who was into it was involved in not only the creation but also the curation of the scene itself. 

 

Maybe I’m biased, but street art is the most exciting mutation of art. It’s made art fun, accessible and relevant. It’s also, however, given a worldwide voice to those previously silenced by the social and economic divides of the city. It’s got protest ingrained in its DNA: the very first artist to use the street as a canvas and the spray can as brush was Gerard Zlotykamien, a Polish holocaust survivor who escaped to Paris during the Second World War. He started painting in the streets in 1963, paving the way for the rest of the world to catch up some decades later, including the South African scene I went out to explore for this film. 
 
The first commercial job I had as a filmmaker took me deep into a township in Cape Town —  and twenty years later I find myself stood in a township in South Africa to shooting a documentary about street art for Nando’s. It’s funny how things work out. 

 

Going back in time to the mid-eighties in South Africa, when Blek le Rat was busy stencilling his life-sized figures around Europe, the anti-apartheid movement began to gather momentum, through use of street art techniques: street-art paste-up posters, stencils, and your regular spray-can slogans. Inspired by socialist sloganeering from Russia, white South African university students started to use the resources of the universities across the country to help with the struggle. They would get slogans and ideas from the activists in the townships and they would make stencils of revolutionary slogans and then spray them up all over the white areas. “It was almost an art movement into itself,” Roger Young, South African writer and filmmaker told me. “It found its way into gallery art and into international magazines, but, by the mid-eighties had found its way back into the townships where township artists had started to use stenciling a lot.”
 
From its revolutionary beginnings to being a valid part of the global movement currently, today’s street art community in South Africa is represented by artists such as Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Jack Fox, and Nardstar. They carry the torch for their forefathers and mothers, never forgetting the struggles they had to endure…"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Sauces of Inspiration

PERi-PERi addicts, we’re talking to you. You’ve had the restaurant experience, now get those taste buds fired up at home too. Grab a bottle of our PERi-PERi sauce and get started with these 3 recipes… 

PERi-PERi Bunny Chow
PERi-PERi Bunny Chow
PERi-PERi Nachos
PERi-PERi Nachos
Crispy PERi-Parma Chicken
Crispy PERi-Parma Chicken

PERi-PERi BUNNY CHOW

Bunny Chow. It might sound a bit crazy, but trust us, you’re going to love it! It’s the national dish of South Africa, and it’s actually very similar to a classic British curry… But wait for it, it’s served in a bread roll! This is Seapa’s very own recipe that he created on his PERi-PERi adventure through Southern Africa. He didn’t call it ‘Banging’ for nothing! 

PERi-PERi NACHOS

Step aside pulled pork, it’s pulled chicken’s time to shine! Add some PERi-PERi and some nachos and you’re on to a winner. Don’t believe us? You will when you’ve made these PERi-PERi Nacho’s.

CRISPY PERi-PARMA CHICKEN

Chicken, meet PERi-PERi sauce and crushed crisps. Need we say more…

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Tasting Notes

Take a look at the inspiration behind ‘Zenzile’, the track created by Southern African producer Muzi and remixed by the UK’s Hannah Wants for our This is PERi-PERi film.

UK DJ, producer and radio presenter Danny Howard travelled to London to meet up with Muzi and discuss the story behind the track, as well as what it’s like handing the reigns over to a producer from a completely different genre, let alone a different continent. Muzi takes Danny to the Roundhouse, Camden, where we first met the rising South African producer back in 2015 as part of Nando's Music Exchange programme.

 

Hailing from a South African township near Empangeni in KwaZulu Natal, Muzi’s sound combines Johannesburg-originating kwaito with universal electronic rhythms. He finds inspiration in anything from the traditional Zulu ceremonies he attended as a child, to the underground electronic music scene he was privy to whilst recently living in Berlin. Muzi’s sound is always diverse, and he’s recently caught the attention of electronic powerhouses such as Rinse FM, The Prodigy and Diplo because of it.

Brummie-born Hannah, who’s playing at festivals like Hideout and South West Four this summer, is no stranger to mixing it up when it comes to music. Like Muzi, her sound sits at a genre-bending crossroads. Known as ‘bass-house’, it’s a mixture of garage, dubstep, and house, or, as Danny puts it, “house but with a bit of attitude”.

"house but with a bit of attitude." Danny Howard

Walking around London the pair swap stories about their local music scenes and chat about the importance of good venues to today’s dance music culture.

Check out the video above, and get your fix of the exclusive Zenzile track here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The People Behind the PERi-PERi

Growing together: The story of the PERi-Farms

Under the hot sun, in the rich, fertile soils of Africa, a wonderful story has been unfolding since 2012.

It’s one where Nando’s and farmers are growing for good. It all started when we decided that rather than outsource the supply of our chillies, we would get in touch with small-scale farmers in Southern Africa to grow them for us. We’re no farming experts, so regional Farming Organisations run the project on our behalf; teaching, empowering and giving farmers access to finance, materials and seedlings as they go along. We meanwhile guarantee that we’ll buy the farmers’ crops at a fair price (that’s determined before the growing season even starts).

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our partners and 1,400 farmers, this initiative is growing from strength to strength and every Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce, basting or marinade contains chillies that come from the PERi-Farms in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. It’s something we’re proud of. What warms our hearts even more is the difference this has made to people’s lives. Having a stable income has given PERi-farmers and their families greater access to education, healthcare, water, energy and housing. So the next time you taste our PERi-PERi, taste real happiness. Because that’s exactly what it has helped create.

Nando’s and farmers growing for good!

 
 
 
 
 

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Meet the Cast

We street-cast the characters for our latest film from the city of Maputo, Mozambique. All creatives with a story to tell, we caught up with them during filming to delve a little deeper… 

MEET DJ GRACE: QUEEN OF THE DECKS

We met up with the talented DJ Grace, the rave-ready record-spinner from our latest film, to talk Mozambican nightlife and how surprised people still are to see a female behind the decks.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Like most DJ’s, Grace started out playing records in her bedroom in Maputo. It wasn’t easy, she says, but she’s been hitting the decks around town (and beyond) ever since. “I play in various venues in Maputo, and all around Mozambique at the moment. The music scene is always changing and growing out here. I’ve also played in Johannesburg, South Africa, The atmosphere down there is really cool.”

But what does she think of the scene overseas? “Nina Kraviz…. I like the style of the music that she plays. She’s really cool. I have a big respect for female DJ’s, because it’s such a novelty to be a female DJ in Mozambique, which is such a shame. Making it in this profession requires a lot of strength, determination and hard work.”

And what about the scene in Mozambique? “At the moment Reggaeton, Dancehall, and Afro-House are all big crowd-pleasers. They all have a beat you can really dance to, and that’s much more important to audiences here then it maybe is in other countries. People just love coming together and letting loose a little bit, the scene here isn’t so stuffy or all about how you look. It’s how much fun you have on the dancefloor that counts.”

 

MEET JOHNNY: OUR MYSTERY MURAL-MAKER

PERi-PERi red wasn’t the only colour we painted the town of Maputo on our recent trip to Mozambique….

We asked young talent Johnny, an artist who likes to keep his profile hidden from the camera, to help us create a lasting piece of art with the people of Maputo for our film.

Johnny moved to the town of Inhambane, Mozambique in 2011 after being approached by a friend who wanted to set up an arts charity in Mozambique. “We held workshops with local children discussing various issues that affect them. After chatting we’d paint a mural together inspired by the content of the workshops.”

Sounds similar to his work for us in Maputo, where he invited everyone in the local community to take part. Locals were invited to draw or write on Johnny’s initial sketches, stating the things they most loved about Maputo. “It was therapeutic in a similar way to my previous work, bringing the local community together through art.” 

The mural was named ‘My City’, and the end result was a compelling one for sure. “It’s a relatively big part of the film, and I hope it stood out to everyone who watched it!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MEET LAURO: STYLE EXTRAORDINAIRE

Fashion designer, creative director, photographer and stylist…

Meet Lauro, a cast member from our latest film, who runs his own clothing brand: ‘Trill Moz’.

“’Trill’ is from the North American slang meaning original. And ‘Moz’ is shorthand for Mozambique. The idea being that we’re creating a harmony between the two cultures, but also to show an original and unique side to Mozambican fashion. Trill Moz’s ethos is about diversity.”

“When I was 13 there was a small movement in Maputo, a dance movement called jerk. It was from there that I started to be interested in fashion, and started to create my own style. I used fashion to express myself. Jerk was all about having fun, letting go a little bit, experimenting but also being collaborative. I guess that was when ‘Trill Moz’ really started.”

And who are Lauro’s favourite African designers he thinks you should check out? 

“Shaazia Adam from Maputo is a really interesting designer. Nkosi Wear also have a really contemporary but still traditional style, they’re cool. Loza Maleombho as well! She’s definitely worth checking out.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

MEET YARA: OUR DOUBLE-ACT DANCER! 

Being a young adult isn’t easy. Exams, Saturday jobs, which uni (if any) to go to. You’re tired, stressed, and the weekend just isn’t long enough.  Let’s be honest there’s a lot on your plate. So imagine how impressed we were when we found out that Yara, the ballerina in our latest PERi-PERi film, also moonlights as a medical student…

Hailing from Maputo, Mozambique, she says “it’s difficult balancing the two, but it’s important to me and my family that I do well at University so that I can look after myself when I’m older.”

So how exactly does she do it? “I make sure to give myself the time to do the things I really love, like dancing and seeing my friends, and that makes it easier to do my studies!” 

It’s also important to stay positive, she says. “Everyone has their moments. But if I had to tell others one thing I’ve learnt, I would say have big dreams, work hard, and believe in yourself. You might not achieve everything you wanted, but at least you’ll be some of the way there!”

 

LOOKING GOOD: ON-SET HAIR AND BEAUTY

Here’s a run-down of the hair and beauty looks from our film, all designed by our Mozambican hairdresser Tema.

 

Heads up, the edgy buzz cut is pretty big at the moment, and all about female empowerment!

 

Our girl Dope St. Jude went in on the nail art for filming. Did we hear you say, nailed it?

 

That moment when your lips, nails and car all match….

 

Sass and cornrows, check and check. Our model killing it on set.

 

These lilac beaded braids are brilliant for shorter hair. Your next festival look, maybe?

 

Wallflowers need not apply. Criss-cross cornrows and twists, a look for those wanting to make a statement.

 

One of the feature hairstyles of our film. These intricate cornrows take time, effort, and a general ability to slay.

 
 

 

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Creating Her Own Legacy: Meet Dope Saint Jude

Meet Dope Saint Jude, the ridiculously cool, motorbike-wielding superstar of our new film.

She’s a style-icon, musician, but most importantly a family-first girl at heart. You might recognize her from her outspoken, hip-hop tracks that have been circulating the net lately, yep, we were in awe too. Or her tongue-in-cheek music videos that have had the whole of South Africa talking.

Hailing from the flats of Cape Town, she travelled with us to Maputo, Mozambique to host our glorious fiesta celebrating the spirit of our unique PERi-PERi chillies.
 
We caught up with her on set to discuss everything from making it in the music biz, to her childhood dream of riding a motorbike.

"It’s time for them to take on the lead role and be powerful" Dope

Being cool isn’t top of her to-do list, Dope has bigger plans… to inspire a generation of confident women. “It’s time for them to take on the lead role and be powerful,” she says. Too true, Dope!

On whether she sees herself as a role model or not (she has after all lectured at a number of universities in South Africa on the social effects of hip-hop), she says: “What’s really important for me is to create a legacy… I’m actually studying right now, and using my music money to fund my studies.” Well, a South African music idol and a student?
 
But who are Dope’s role models, considering that she’s becoming a bit of a role model herself? “I mean I always think about my grandmother and my mother, they both passed away and they both struggled in their lives, but they had this ‘keep going’ spirit that I always come back to when I’m looking for inspiration. I just think about the women that came before me, and it inspires me like crazy.” Even in the face of such loss, it’s admirable to find out where the high-energy star gets her endless positivity.
 
She’s a true original as well, with a fiery spirit, and, she lets us know, just like us, she always makes sure she does everything with authenticity. “I couldn’t imagine being inauthentic.” She believes “success” will always come naturally “if you’re sincere in what you’re doing.” A girl after our own heart…

 
 
 
 

And what exactly does being sincere in her work mean to her?
 
“I think making music with pure intent, making music for the sake of making it, because you enjoy it, because you want it to move people… because you want to be moved.”
 
Dope’s music is also purposefully intersectional. “I make different kinds of music but mostly I focus on hip-hop, or intersections of hip-hop.” Dope states, “but I listen to lots of different kinds. Right now I’m listening to a Brazilian rapper named Karol Konka. People in the UK should definitely check her out.”
                                                                                                                    
And how did she take the South African music scene by storm so suddenly?

 

Well, she never, ever gave up. “For me, it was just really being persistent. I’m not a trained musician, and I didn’t have any connections. It was just about not giving up until I eventually made a breakthrough.”
 
She’s much more carefree with her style though. “I just wear what I like,” she says. “I know it isn’t overly feminine. I know that it isn’t overly masculine… I feel like it’s a mixture of a lot of different things.” Her dress sense is open and fun, not to mention the funky nail-art she dons in our latest film: “Sometimes my style can be glamorous, too. Like today, oh my god, I love the jewellery! It makes me feel like a bit of a queen… a gangsta queen!”

 

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Sun, Soil & Spirit

This is PERi-PERi! Dried under the blistering Southern African sun, and grown in its rich earthy soil, our PERi-PERi chillies pack a whole heap of Southern African spirit. What does that mean? You’re about to find out…

 
 
 
 
 
 

Can’t get enough of the track?

Inspired by our homeland of Southern Africa and brought to you right here in the UK, 'Muzi - Zenzile (Hannah Wants Remix)' is now available to stream.

Creating Her Own Legacy

Meet Dope Saint Jude

Meet the cast

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Drone Harvest

So, turns out, there are some things robots can’t do. Like preparing our famous PERi-PERi!  

 

To test this theory we had our appropriately named Drone Guy invent three makeshift machines to try out at one of the farms where we source our famous little chillies.

First up, The Harvester Drone. Ever wondered why our PERi-PERi chillies are picked by hand? Well, turns out nothing makes the cut quite like a human when picking chillies… literally.

Then there’s The Drying Drone. After harvesting, our PERi-PERi chillies are placed on drying racks for a week laying out in the African sunshine before being turned into PERi-PERi. So we had this flame-throwing force-of-nature see if it could dry them better.

Finally… The Inspection Drone. What does that do? Well the only way to tell if a PERi-PERi is ripe is when it’s red, and machines can’t tell what colour a chilli is…. Or can they?

N.b. Do not try this at home.

 
 
 
 

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