The Until Until Group has made a name for themselves in the Johannesburg region as being some of the best party hosts. One of the many parties in their arsenal is the Genesis All Black party, featuring guests dressed in nothing but black attire. In the context of a night setting, musical enjoyment, and overall winter fashion, the crowd is beautiful.
Sponsored by Castle Lite and Jameson, the Genesis set up saw guests descend upon Victoria Yards in Johannesburg. Admittedly, I've always wondered how Until Until goes about sourcing their venues because the scaredy-cat in me was shook by the surrounding area's rough nature. However, upon entering the safety of the venue, it was back to standard programming. In 2019, Until Until opted to take their event cashless by offering a reloadable card instead. From a practical point of view, this makes total sense, however, the R 20 activation fee on top of the R 220 ticket may have some guests in their feelings.
Victoria Yards, as mentioned above, was the venue for the evening. While the performance area of the stage was arguably "small," when coupled with the DJ booth, lighting, projector, and ramp, the stage was sizeable. It wasn't until about 9 PM that guests began to file into the venue. After some questioning of guests that had attended Genesis events in the past, the consensus was that this particular function was less attended than the years leading up to the 2019 All Black party. Some cited that the venue was larger, so it may have taken more people to fill it, however, from my questions to the crowd, the event was still well enjoyed.
The beauty of Until Until events is that they can be reunions, truly. The fan base of the group is loyal, so the chances of running into a guest that you'd met at a Sunday Roast or the Pyjama Party are high. Guests from Limpopo to Pretoria, Cape Town to Stellenbosch, and more were in attendance of the annual all-black party. In fact, during Focalistic's set, I happened to lock eyes with a few compatriots from my time as a Pretoria resident. The next performance I recall was that of J Molley. By this time, Genesis was in full swing, with the venue looking as full as it would until the end of the evening.
Standing in the back with South African streetwear's beloved, Wanda Lephoto, we took in the crowd. While I may be in my mid to early twenties, versus his mid to later twenties, we are both fairly young. However, it was clear by who was moshing in the crowd that the leader of the new wave had taken the stage. As the performances and DJ sets continued on, a few artists stood out in particular. Big Hash was one who took the stage and totally owned his set. While the crowd didn't always know the words, he had a way of getting them to feel his energy. Similarly, Boity, even with her two songs, gave a stellar performance. If you weren't already a fan of the woman asking "Bakae" after Genesis, you were moved.
In a total surprise, Riky Rick rushed the stage and immediately got to making the crowd shake. If you were so unfortunate as to have missed Cotton Fest, he gave Genesis guests but a taste of his magic. Screaming "WHICH WAY," the crowd moved from left to right and back to front. King Kotini performed hit upon hit accompanied by his musical counterparts looking like the pinnacle of North swagger and hip-hop royalty.
DJ Ph brought guests to their knees with a fire set, and from then on Genesis All Black goers enjoyed the night in musical bliss. While many had varying things to say about the turnout, one thing was certain...there was energy on that stage, and when it boils down to the music, that's all that matters.
Here are a few things people online had to say about the festivities:
The best performing artist in South Ah: Riky Rick Makhado. #GENESISALLBLACK— Ric Flair (@BlvckBoogie) April 20, 2019
Bathong all the girls here are beautiful ! #GENESISALLBLACK— Nchucheko (@Chuchi_M) April 20, 2019