Godfather of the DJs
Friday 11th November, Cape Flats, Cape Town
We pulled up outside a rather shady looking apartment block with the sun beating down hard right on top of us and an enormous animal lurking by the entrance. A gang of dudes were smoking something and hanging around a battered old car. They suddenly seemed very interested in our arrival.
As Supefly approached us, the first thing I noticed was his eyes: deep, knowledgeable and calm. He invited us into his home and we stepped timidly past the fucking massive dog, desperate to hide our fear. We were introduced to Supefly's father, who was suffering from osteoporosis and had been bed-ridden for the past 2 months. Supefly took some time to turn his father round into a less painful position.
Supefly sat on the floor of his apartment and told us all about his love for music and DJing. Although now in his 50's, he has a real passion for house music and he gave me a couple of his own compilation CDs. He had a weekly gig, but couldn't take on more work because was committed to caring for his father. Supefly's daughter also shared the apartment. He showed me a recent newspaper article on a benefit gig that he had organised for the victim of a terrible car accident. He was proud of the large photo and the caption, 'Godfather of the DJs'.
When I asked Supefly to take part in WAL he seemed a little cautious, but I think he's just naturally very calm. I took a lot of photos and I love the ones with his father's double bass in the background. He was used to having his photo taken and was very cool in front of the camera. As we left I nearly tripped over Megadog and it raised it's head, snarling menacingly. Supefly just made a strange calming sound and the fucking massive dog sat back down.
Questions & Answers
1. What have you decided to do with the money?
Buy my dad a new bed and put the money towards medical expenses. I want to make his last days as comfortable as possible.
2. How did the people close to you react when you told them about taking part in Wearelucky?
My dad thought I was joking until I showed him the money. Then he started to cry.
3. What, if anything, have you learned from this experience and has it changed how you feel about giving?
I have heard stories about people being given money, but to actually experience it is very emotional. I would love everyone to share that experience, no matter how small the amount. I like the idea of becoming an ambassador for Wearelucky and giving to others.