Taking it to the streets

Celebrity braais

Liezel and the world's smallest DJ

It made for an entertaining contrast: Liezel van der Westhuizen, a towering figure even without eight inch heels, alongside Socrates Georgiades, or DJ Sox, as dancefloors across Ibiza, Greece, Los Angeles and greater Camps Bay know him. Sox is four foot three in his platform Havaianas, and usually has a crate under his turntables to stand on when he mixes; for now, the most important thing to know about Sox is that he’s Greek. Which means he loves his lamb…
…and which made him a very happy man as Jan Braai put not one, but two lambs on the spit for a street braai with the team at 2Oceansvibe Radio, the digital station that’s made a considerable impact on the radio world since Seth Rotherham and Richard Hardiman dreamed it up over many beers at Caprice a couple of years ago.

The man, the legend, Jan Braai.

The 2Oceansvibe HQ in Green Point made for an ideal location for the street braai, something we’re hoping to see plenty of on National Braai Day this year: communities getting together in the streets of their towns and villages, suburbs and complexes, and celebrating en masse around a fire. If this particular braai is anything to go by, it’s a concept that works splendidly: during the afternoon and evening, football fans headed to the Ajax-Chiefs game, local traffic cops, shop owners from the area and local businesspeople all dropped in for what was a masterfully done pair of lambs.

Liezel explaining that her weekly meal is usually a braai

And there were celebrities aplenty as well: from the aforementioned Liezel and her fellow ex-Idols host Colin Moss, to local comedian Paul Snodgrass and celebrated beer entrepeneur Martin Tucker. Throw in a small army of media in support of National Braai Day, and the energy and enthusiasm of Rotherham’s 2Oceansvibe team, and the street braai was a raging success; now for thousands more of the same across South Africa come September 24.