IF coolness was measured in mega-fonzies, then it would be fair to say that Rylands exuded mega-mega-fonzies on Saturday afternoon.

When Traz, Supefly, Kool, Flash, Paul Ringo and Abie Willard all got together on the steps of Club Westend, the coolness literally warped space and time – and swept People’s Post into another era.

Traz – who is known by some as Adiel Simons – remembers setting minds alight with his pure house freestyling. “We used to hitchhike from Bontheuwel to get to a club in Cape Town,” laughs Traz.
The others nod in unison.

“Then we found out that DJ Superfly, the godfather of the DJs, is actually the brother of someone we know. That’s how we met. We used to turn the house upside down and inside out!”
Superfly gives his copyrighted cool look and says, “We did it all the time.”
The two regularly battled it out on the dance floor in front of hundreds of cheering onlookers.

Traz continues, “We had some hardcore battles! Superfly would enter the battle with his unique style of moonwalking. We all had different styles, but the same God-given talent. The money was good, but we did it for the love of dancing.”
The two confrontational artists would then “free the beat from the bottom of their souls” and wow the crowd with their impromptu moves. Whoever gets the loudest frenzy wins.

DJ Superfly, who was apparently the first to introduce pure house music to South Africa, states deviously, “I had a distinct advantage, because I was the DJ! If the girls liked me then it was half the battle won.”
Flash takes the conversation into another direction when he says, “Even the gangsters respected us for our talents. We were the ‘cool guys’.”

Traz agrees, but emphatically adds that they’ve always been “the disciples of peace and unity – irrespective of colour or culture”.
“Dancing is about becoming free. It brings people together. It also helps getting some out of bad cycles, such as drug addiction,” says Traz.

Superfly muses, “You can come from the darkest corner and reach the highest height.”
Tragically, however, Traz had to endure the lowest low when he was on his way to 1989 Freestyle Dance Championship at Club Fame in Elsiesrivier; a horrible car accident ended his career.
The news that Traz would be paralysed for life devastated the dance community, but the man who inspired a whole generation of dancers would not be beaten.
Nine months later, he started walking again.

“I’ve learnt to live with my physical and mental pain,” says Traz. “My family and friends motivated me and made me stronger – made me stand up!”
Saturday’s wasn’t just a standard “so what have you been getting up to” meeting; it was also a springboard to talk about a historic event on the party calendar.

It is called “The Reunion – a Tribute to the Pioneers” and is marketed as “Cape Town’s freestyle dance groups’ first ever revived 80s and 90s house reunion party”.
“This reunion has been a long time coming,” says Bradley “Kool” Birds.
Superfly exclaims, “It’s going to be explosive!”

“It will be of huge interest to any dancer, any music lover, anyone,” says Birds.
The host of legends will be partying in the VIP area, for which there are a few tickets on sale (at R100 each), while hundreds of party-goers must pay R50 to experience a “musical amalgamation of yesterday and today”.
Up-and-comers “WeDFy” will also try to show the “Old Boys” where it’s at these days.

The cool-ometer readings should shoot through the roof at exactly 20:00 at Club Westend in Rylands.

***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND PHOTO WERE PUBLISHED IN PEOPLE’S POST, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. NEITHER MAY BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – PEOPLE’S POST, MEDIA24.***

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