The Role of Native Rebels in Revitalising Soweto's Cultural Scene

By Lindelwa Masuku

A restaurant and bar located in the heart of Soweto. This establishment has become a staple for the community, offering not only delicious food and drinks but also a space for young artists, entrepreneurs, culture shapers, and creatives to come together and express themselves.

Native Rebels is located in a colourful and vibrant building, top floor, adorned with murals and graffiti that reflect the energy and creativity of Soweto. 

Upon entering, the atmosphere is lively and welcoming, with a mix of traditional and modern decor. The staff is friendly and attentive, making sure that every customer feels at home.

The menu at Native Rebels offers cuisine with modern twists. The restaurant serves dishes such as crispy beer batter fish and chips, as well as more contemporary options such as sushi and burgers. The bar offers a wide selection of local beers, wines, and spirits, as well as cocktail creations that are unique to the establishment.

But it's not just the food and drinks that make Native Rebels a staple in the community. The restaurant and bar also serve as a platform for young artists and creatives to showcase their talents. Every week, there are live performances by local musicians, comedians, poets and DJs allowing them to gain exposure and connect with audiences. The walls of the restaurant are also adorned with artworks by local artists, providing them with a space to display their creations.

The establishment also serves as a creative hub for young entrepreneurs and culture shapers.

The impact of Native Rebels on the community is undeniable. The establishment has become a gathering place for young people, providing them with a space to express themselves, connect with others, and develop their talents. 

The restaurant and bar has also helped to revitalise the cultural scene in Soweto, by providing a platform for local artists and creatives to showcase their work.

In addition to the vibrant atmosphere and delicious food and drinks, the establishment also offers a unique experience. The restaurant and bar has a rooftop terrace that provides a panoramic view of the Jabavu street-life, making it the perfect spot for a dinner or a night out with friends. The terrace also serves as a venue for special events such as live music performances and markets.

Native Rebels is not just a restaurant and bar; it's a cultural institution. The establishment has become a staple for the community, providing a space for young people to express themselves, connect with others, and develop their talents. 

The food, drinks, and atmosphere are all top-notch, but it's the impact on the community that makes this establishment truly special. Whether you're a resident or just visiting, Native Rebels is a must-visit destination in Soweto.

On March 4 and 5, they will be hosting a festival, FWYH ‘23—which promises to be a big celebration of the brand Native Rebels’ coming of age; this will be a celebration of life, food, music & culture within the black community.

They say “FWYH '23 will offer an exciting array of unique experiences and activations to entertain and enlighten attendees between music sets.

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