Watch Mr Allofit and Caddy launch single, “Wassup” at Cantare

The original title of this piece was going to be ‘The unacceptability of masculine spaces and why we must reject them immediately’ but it’s important that I plug Mr Allofit and Caddy — which is part of the problem. Can you tell I’m upset? 

I’m upset.

On Thursday 12 July — which quickly became Friday, 13 July — I arrive much earlier than I should at Montecasino. Mr Allofit had let me know two days before that he and Caddy would be launching their brand new single, for the very first time at the nightclub, Cantare. Allofit and Caddy themselves arrive earlier than was necessary; at around 1am in fact even though their set is scheduled for 2:15am to 2:30am. Nevertheless, they  occupy their booth directly in front of Cantare’s stage.

Just before 2am, Mr Allofit prompts me to follow him to the bathroom to catch him changing for the night’s performance. Come 2:10am, the DJ has already announced Caddy and Allofit’s set. Five minutes earlier than scheduled? Not a problem, just give us our agreed upon 15 minutes of fame.

Caddy jumps onto the stage to perform his brand new, soon-to-be-released single, “Whylin.” His song gets cut abruptly. He takes it like a champ and makes light of it for the sake of peace. Mr Allofit then takes to the stage next to perform early single, “Coffee Shop.” By the end of the performance, he invites Caddy back on stage to join him for the launch of their single.

Watch Caddy perform “Whylin” for the very first time at Boys Are Delicious

“Ayo, what’s up, Cantare? What the fuck is up!” Mr Allofit demands. “We got our new single dropping next week, it’s called “Wassup.” Mr Allofit and Fresh by Caddy. Y’all ready? DJ, please play it for us.” It wasn’t to be.

“Slim, is there a problem?” DJ Slim is the resident DJ at Cantare on the night. “Slim, is there a–” Moonchild Sanelly’s “Makhe” begins blaring abruptly from the speakers. “What’s the purpose of a launch?” Mr Allofit asks as he and Caddy are plunged into darkness. When the lights come back on again, Moonchild and her dancers sheepishly takeover of the stage in a situation that is obviously tense for everyone. A fool can see what’s going on here.

So the story goes, Mr Allofit takes the club management to task on this plainly disrespectful move and eventually gets to launch “Wassup” with Caddy at 3:03am. Here’s why this entire scenario is problematic and calls for a rejection of masculine spaces.

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Moonchild was scheduled to be on from 00:45am to 1am. I wrote a glowing adoration for her on this here website back in February to celebrate her resilience over what has been long road to breakthrough. I helped bring awareness to her call to fund her European tour for MTV Base. Hell, I even rooted for her when my friend, Nakhane rightly noted that her debut album, Rabulapha! has been slept on by South Africa.

So, I’ll address you directly, Moonchild Sanelly. You were late. And that’s unacceptable but we can work something out for you. What is at its least unacceptable and at most the height of disrespect, is stealing stage time from new artists when no one in the industry knows how difficult the grind is more than you do. It’s especially worse because you did this to queer artists. I wanted to personally tweet you on that night with a Tyra Banks meme but I didn’t want to be messy. I wanted to do this properly, so let me say it now: I was rooting for you! We were all rooting for you! How dare you! Learn something from this.

To DJ Slim, I never knew of you before Cantare last week so I can’t say much other than the following: you enabled this. You knew Moonchild was late but you cut Caddy’s song and cut the “Wassup” performance altogether. I was at Cantare from midnight and you know as well as I do that Mr Allofit and Caddy gave the best performances of that night by a factor ten. The best. Period. What was your motivation for cutting them then? It’s unbecoming and disrespectful and you need to understand that you can never do that again.

This is easily the most personal piece I’ve ever written for FDBQ or any publication for that matter. Don’t get it twisted — I’m very relaxed on my couch right now up against my heater with my coffee table candles lit as I write this. What I’m refusing to tolerate is the blatant erasure of queer artists. Why accept queer set if only to cut it?

Watch Mr Allofit take on the Boys Are Delicious stage

I started FDBQ as platform to have a dialogue about music (hence the name). As I grew as a music writer it became clear to me that my duty was putting queer artists on. If it takes holding established industry names like Moonchild Sanelly and DJ Slim accountable, that is precisely what I’ll do.

If you’ve made it this far into this op-ed, watch everything that went down that night at Cantare below.

Well, what do you think?