Chicco Twala ~ Martin De Kock
HE IS known for turning rough gems into diamonds and has proven that by producing hit songs for yesteryear musicians. Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala made a mark in Mzansi as a musician and producer for the likes of musicians Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the late Brenda Fassie and Senyaka Kekana. He also uncovered the talent of Oscar Mgudlwa, who became known as Madluphuthu, who released a series of comedy movies.
Chicco recently opened up a unique trendy restaurant in Diepkloof Zone 5, Soweto. His eatery is called Lapeng, and it is situated right in the heart of his neighbourhood. Speaking to Move!, Chicco says that he is grateful that he managed to establish a restaurant in his neighbourhood so that people can come and enjoy western and African cuisine at their doorstep instead of going to the suburbs. “We are a very unique eatery aiming at giving our guests great food and entertainment. When we started conceptualising the idea of having a restaurant ekasi, we had to think of our customers first and how we could give them something to be proud of,” he says.
Chicco says that he decided to change gears to focus on hospitality due to his love for cooking. Last week before he could sit down with Move! for an interview, Chicco was hard at work in the kitchen preparing food for his customers who ranged from politicians, musicians and business people. He says that he is grateful for the support he is getting from the people of Soweto. “Our aim with this restaurant is to give our clients food that they love and also to give them a variety of entertainment. I am also passionate about cooking and most people didn’t know that this is one of my many talents,” says the businessman. Lapeng offers African cuisine such as mogodu, trotters and chisa nyama, as well as western dishes. Chicco is equally proud to have been able to create employment for the local people.
Chicco also gives his patrons an opportunity to showcase their talent, where his clients can get onto the stage for karaoke as well as comedy. He also hosts top DJs from Kaya FM and Jozi FM, who play old school music. “We are passionate about art and music, that’s why we are not only serving food, but also giving our clients a chance to showcase their talent,” he says proudly.