It is a widely held belief that the World Peace Party
was the first warehouse Rave
in Africa. The date was Friday, 13th of September, 1990.
The event was produced in South Africa, by Cape Town
based UFO productions. Founders Carl Mason and Jesse Stagg
teamed up to start UFO (alleged to stand for alternately: Unlimted Freak Out or Unity of People, Freedom of Expression, Original Ideas). The event featured live musical acts in the form of proto punk-rappers the MC's from UNCLE, other local Rap and early House acts, and headlined by DJ Giorgio (?). The event ran for about twenty hours and was attended by approximately 3,500 people.
The venue was the Nautilus soundstage in the Paarden Eiland industrial zone, an area on the edge of Cape Town, reclaimed from the ocean. The location came with a 40 foot by 10 foot Infinity Curve, which was incorporated as an elaborate fluorescent mural that depicted the "journey of the beat" from Africa through Europe and the West and back to Africa in the form of a UFO. The mural was painted in a Hip Hop
style and incorporated at that time state-of-the-art Commodore Amiga
custom computer animations promoting positive affirmations and distinctive UFO branding. This level of artistic sophistication was revolutionary in the early years of the international Rave
The World Peace Party featured an inside and outside area complete with the soon to be ubiquitous fun park of: inflatable castles, human gyroscopes
and vendors serving fast foods... Read More