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Meet Karabo Poppy

First, she illustrated the Soweto Towers, then she upped the ante by illustrating KFC’s new ‘Made for Sharing’ Buckets this Easter and now she’s coming for your family! We are sharing her iconic design style and bringing it to life in all your favourite family feast moments with our Homeware kit items and with a limited-edition streetwear drop.

The world-renounced illustrator shares her talent selflessly. Her personality is as vibrant as her art that celebrates and brings to life the diverse depictions of African art is a modern, youthful, relevant way.

Her thoughts on the KFC Easter ‘Made for Sharing” collaboration:
“The bucket designs is personal project for me as it speaks directly to the love of families, storytelling and coming together to enjoy a delicious meal. I’m honoured to get to capture this in my KFC x Karabo Poppy product collaboration. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to illustrate and highlight the diversity of SA families, both the families people are born into as well as the ones they have chosen.”

Russell Abrahams AKA Yay Abe is a Cape Town based illustrator that KFC collaborated with in December 2020 to design a unique collection of limited-edition Birthday Buckets. Inspired by KFC’s heritage and the culture of Mzansi, Yay Abe added his bold, bright and playful illustration style to our iconic KFC buckets, using his signature, vibrant design style. Now, we have taken the design onto a multi-use buff to bring a little more colour to your wardrobe and a lot more flare.

Wandile Zondo and Galebowe Mahlatsi from Thesis Lifestyle, the founders of the Soweto-based brand, return to collaborate with KFC once more. A brand with their finger on the pulse of the street culture and style create streetwear that they hope will inspire the next generation to ‘define themselves’. Having created a range with KFC in December 2020, they are back to reignite the Original Recipe with their limited-edition jacket:  “This brings together the original style of streetwear in Soweto, with the original flavour and flare of KFC. Thesis is more than just a brand, it’s a Lifestyle, and the same is true about KFC, it is a part of our culture.” – Wandile Zondo.


David Tshabalala AKA Slaying Goliath joined forces with KFC earlier this year to design their limited-edition packaging for the KFC Streetwise Bucket for 1 Trio meals. To bring his vision of street culture to life, Tshabalala added illustrations to each bucket in his iconic style, each representing an iconic city in SA and its unique street culture – from the streets of Jozi to Durban and the Mother City. He also judged our Streetwise Culture Crew design challenge and

Mzwanele Fani (@mwanelefani) is a graphic designer and visual artist from Gugulethu in Cape Town. His passion was born from being a part of a creative family that planted the seed for his love for the arts. “I’m super excited about winning, this is a start to a great future for my career. Thank you so much KFC.” – Mzwanele Fani

Karabo Phakathi, a young creative with a hunger for conceptual streetwear, and Senzo Nkabinde, an entrepreneur and streetwear designer are the founders of CancelWear (@cancelwear). This Jozi based creative duo are passionate about providing affordable quality streetwear that showcases their unique creativity. “The Streetwise Culture Crew challenge is a life changing deal for us and for our brand. We’re more excited about the change KFC is actioning and what it will mean for our careers. It is great to be rewarded for hard work and consistency.” – CancelWear

Morena Moletsane (@kingmole_) is a digital designer and animator from Johannesburg currently working in the financial sector. By night, he is an artist and illustrator, creating designs that express South African stories and people. “KFC is a brand that resonates with my childhood. I saw the competition as an opportunity to share African stories and ideas through fashion apparel that relates to and would reach a wide South African audience.” – Morena Molestsane