For the fourth consecutive year, Vimal Rawjee of Insane Sound and Lighting was appointed to supply the full technical for the Miss Soweto beauty pageant hosted at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, Johannesburg. The hybrid‐event, accommodating one hundred guests and recorded for television, gave Vimal the opportunity to ‘share the love’ and hire extra hands ‐ you couldn’t have found a happier crew working on a production ‐ while incorporating his 12 brand new Robe Lighting ESPRITE™ Profile LED fixtures with control on a grandMA2 and content running off a Green Hippo Karst media server.
Having not worked on a large‐scale production since the Covid‐19 pandemic, the experience was a mixed bag of adrenalin and nostalgia. “The nerves,” says Vimal Rawjee, owner of Insane. “I was scared but excited, it has been a while! But I have a good team of guys who always step up and make my craziness happen as best we can, and this really was a milestone for us.” Vimal also assisted with the artistic direction. The equipment used on the Miss Soweto event over the past four years has grown from two 6000 lumen projectors to now include over 200 LED panels. “While we are the main technical supplier, we sub hire from Bass Mechanics and ShowQuip, which is my way of spreading the love, and we are also responsible for the set design, content and the running of the show,” he adds. Lighting equipment included 12 Robe ESPRITE LEDs, 8 Robe LEDBeam150 Beams and 4 MAC Quantum Wash fixtures while 212 LED screen panels were used for a striking backdrop, lighting control via a grandMA2 and content running off a Green Hippo Karst. The semi‐circle Prolyte Stage included 70 Prolyte stage decks.