Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Ndere Coupe Beautifully Captured At Ndere Cultural Centre in Uganda

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On his recent trip to Uganda, American photographer Nadere Johnson captured dancers and performers at Ndere Cultural Centre. I absolutely love the way these dancers look in their traditional clothes and for some reason they have my heart singing songs I have never heard before yet they feel so right and so familiar. So in Spirit of Heritage Month commencing in South Africa tomorrow I would love to celebrate The Ndere Troupe. They look very beautiful in their traditional regalia and this makes me proud to be African.

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The Ndere cultural troupe is very diverse and it was founded to instill a sense of  pride towards cultural practices and to bring together the rural and the urban. Aaaah this pictures are really breath-taking and are adding and fueling my strong desire to visit East Africa.The Ndere Troupe can perform folk dances and songs from any part of Uganda.

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For more of Nadere’s amazing work follow www.naderephotoblog.com

 

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First Lady Of AfroSpanish Hip Hop Famosa Nkumu Stuns In Recent PhotoShoot

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Ghana based Equatorial Guinea songstress, Ferlania Victoria Ntongono popularly known in the music fraternity as Famosa Nkumu release promo photos ahead of official premiering of her ‘Lokeloke’ single featuring Yaa Pono and produced by EddyKay Beatz.

MONEY POWER FAME – MPF group first lady take a pride to be the first AfroSpanish Hip Pop Dancehall artiste with blend of English, Spanish and her local dialect to heat West Africa and Africa at large by storm.

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Miss Cameroon South Africa 2015

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After months of serious preparations and vigorous publicity campaigns the first ever Miss Cameroon South Africa took place this past weekend on the 8th of August at the Market Theatre in Newtown. Nine beauties from Cameroon competed for the title and I must say that I loved seeing how confident they were on stage.  Nefertiti, Alvine, Amandine, Tessa, Paola, Patricia, Sidoine, Sonia and Duvirge strutted their staff for the judging panel which consisted of Brian Shiraz, Vanessa Mbenoun, Mavis Anim and Karelle Foster.

The MCs, Precious and Wenceslaus

The MCs, Precious and Wenceslaus

Because it was a contest there obviously had to be a winner. Prior to the event the public voted for their favourite and the People’s Choice Award went to Tessa Naddin while the Miss Personality Award went to Duvirge. Designers Brian Yvette outdid themselves as they produced the finest garments for the ladies. Brian Shiraz had a collection of lovely evening dresses and Yvette Nyamboli dressed the contestants in traditional regalia. My personal favourite contestant was Nefertiti, I absolutely loved how she carried herself as she walked.

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Nefertiti Nach

The lady who reigned supreme was Amandine Ebo’o alongside Nefertiti Nach the first runner up and Sonia Nkolo  the second runner up. Amandine is set to become a role model for young girls in Cameroon and South Africa. Her win means that she will also be participating in Miss Cameroon 2016 which will be held in Cameroon. She will also be attending humanitarian events and help raise money for the less privileged children in Both South Africa and Cameroon.

Sonia, Amandine, Nefertiti

Sonia, Amandine, Nefertiti

After the pageant a very emotional McKevin Ayaba could not believe that the event was finally a reality and the number of attendants surprised him even more. “God has been awesome and on my side I went through worst times in my life to see this dream, this event come true. Let nobody tell you that you can’t do it, many a time I was told to postpone because it was really difficult but I stood my grounds because I do not believe in postponing a dream. I will like to thank the sponsors and everyone who made the event happen”said McKevin The Executive Director and Founder of Miss Cameroon South Africa

Co-Founder McKevin Ayaba

Founder McKevin Ayaba

I loved the performances from the traditonal group called Mbanghelum, They were absolutely amazing in their traditional attire and the ladies sure could dance even in high heels.

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Other performers included BUFFAlo Souljah all the way from Zimbabwe, Babalwa from right here in Mzansi, Kimaany from Cameroon and T.A from Cameroon and Waxy Dey from Cameroon. It truly was a great night. Big up to the Miss Cameroon South Africa Team for all the hard work and may they apply the lessons learnt this year in the future contests.

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Nominees for Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 Awards Have Been Announced

The list of nominees for Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 Awards is out and it is up to the public to decide who gets to win the title. There are seven categories that need public vote and those are Blogger of the Year, Style Icon of the Year, Fashion Photographer of the Year, Stylist of the Year, Accessories Designer Of the Year, Emerging Designer of the Year, Make-Up Artist/ Range of the Year and Young Designer of the Year.

To Vote simply Email the name of the person and the category to pa@zimfashionweek.com or send an inbox to Zimbabwe Fashion Week on Facebook.

THE NOMINEES:

Accessories Designer Of The Year:

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Dee-Kaw-Zee

Shorai

Ndau Collection

Vee Hatss

Nix And Sam Accessories

Emerging Designer Of The Year

Natsai Mujuru

Mehreen Kamal

Humphrey Salimu

Tariro Muza

Crystelle Natasha Khan

O’Brien Methuselah

Kay Terera

Stylist Of The Year

Haleema Mekani

Welshman Sibanda

Craig Zoowie

Make-Up Artist / Range Of The Year

Flori Roberts Cosmetics Zimbabwe

Vault Cosmetics

Make-up By Gamu

Langa Cosmetics

Black Opal Cosmetics Zimbabwe

Blogger of The Year

That Fai Daji

Kicking It With Mimi

Zimfashionista

Signature Toscie

Concrete Jungle “Nkosikadzi”

The Harare Girl

The Royal Fashion Files

Style Archive ZW

Young Designer Of The Year

Brian Makubise

Irvine Kambodzi

Kudzaishe Bunhu

Nyaradzo Olga Pedzisai

Taonga Badza

Tawana Nyamupingidza

Tendai Mhaka

Tinashe Sockie Chikoti

Style Icon Of The Year

Welshman Sibanda

Pokello Nare

Craig Zoowie

Samantha “MisRed”Mussa

Gilmore Tee

Lorraine “Lochnation”Charlotte Bgoya

Trish Carmen

Fashion Photographer Of The Year

Michele Fortmann

Tinashe Njangu

Kudzai Chakaingesu

Mike Wall

Elton Marengedze

 

 

 

Maasai Cricket Warriors : Dipped In Culture

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I  recently saw a series of pictures  that really caught my attention more than once. It was on a cricket field and the most eye catching moment was the Maasai men draped in their Maasai regalia laying cricket. A facebook friend of mine once said “Imagine if we as black Africans could walk into a boardroom draped in our cultural regalia, Imagine the amount of respect that you would command”.  Looking back at that statement now I realize how true that is. It was respect that kept me interested in the Maasai Cricket Warriors because of their pride in their culture and its regalia. Pride so much so that they chose to continue representing the Maasai even while playing cricket.

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I have since gotten a chance to converse with  Sonyanga Ole Ngais the captain of the Masai Cricket Warriors who is also pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Electronic Media at Daystar University in Kenya.
Cricket was introduced to the Ilpolei village by a South African lady called Aliya Bauer in  2007. Since then they have participated in a number of international matches in South Africa and England.

It was our first time to play cricket, therefore we had to undergo some basic coaching, it wasn’t that easy for us. Our natural style of throwing the spear for example to animals while defending our livestock was just the same way as bowling in cricket, also the batting technique in cricket was just the same way as we use our clubs when battling- Sonyanga

As a way to preserve their culture the Maasai Cricket Warriors  play cricket in their traditional attire, and this is also the way to tell the world that the Maasai too can play cricket. They say that they are used to their traditional ways of dressing and as such they are comfortably  with playing cricket in their traditional regalia. “Our principles are; since cricket has its own rules, we also have our culture and ways of life and playing with our traditional attire is just as comfortable as playing in the normal cricket attire”says Sonyanga.

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There is a documentary about The Maasai Cricket Warriors that is in the pipeline and it will be released later this year on  warriorsfilm.co.uk   and it will be covering their day to day lives. Ilpole now has a cricket field which was constructed by Gurkah Engineers with the collective help of the British Army and the Australian Aid. Cricket has become a huge part of the Ilpole community.

We have learnt to integrate cricket with our culture in many ways, we actually  don’t just play cricket but we use it as a tool to educate our society. We are in a society where culture is so deep rooted and we have some retrogressive practices, like Female Genital Mutilation(FGM), Gender Disparity and Early Marriages among girls, we also spread message on HIV and AIDS awareness and conservation of our wildlife and environment and we are actively involved in the rhino conservation.

THESE YOUNG MEN MAKE ME PROUD TO BE AFRICAN

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SPICE (TV) brings Africa Lifestyle & Fashion TV Media Support to Ghana Fashion & Design Week (GFDW) 2015 in Partnership

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SPICE brings Africa Lifestyle and Fashion TV Media Support to Ghana Fashion & Design Week (GFDW) 2015 in Partnership.

(Accra, 3 August 2015) We are proud to welcome this year at Ghana Fashion & Design Week, Africa’s innovative Lifestyle and Fashion TV Channel – SPICE TV. The upwardly growing TV Channel brings vibrant coverage and positive support to the platform in Accra, right across from our Neighbouring Nigeria.

We are truly encouraged to have the support from our nearby country TV media, and their continuous effort in creating collaborative synergies aimed at strengthening Africa’s fashion business and creative industries development growth on the continent. 

SPICE is Africa’s No. 1 Fashion Channel dedicated to exploring African achievements in fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Broadcasted 24/7 across 44 African countries SPICE is the standard for African fashion and culture on the continent. SPICE TV airs on DSTV channel 192, with over 100 hours of new programming each month showcasing…

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