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Umhlanga Dance In Swaziland: Pictures

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa - Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa – Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony
Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa - Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa – Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony
Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa - Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa – Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony
Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa - Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa – Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony
Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa - Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa – Umhlanga, reed dance ceremony
Maidens dance before King Mswati III on day 7 of the ceremony

Photos by Edwin Remsberg and Kady Dulny

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The Gaborone International Food And Drink Market

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The Gaborone International Food and Drink Market is set to take place on the 31st of October 2015 at Bojanala Waterfront in
Gaborone. Different kinds of drink and food brands are expected to exhibit at the market. With brands like Health Generation, 03 Beverages, Chilladiddo, Redd’s, Rhapsody’s, Just Ginger. Wings Galore, Appletiser and many more.

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Established in 2012 and previously named the Gaborone Food & Wine Show, The Gaborone International Food & Drink Market is a family friendly melting pot of cuisine, award winning wineries, beers, cocktails, whiskeys, coffee, tea, alcoholic spirits and other tastes of Botswana & the rest of the world has to offer. It brings together Botswana & neighboring countries’ most acclaimed restaurants and carefully selected exhibitors to attract Botswana’s most dedicated foodies. It is an adventure for the culinary thrill seeker.

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I cannot wait to be in Bojanala on the 31st of October and yes I am going to taste as much food and drinks as I can. SO if you are in Botswana do  not miss it. Tickets are available at Computicket for just P250.00 .

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For more information contact The Gaborone International Food and drink Market on their website http://www.thegifdmarket.com/

 

 

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

 

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.

Nefertiti Nach

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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Mbanghelum

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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BOYZN BUCKS Racing Club Lookbook Video Coming Soon……

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Boyzn Bucks a well-known South African group that has positively influenced Pop Culture will be dropping their Boyzn Bucks Racing Club LookBook video very soon. I am so excited to see what they have been up to, judging from the pictures they had a lot of fun. I wonder if they will have open days for the public, the inner racer in me would love that.

On his Facebook page Okmalumkoolkat, Boyzn Buck member had this to say about the group and where there are headed:  “‪#‎Boyznbucks‬ is the coming together not only of a group of friends but a collective of skills with a love for music. With music as the starting point the Boyzn are poised for future projects in everything from fashion to art and beyond. The aim is to export South African culture and ultimately influence the kids, letting them know that they can do the same, be proud of who they are and where they come from”

While we wait for the lookbook video, they have released some dope photos. Check out the pictures below

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Date And Venue For Intwasa Fashion Show Announced

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After successfully running the 1st Edition of Intwasa Fashion Show 2014, which featured a mixed bag of models from the professionals, public figures and plus size models, Intwasa Arts Festival in Collaboration with Hunnar Management Agency, presents the second edition of the fashion show on Saturday, 26 September 2015 during the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. This year, the fashion show will be held at the AMTEC Showroom on RG Mugabe/12th Ave in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The Intwasa Fashion Show will be held during the festival with 10 designers showcasing, amongst them are NOES who has showcased at platforms such as Zimbabwe Fashion Week and Clothing Indaba, Melusi Nhengu, Mosi Designs, Thembani Mubhochwa and some guest designers from South Africa. The fashion show will feature 20 models, a group of professional models and new faces.

“This year’s fashion show will have another exciting twist to it. Our Call for Models had 156 models coming through, with only 20 successfully making it through. Prior to the fashion show, we will have some workshops for people in the fashion industry as build ups to the main show that will be held at AMTEC Showroom. ” – Hunnar Agency.  This years’ fashion event had a lot of response from designers across the country and region, same goes for the models.

“Designers, just like models, need to be groomed and also they need to know how each of them benefits from one another. It is a complete business and industry which is interdependent. In the process, there is need to engage photographers, PR Personals, Bloggers, Journalists and other press in building ones brand. The workshops we will hold, will involve speakers that will highlight on different aspects of fashion and the Business of Fashion” – Hunnar Agency

Just like last year, 3 designers will be selected for an attachment with one of Zimbabwe’s Major Fashion Retailer, starting in January 2016, we will also have South Africa’s Azzura, an online store partnering with us in giving designers a platform to sell their products online. From the 12 designers that showcased last year, 6 young designers have already gone through the Edgars Young Designers Program where the designers are attached with Edgars Carousel for 3 months and get exposed to the commercial side of the business of fashion. The 6 young designers will be presenting a collaborated 25 look Summer/Spring 2016 Collection during the Intwasa Fashion Show 2015. Confirmed partners are Bulawayo Polytechnic, Azzura Online, AMTEC, SheerGlow, Hunnar Management Agency and Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, we are yet to confirm other partners.

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#InMyCircle Music Video By Jean Daniel

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After five months of internet,street and radio activations Jean Daniel releases the visuals to His “In My Circle” video,the video was shot at Faraday Taxi Rank in the Johannesburg CBD,its a paradox between the everyday ordinary life and the high fashion taste that Jean Daniel portrays with his image.

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Press Release: Ratu International Festival

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The first ever Ratu International festival will be launched in October this year in Douala, Cameroon. The festival is aimed at showcasing Cameroon fashion, movies and music. The woman behind the festival Miss Ratu Erma Olierhoek created the festival with the main goal to create opportunities for networking and to reach beyond Cameroon. The festival has attracted both international and national interest and the organizers hope to leave a lasting impression and more importantly they hope to make a difference.

Objectives

 

For an effective event, there are three core activities to ensure a fair and consistent selection:
– Competitions to promote young designers, movie producers and musicians,
– Workshop to educate young designers, movie producers and musicians
– Exhibitions , concerts and gala to celebrate with both national and international guests
Participants in all categories are expected to submit their materials to the team via designated channels such as the website, the Facebook page and others to be announced. The selection criteria will ensure that participants are fairly evaluated and rewarded as merit. The members of the jury are high profiled professionals with more than 50 years of combined experience at both international and national levels in the fashion and entertainment industries.

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10 designers will showcase their designers , 3 movies will be screened and 9 musicians will be chosen to perform.

For more info:

Ratu is available for interviews from the 10th of June 2015. We look forward to hearing from
you.
Contact:
Website: www.ratufestival.com
Email: Hello@ratufestival.com
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Getting My Groove Back In Botswana

Photo by: Lorraine

Photo by: Lorraine

After months and months of hard work and constant pressure,  I somewhat started losing my sanity and focus of what I set out to do. So the only way to get back on track was to take some time out, regroup and relax.

Botswana was just what I needed, being among great people and getting to explore the city of Gaborone was good for my soul. This might sound like a cliché but the moment I set foot in Botswana  I felt a weight lift off my shoulders and having vowed not to do anything work related all I did was explore the young city of Gaborone whose Central Business District is still in its early stages of development with skyscrapers being erected. I spotted some really interesting and beautiful architecture.

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DID YOU KNOW?

A taxi (what Batswana refers to as a combi) costs P3.50 to go just about anywhere around Gaborone from the Bus Station. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I didn’t have to spend the usual R12 or more for a taxi ride. I was relieved and happy that my not so loaded purse was going to survive longer than I anticipated.

Farming

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So it turns out that my uncle who resides in Botswana has started Poultry farming and naturally I wanted to check it out. We went with the new chicks to the farm as they had orders for the grown chickens that had to be slaughtered. I had a great time feeding the little chicks and getting them used to their new home. I think I should get into farming. I bet I would be good at it. Maybe one day I will buy land and have a go at it.

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 The Farmer’s Market

My friends from Botswana had been telling me about the Farmer’s Market so I decided to check it out at Bull ‘n Bush. The Farmer’s Market is all about music, good food, good company, food stalls, clothing stalls and loads more. Botswana is a very young county when it comes pop culture so The Farmer’s Market is still in its infancy but a much needed space for the creatives of Botswana. The space caters for fashion designers, chefs and book sellers. I tasted juice made purely from the Amarula fruit and it tasted alright. It’s an acquired taste.

Photo: Modisa

Photo: Modisa

 

Photo: Modisa

Photo: Modisa

Photo by: Lorraine

Photo by: Lorraine

Photo by; Lorraine

Photo by; Lorraine

Photo credit: Lorraine Binie Kinnear  check her on http://lorrainekinnear92.blogspot.com

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