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FLOW OF FORMS MUSEUM TALK FASHION SOIREE: THE POLITICS OF AFRICAN FASHION

 

forms of fashion 4The exhibition Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow focuses on Design Histories between Africa and Europe through the prism of past, present and future: how did Africa influence design in European Modernism, what impacts did the European reform movements have on the African continent? What forms have social emancipation and the optimistic spirit of change taken?

On the 12th of July 2018, at the Museum am Rothenbaum Hamburg, Africa’s renowned, fashion giants discussed the politics of African fashion – relevance of visual culture, copyrights and cultural appropriation in a globalized world. The discussion was facilitated and moderated by the Founder of Fashion Africa Now, Beatrace Angut Oola, in collaboration with  Museum am Rothenbaum Hamburg.

forms of fashion 1This was lured in by the case of copyright infringement from the most blatant rip-off that came from a high street brand like Zara doing a Maxhosa by Laduma’s indigenous sock design.

This remains fashion’s most uncomfortable conversation that is avoided by many but is supported and donned by masses in the fashion and beyond the industry! Some of the world’s greatest designers have also been copy-cats or downright design knockouts to fulfill industry needs. The unspoken reality is how multitudes benefit from this form of trade and how brand owners lose track and command of revenue in the millions of dollars from what is their intellectual property. Copying a design or its copyright-protected design and creating identical or substantially similar prints for own benefit demands austere yet kind reflections. Austere in the sense of ethics in business and kindness with regards to levels of income and the common innate desire to look contemporary and chic.

The panelist that lead some parts of this fashion politics discussions included Africa’s most esteemed fashion opinion leaders: Mimi Plange, Fashion Designer from (Ghana-Accra /New York), the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of the South-African Glamour, Asanda Sizani (Johannesburg), Omoyemi Akerele, the Founder of Lagos Fashion Week,  (Lagos), Ola Shobowale, Creative Director and Brand Consultant of Infinite Beauty Factory (Nigeria-Lagos/ London). 

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The fashion soiree offered a change of perspective: focusing on the mobility of people, objects, and ideas on flows between Africa and Europe – which allows for multiple yet necessarily fragmented design histories to be identified and recognized. The contributors trace multifaceted design case studies from a historical perspective, with attention to the present as well as toward possible futures.

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African fashion is culture in design that needs to be respected and adhered to, including it’s business sphere. This is a much needed conversation that needs to continue happening, and from the leaders of African fashion perspective!

A huge congratulations and a pat on the back to Beatrace Oola  for bringing in a unique authority voices of the young, urban African fashion and diaspora perspectives together in collaboration with Museum am Rothenbaum Hamburg for the much needed conversations. Check out some of the full inset about the Fashion Soiree Museum talk at Fashion Africa Now forms of fashion 7

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Facilitation and Moderation: Beatrace Angut Oola, Fashion Africa Now

Location: Museum für Völkerkunde | Rotherbaumchaussee 64 | 20148 Hamburg

Photos / Fotos: © Mimi Plange & Christina Leitow

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#RESPECTtheDOEK

I cannot express the uneasiness in me caused by these findings that brought a nostalgic intrusion of mystery and beauty all at once. The truth about head wraps has released me from a tyranny of conscious thoughts about my past.

A story about my past is that , In the beginning of times, it is said that head wraps were a standard dress for the enslaved. In the west, they were worn by African-American slaves so as to absorb their perspiration as they worked tirelessly in the harsh sun. Now, the truth about my past is, here, south of the equator before slavery, Africans had identified with it as a communal identity symbol and further used it as a shield to tote water or balance off farm produce on their heads.

Originally from the sub-Sahara, head wraps are worn usually by women to functions or special celebrations as a sign of respect.In my Tswana culture, a head wrap, tukwi,  is an essential cultural token – a concrete token or symbol of identification, and mostly worn as a status symbol and also signals botho “respect. It is donned mostly by married women for special celebrations and occasions like weddings, or used as a veil for widows, but in black.

Fast forward to the modern times, one feet from gold, still painting our own visual meditation, head wraps are still regarded as a significant part in most African cultures. They are nowadays mostly worn as a sense of style -a fashion statement or as an accessory solution to cure a bad hair day. In fashion terms, the bold and ornate the cloth, the bolder the tribal art statement.

As I was skimming through historical articles and journals (Unwinding the symbols) about head wraps, I learnt that it might have been an object of oppression from one vantage point, years ago for Africans Americans but for us, Africans, it shall remain an important token of cultural conversation – a crown rather than a helmet of courage.

Therefore, on this day I say, NOW is the time, more than ever to be ruthless. Be ruthless with ourselves and embrace who we truly are. To the world, respect OUR doek, respect the tukwi, in all its African sherbet hues.

Happy Youth Day!

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THE NEW KIND OF “COOL”

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With the new wave of cool- the unspoken minimalism, social media (instagram) visually cool rule, it’s so easy to lose yourself. It’s so easy to lose your own voice and follow other people’s own perspectives and (fashion) choices.

So, how do you free yourself from these false or unhelpful beliefs that the world throws at you and somehow become ingrained in the deepest recesses of your mind? As I took time off, I learnt that, everything is a self-portrait, so is fashion. I’ve come to realize and accept the fact that, I am colour. I am print vomit. I am more. I am not less. I am clashing personalities, a quirky sense of fashion and humor. I am an exaggeration in my fashion choices. I am not the new wave of suit and sneakers kind of girl. I am all in one and that’s okay. That’s okay by me.

So, when I woke up today, I felt a freeing feeling in the way that I respond to the world that deems being ‘less’ in fashion a thing. I will continue to dress my world, one hue at a time, two prints a day, with or without a nod from the world.

What I know for sure is, the world keeps changing its mind. Better create your own, solidify your identity, and be your “new kind of cool”- all ways, always.

Love.

Tsholo Dikobe
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CNN interviews GaTsh Fros

What if you wake up one day and receive a call that could change your life forever?
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I cannot express the shocking uneasiness caused in me by this intrusion of beauty. Well, on the 10th September 2015 our lives changed when we received a call from CNN headquarters about a feature on CNN for African Voices.What a godly moment for me and my second self, Gaone!

African voices- African Voices highlights the continent’s most dazzling trendsetters who create their own subcultures in areas such as travel, fashion, art, music, technology and architecture.

On 10th September,2015, we took out our most fashion forward, gatshy, quirky fashion to prepare for the biggest shoot of our lives yet- CNN interview shoot.

A combination of authentic creativity and new culture, a re-visit of time and a diverse message of futurism was the theme of the day. 6am, we made our way to the world class phoot studio booth, Image Lounge for a fashion shoot that immaculately designed the Africa that we have always known, the Africa that is a portal of inspiration..The Africa that is and not a trend. It was our prerogative to show another side of Africa which the media does not always portray.

Lights, camera, action! We started of showing our designs, the mogagolwane and went on the itinerary for the day which was to show a new Africa, an increasingly prosperous continent which has become the yardstick for defining fashion across the globe and defying judgmental platitudes.

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Models: Kaone Monamodi and Nature Inger in GaTsh Fros Kobo collection
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We took the crew to a place that is so dear to our hearts. The flea market. The flea market gives us those once off pieces that instantaneously makes one’s closet a rich era of yester-year fashion and futuristic fashion duds. To wrap up the day, we showed Botswana’s bestest in street style and a gatshy street style shoot where we showed our style and many of our favorite looks from our closets.

At The end of the day, this was the beginning of our fashionable lives,
Because GOD, ..

Watch the video here, GaTsh Fros on CNN

BEHIND THE SCENES

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The team with THE VOICE NEWSPAPER editor, EMANG BOKHUTLO (centre)

A hearty thank you to Image lounge Botswana, Make up artist Bojelo Marari, The Voice Newspaper, Models Kaone Monamodi and Nature Inger. Last but not least Kabelo “K-BOS” Motlhatlhedi.

 

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CARAMEL DREAMS

I have decided to embrace this androgynous side I had shied away from for so long. Here is the simple truth about clothes. Keep the ones you love to wear. Here is another truth, minimalism, simplification, basic, plain, unfussy is a science and i am here to learn.

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PHOTOGRAPHY | BOTLHE DIKOBE (BD PHOTOGRAPHY)

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NEW AFRICAN WOMAN COVER GIRL & FASHION SUBMISSION, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 Issue 26

tsolo What a freeing feeling it is to tell the world about a system that is not written by anyone but you? A system that lives dangerously free within your thoughts that you can uniquely address, express and expose willingly!

I realized that marches don’t work anymore, but that there is a new kind where you do not really have to SHOUT, or walk it out with a large white board. This new kind, you show. I have never felt so much euphoria and joy to be given such a great platform by the editor of NEW AFRICAN WOMAN EDITOR, REGINA, who asked me to share my work for the New Africa Woman fashion section a while back (5 months ago). This submission made it into the fashion section for NEW AFRICAN WOMAN issue 26, August/September 2014. Moreover, I am humbled and honored to be one of the few, (if not the first) motswana to grace an INTERNATIONAL FASHION MAGAZINE COVER. TSHOLO KAONE MOREMONG

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What a great opportunity it is to expose Botswana’s precious gems of creatives and show the world who we are and what we stand for? It would be a sin to miss an opportunity to help another being get the recognition they deserve. Hence we turned this amazing opportunity into an ode to Botswana’s fashion industry featuring BW team of fashion creatives- the “creme de la creme” of BW fashion multipliers & designers, Neo Ooke (AFRICAN LACE) and Kaone Moremong (House of Kay),the amazing models Naledi Mabena and Palesa Kasale, amazing photographer Kago Seatile (Kagography), professional make-up artist Tuauana Reetsang (SCOTSWANA MAKE-UP) for their active minds and amazing point of view on fashion. For the cover, many hearty thanks goes to Raees Abdoola for the rich (billion dollar) cover and photography, Jennifer Osei-Mensah for the face beat (make-up), and Thapelo Letsebe for his unique styling on the spread.

We exposed Africa’s diverse, rich fashion and culture, through the new model of African designers epitomized by these 2 talented Botswana designers who I thought were fitting, have a unique eye and hand finish to best tell our African story. Their garments exhibit a new style of African fashion- a combination of creativity and new culture, a re-visit of time and a diverse message of futurism through their designs. Their intricacy,craftsmanship, and detailing are indeed exquisite. They immaculately design the Africa that we have always known, the Africa that is a portal of inspiration and which is not a trend. This is the new Africa, an increasingly prosperous continent which has become the yardstick for defining fashion across the globe and defying judgmental platitudes.

Welcome to Africa, the Africa they don’t tell you about.

HERE is the work I did – styling for New African WOMAN magazine (ISSUE 26) with my partner Gaone Mothibi.

OUR FASHION CONTRIBUTION _MG_9813 An exceptional headdress, which instantaneously makes any African woman a queen that she knows she is Rich, textured, and proud of her uncontaminated roots _MG_9706 _MG_9876 _MG_9804 _MG_9854 _MG_9555 Practical, desirable with minimalism details proving why her ladylike gestures whose quiet beauty will ensure long after the spotlight has dimmed. _MG_9511 _MG_9648 _MG_9947 DESERT FLOWER: Playing with what it means to be African, fused with African tribal elements to create a contemporary feel. _MG_9952
Get transported and immersed in Africa’s global trotter of bold prints, exotic accents, and earthly brights that take you in and out of Africa. Just a colourful stream of consciousness and creativity that flows out of Africa to the world, perfectly capturing the new Africa- Africa that is vibrant, rich, diverse and most of all, modern and authentic. Now tell me, where to from here? Every home needs a signature piece, and you know Africa’s: Printed, embellished, high-voltage or dual textures. _MG_9767 _MG_9665 _MG_9537

Kaone Moremong’s collection draws inspiration from the sexy 50’s: flowy cuts fused with a touch of African print and chic African Lace head-gear. A case of West meets South.

TILL NEXT TIME BECAUSE..Africa is calling!

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FOR FASHION CONTRIBUTION
PHOTOGRAPHY | KAGO SEATILE (FASHION CONTRIBUTION SHOOT)
MAKE-UP ARTIST | TUAUANA REETSANG
MODELS | NALEDI MABENA & PALESA KASALE
STYLISTS | TSHOLO DIKOBE & GAONE MOTHIBI
DESIGNER | KAONE MOREMONG (HOUSE OF KAY)
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER | NEO MOTSEOISI OOKE (AFRICAN LACE)

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PHOTOGRAPHY | RAEES ABDOOLA (FASHION COVER SHOOT)
MAKE-UP ARTIST | JENNIFER OSEI-MENSAH
COVER GIRL | TSHOLO DIKOBE
DESIGNER DRESS | KAONE MOREMONG (HOUSE OF KAY)
DESIGNER ACCESSORIES | NEO MOTSEOISI OOKE (AFRICAN LACE)

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HOT OFF LEGiT…

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Temperatures are dropping, run-ways are sizzling,the fashion trends are enchanting and versatile with new themes and some major pizzazz! Whether you sheepishly follow trends, ignore them, or rebel against them entirely, the one thing you can’t do is deny their existence!There is definitely no dimming winter season’s fair share of sparkle in the fashion calendar.
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The evolution and transitioning from summer to winter fashion was best embraced and re-defined when LEGiT, a South-African based fashion-forward, style-savvy retail in collaboration with the bubbly, business mogul and ever-stunning Dineo Ranaka- LEGiT 2014 winter brand ambassador launched her LUVDR winter range 2014 in Botswana, Rail-park mall.

“For me the word LOVE is perfect for this campaign it’s all about being true to yourself, being authentic, and real as well as expressing yourself. It’s exciting and big, but so calm, a happy campaign and beautiful partnership”, she said in a recent interview.

Just when you thought winter dressing had run out of ideas, LUVDR range brings you a display of subtle sophistication, impeccable prints, layers of leather, moody colours, gold embellishments, textured and stylish prints,IT leather jacket that sits neatly at the waist and sausage dresses that have the standout factor. The whole range encompasses gorgeous embroideries that are deeply-rooted in tradition but in a subtle manner, taking hold of the fashion world quite unexpectedly.
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Winter is not about depressing, dull colours and covering yourself in layers of un-inspired outwear. You want to transform your outfit from drab to fab this winter?

LUVDR range takes on exaggerated proportions for winter with large, chunky gold neck-pieces adornments positioned prominently on colourful sausage dresses, shining beads and luxurious crystals, embellishments that has become key to accent both the femininity and the concept of modern luxury. Whether it’s a boldly printed or inventively cut seasonal sweater or a checked outerwear, these outwear elevated wardrobe essentials are easy-chic pieces to pair with tailored pants or flirty penicl skirt- perfect for sneakily kicking up your day time, night or work outfit.

The entire range revolves around this very idea, mixed in with some global travel inspirations and a pinch of modern edgy sentiments. Speaking to the LEGiT brand manager, Ocean Ngobeni, fashion to them is aspirational. LEGiT is an aspirational brand that caters to the younger market- that young woman who knows she is worthy of following her goals and is not intimidated to do so. It gives an instant ‘feel good-look good”- just the right amount of shine and confidence without denting their pockets. She fashionably admitted that we should look out for long skirts, denim skirts/shirts, chunky heels, peplum pants, leather jackets, sweat pants and baseball jacket as some of this seasons’ hottest buys.
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Get a boost from the LUV DR range – look forward to your Mondays, get excited by fashion that makes getting out of bed on a cold morning much easier. No, we are not are telling you what to wear. We are here to inform and inspire, but never to dictate. Your wardrobe is your playground and LEGiT is just showing you new fashion duds you should try. Inspired by love,designed for the real world- onto the LEGiT hangers, and into your wardrobes. LUVDR
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THE KHOI-FRO X LEGiT LUVDR
Wearing one of DINEO’s 5 favourite LUV DR range-a fit-and-flare body con check midi length dress that compliments the look I am into now, minimalism. Add a black chic coat and you are ready for your dinner date!
Here is how I styled my gift voucher.Check-mate! 🙂
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My LUVDR gift voucher AND some of my LUVDR favorites…
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A big hearty round of thanks to LEGiT for the fab gift voucher, a gatshy wardrobe upgrade and winter ammunition fashion duds, courtesy of LEGiT brand Manager Ocean Ngobeni – I feel loved too!

till next time.. because YOU have to make a statement 🙂

PRICES
Cut-out boot P399.99
Check midi dress P329.99
Gold Sequined top P199.99
Gold Sandals P229.99
Cream white skirt P199.99

Photography | Khwezi Mphatlalatsan’ (own pictures)
Dineo Ranaka pics | LEGiT website.

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WHO’S THAT DESIGNER? BOTSWANA ON ACCESSORY DESIGNING.

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Intriguing. Demanding attention. Flamboyant mixing of Western and African culture. It is inspiring and good to see how African design and art have evolved through fashion. Each very unique and special, telling one story or the other of Africa, about How we tucked away this secret. The most certain truth is Africa has always been hidden in plain sight. Today, the new age tells us that Africa fashion is on the rise. Africa has been up, it’s just that we gave just enough information to be mysterious. Not anymore, meet one of Africa’s gems, Ashanti Chique.
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Ashanti Chique is a fashion forward, fierce afropolitan clothing accessories label by qualified style and Makeup Consultant Jennifer Osei-Mensah of the Evolushon Images, Image Consultancy Brand. Ashanti Chique accessories are designed for the Urban Diva who is stylish yet proud of her African roots. The Ashanti Chique lady reflects this pride through her use of afro chic, afropolitan accessories in her everyday style choices.
Ashanti chique currently specializes in clutch bags and peplum belts made from modern and traditional African print fabric. The designs are made in such a way to capture the uniqueness of the combination of the various prints, colours and textures of the fabric whilst reflecting the beauty of our African heritage.
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We make use of German Print “Letasie” native to the Tswana tradition and “Ankara/Ntuma” native to Ghanaian/ Nigerian tradition.

The peplum belts are detachable and can be used on skirts, tops, dresses or shorts. The simple addition of a peplum belt can take any outfit from drab to fab instantly. The clutch bags were designed with the aim of producing an appealing yet durable piece that could match any outfit, be it cocktail, office or formal inspired.
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We produce a variety of sized clutch bags to suit the desires of our customers. Our introductory range include stiff clutch bags that vary from small to large and envelope bags that are medium in size.

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We pride ourselves in creating quality, stylishly diverse pieces to suit any personality type.

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BEHIND THE SCENES. It was a rainy, cloudy day. 6am call-time and we thought the clouds would clear. 5pm, still. They didn’t. We accepted God’s blessings. Welcome Ashanti Chicque, Botswana.

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To place an order Contact Evolushon Images on +26771603212 or email evolushonimages@gmail.com, you can also visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/evolushonimages.

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STYLING| THE KHOI-FRO
PHOTOGRAPHY|KagoGraphy Seatile KAGOGRAPHY
MAKE-UP| JENNIFER OSEI-MENSAH
ACCESSORY DESIGNER| EVOLUSHON IMAGESJENNIFER OSEI-MENSAH
MODELS| NALEDI and STAR.

till next time because Botswana got more.
the khoi-fro Fashion Artist

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An ode to my genes…

the-khoi-fro-levis1Levi’s. 90’s Levi’s 501, original cut. Great jeans. That’s what my father bought me almost 2 decades ago while he was living in the US. He was trendy without being tacky. I trusted him. But come to think of it now, I realized now that I trusted him because he was well-traveled. He had to have a great taste. He had to have picked up great clothes all the time for my sisters, my mother and I. So, instantaneously I fell in love with the Levi’s jeans. They way they looked against my sun kissed skin.They were a size 30. All my teenage life I wore these size 30 regular fitted Levi’s jeans yet I weighed 38kg!The imbalance. Today i sat and laughed about it. The thought of it, the horror! Yesterday has began to reappear. Every last detail of the fabric, fit, sundries and even the smell of those jeans. Fast-forward to 2011,they were now different. They had somehow changed their authentic smell and shape.They were more like high waist-ed jeans and smelled like different futures! I didn’t know how to feel about this. Maybe I had gained weight, weight I struggled to put on ever since primary school.But I was thankful of how they smelt.I just know that I am sick of the cliché 21st jean smell. Helpless, tired of the endless pursuit of wearing them, Late 2011, i put them in a “mozimbabwe” (a guyanese samsonite bag batswana call mozimbabwe). Apparently in Zimbabwe its called “motswana”. Buffoonery! Story for another day. Years passed. I can’t remember the last time minutes disappeared so quickly!I put them away because they now left a million questions i couldn’t answer. All my childhood, in there, stored away. I had stored away, my friends’ stains, the soiled knees, the windy rain stains,fading lawn stains, the tears, the candy wraps, moments of solitude, i had stored away my precious time. A quarter of my life. Oh. There came a time where I had to look like a certain era for a themed party. Oh. I revisited my happy childhood. My original Levi’s 501 jeans. They were still, in 2012, realer than the nonsenseLevi’s in Options chinese stores. I know this because of their arcuate trademark,material of the patch used and printing on the patch. If the patch material seems authentic, most times the printing is not.If the jeans are anything other than black 501s from the 1980s-if they have that on the label then they are fake. Levi’s leather patches are always pale in colour even when new!Its easy to spot a fake, find Clues in the Hue of the jean,check the correct chain stitched hems including the pocket shape, pocket placement and the shape of the yoke. The rear tag of the fake is made of different quality and colour, and the material is thicker. The original’s rear tag is almost paper-like and paper-thin. Spelling. Check! Anyways, I put my original 501’s on. My heart ached for the lost time. It ached for the places I left, the Godly lived childhood. I knew it was too late to turn around. I felt 1999 again.It was then i knew that,man, i loved these jeans. But i knew that somewhere a “stranger” awaits. Mid 2012, I had to say goodbye to my ORIGINAL high-waisted jeans of almost two decades. I didn’t want to, but I had to. Long story. This time it was never about the fit nor the smell. It was all about recycling joy.

Ever since…I never really had the urge to buy jeans, unless they were really different. Different being washed,acid-washed, ripped or an amazing regular fit. Now leggings happened, totally ruined the jean era. Here is to my “love-hate” relationship to my perfect original 501 Levi’s jeans. I wore them for the last time in 2011 with my brown flat boots. I guess you always remember your first love.

….This is me, dear Original Levi’s 501, I miss you and I know that you are a gift of love utterly unasked for by any tight butt. But since you’ve been gone, I’ve tried these..

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I don’t own these great genes, the pictures nor the work but they are surely some of the good 21st century “genes” that i gravitate towards..
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till next time because you deserve great genes.
the Khoi Fro Fashion Artist.

photographer| Khwezi Mphatlalatsan’

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The Khoi-fro goes to Jo’burg…dreams close to home.

I experienced the element of fear, uncertainty and doubt. What if i come back in a casket? What if i get mugged. What if…
You see, I love travelling. But I didn’t imagine travelling to Johannesburg anytime soon. If i was to travel to Jozi, it would be by air to O.R Tambo and back. These past holidays,on a Saturday morning, i refused to give up on my dreams. I had to remember my own name. Surely my mother didn’t give me this name for nothing. Tsholofelo. Hope. I had to pay a price of commitment, hopped on the next sprinter with my heart’s keeper and hoped for the best. Yes. A minibus- combi. I Hopped onto the next Combi to Jo’burg. I was going to Jo’burg! The place i had so much fear for, for the longest. “Why wrinkle your soul by giving in and giving up because of fear?”.. I knew i had to go there. Money and Time are a commodity made by man. I had neither, so i had to go. Something awaited…

For the past couple of months, again, i had been feeling like my mind was in intensive care. The neighbours are still gossiping about the same things, latest scandal, the constant complains about the things the government promised to do but hasn’t. Nothing has changed. But I knew that after that Berlin trip, anything is possible and that I am different now. This intensive care feeling, not a single pill can save it. It’s too late for aspirin now. What i needed was a 360, a complete treatment. Maybe Johannesburg could help me. We got in Jo’burg at around 4/5 pm, went straight to Jo’burg’s “den”- Park Station. The Horror. I acted like i belonged, trying to not look different but i was freaking out! Anyways,from park station into the gautrain straight to Nomadic’s. Some much happened. Anyways tomorrow was another day. The Following day, I met a couple of creatives- artists in Newtown. Oh, Rusty, Mak1ONE, Breeze, Yoko, Curio and Faith47 to name a few. Forget the urine-stained sidewalks, I felt alive- wondering why Sometimes I forget to look up. I was lost between man and his thoughts. All these thoughts. I visited each one of them. I looked for a home..and travelling got me one- between these graffiti walls. Day 1 and Jo’burg was already happening. I am glad I looked up. I am proud that my heart and legs said “go” and I obeyed. I know I’ll be back, soon. Thank you Johannesburg for helping me celebrate my independence these past holidays, you gave me light, the beaming kind. Pula!
Day 2,3,4 ? Stick around for more. Till next time because you got to meet Jo’burg…more..

…Tell me, why are you still making an excuse? Look up.

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Botswana Music to know.. F.P.M.G (Old Skul Jushi)

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I have gained such an appreciation for my city over the past years. Every bit of it. Its glory, its new rookies, the bubbling under, the mainstreams, the Underground, the next best, The firsts, its new creatives, the wannabes, the has been’, the I will be back, the vacancy, the love, decay and crime. Though I have never made any promises, I only said that I’d try to live and be the best creative observer that I could be. This pas’ weekend i was invited to do a music video styling for BW’S hottest music group- FPMG. I ended up doing mostly accessories styling because from music to looking the part, these guys know how to execute a concept with so much ease. My job was made easier.

WHO IS FPMG??
Fancy Path Music Group (FPMG).

Excellence, futuristic concepts and great quality production. This is a music group musing on Botswana’s promise, to give you 100% international level production.It comprises of 2 producers and 5 artists of different genres from Motswako, Hip Hop, House music, R n’ B, Jazz and contemporary music. This versatile hip hop group is made up of Sentence, BlaqBoi, Motswaki Vic, DoughBoy, Tido, Khwezi, Prince (Royal Dj) and Spryt. FPMG gives a meaning to what a music group should be- an art-form, not just entertainment, poetic flow not nursery rhymes, intellect more so than wit. Even in their casual songs, strictly for entertainment they still display a tremendous level of talent. They are the perfect entertainment package.
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The way their production slays every track they put their hands on makes some of these *wack artists” sound like the next Kendrick, while they sound like they own the genre.

Don’t believe me?
think about lyricism, think about delivery, originality, and sincerity in the rhymes. Then when you acknowledge that, you have to think about production quality and consistency. They never put out sub-par tracks.

WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN?…
The Black Chinese Mixtape was the first project FPMG worked on which includes radio singles such as ‘Grind’ and ‘Mo Sphankgeng’ which are the most recognizable by their supporters. This mixtape was released online and is still available for download. They have an affinity with Chinese’s spirit of team work and ambition to succeed in everything they do. The further added that the concept is also a way of integrating cultures and reaching out to masses beyond their natural skin tone. It was originally derived from the Far-East Asian culture of team spirit,community building and creativity.

FPMG’S BW’S PRODUCERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
SPRYT has made BW’s hottest hits that’s receiving massive airplay right now: Sasa Klaas’- H.A.D.S.A.N, Sasa Klaas’ft Scar – A Ke mo khandeng , Khwezi ft Nature’s – GOOD LIFE, Motswaki Vic’s TSWAKATSONE, Nomadic FT Khwezi & Motswaki Vic- FOR THE LOVE while another FPMG producer, Prince THE ROYAL Dj, has produced hits like FPMG’S ‘Mo Sphankgeng’ Old Jushi, FPMG’S Becha FT JUJU BOY and Sasa Klass “I DID IT” to name a few.

WHAT THEY ARE ON..NOW
I say they are out here to revive the radio culture. Ages, stages & phases, they are radio’s new voice only at war with their art, consumed in something bigger than luck. On the topic of art, they are currently working on an album entitled the Art of War which is scheduled for release this year, 2013. They say, the Art of War is an album that expresses their struggles and strides in the creative industry seeing it has been a long fight to be heard out as Hip Hop artists and misunderstood by the masses. They use their creativity to fight this ‘war’, other than turning to drugs and a life of crime to take their frustrations out on. Apart from music, there is a movement sub division of Fancy Path Holdings thus its management. All i know is, they collect bruises to breed our humility, but destroy every studio equipment they touch and pen down, just for your listening pleasure. 🙂

THE OLD SKUL JUSHI VIDEO SCENE..

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from left to right, Doughboy, Sentence, (BACK) Blackboi and Tido, (FRONT) Motswaki Vic and Khwezi.
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FPMG: from left to right: Spryt (Producer), DoughBoi, Sentence, (back BlaqBOI),Motswaki Vic, Khwezi, FRONT(Tido).
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DIRECTOR S (Smokie Mogapi),Directing.
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Old skul Jushi.
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Whats’ old skul without Dickies??
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Motswaki Vic
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Tido and Sentence: Dont let them fool you, their image changes with each song. They are very much hip hop.
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Sentence, BlaQBoi and Motswaki Vic.
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BEHIND THE SCENES : LOOK OUT FOR:
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Milly, Milly Milez, Milez. Catch up niggas.
Old Skul Jushi Trivia

Old Skul Jushi obtained legendary votes on Yarona FM GOT 3/3 votes last week Sunday and blew people of on Scramble Of Africa with T Izzy, then 5/5 votes on Mojo In The Morning with Scar & Phenyo.

Old Skul Jushi? now that’s a track that could build a whole new music cult and genre. FPMG, now that’s a family that could heal Botswana’s music industry. Look out for Old skul Jushi at The Yarona Fm top 40 at 40, Saturdays Here, http://www.yaronafm.co.bw
Watch this space, and when you do, remember this post. Filed September 23TH Monday, 2013.

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A hearty thank you goes out to:
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Heineken
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United Cafe and Eleganza Store.

LONG MAY THE ASSOCIATION CONTINUE.
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Watch some of their work here:
FPMG FT JUJU BOY BECHA” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B5Sadsl_Es
fpmg ft JUJU BOY From the bottom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXrkSq8AGMA
Nomdic ft. FPMG (for the love) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z27Os6xXFVY”
Nomadic ft Motswaki Vic, Khwezi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z27Os6xXFVY

FOLLOW THE MOVEMENT:
REVERBNATION: http://www.reverbnation.com/FPMG
LIKE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fancy-Path-Music-Group-FPMG/236775853051288?directed_target_id=0″
FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER: @WEareFPMG

till next time because I got more.
kissed by the sun twice.
The Khoi-fro.
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