A fast fact about our country that almost all South Africans are familiar with is that there are 11 official languages – a mirror of the variety of cultures that our people represent. Amongst the lesser known cultures, for me at least, is that of Tsonga. I don’t think I’ve met a Tsonga person as yet, except for recently and in a virtual setting – … Continue reading Did you know: Tsonga rap, Sho Madjozi or Huku?
(I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that) I didn’t know much about Winnie Mandela, besides the fact that she was married to our first black president and world-renowned struggle activist, Mr. Nelson Mandela. She passed away two weeks ago and little by little, I am discovering more about this iconic example of what it is to be human. The kind of human that inspires greatness … Continue reading Dare to say, IamWinnieMandela
“She is the leader of the past which is now the future” – Hugh Masekela on Thandiswa Mazwai My very first article posted on offthetar.com was titled “What defines a trendsetter?” and Thandiswa Mazwai was someone I referred to as an example of one. This view remains unchanged and especially more so since I attended her birthday concert – King Tha Day. This event was … Continue reading Style Report: KingThaDay with Thandiswa Mazwai
Last year I attended the Faku’gesi Beats Bloc Party in Braam’ and was awe-struck by two guys who wore a look emulating Raiden – a character from the video game Mortal Kombat. I loved how they incorporated the traditional Sotho hat into their ensemble and the addition of a mask made of patterned fabric. I could not resist recreating this otherworldly, “Japanese-esque” look! Raiden is … Continue reading Black Panther’s got me outchea drippin’ in finesse…
When someone is passionate about something, they’re driven to explore a range of different options in the said area that they share a love for. As an example, a chef loves to experiment with different flavours and new combinations and the same can be said for a musician (who’d likely listen to and find inspiration in varied genres) and even a scientist will test a … Continue reading The struggle of getting dressed without a F-L mirror…
Scroll through the Instagram feed of Sarah Langa and you’re sure to do a whole lot of double-tapping and think of the words sophisticated, sexy, stylish. Here are seven of my favourite looks from the South African fashion blogger Sarah Langa Pink and black is a great colour palette to wear in Autumn, as shown here. I love the way the shade of pink blends … Continue reading Favourite looks from Sarah Langa
I was recently asked to cover a charity fashion show and whilst doing research in preparation, I came across a really good example of branding that works: Row-G Menswear. Any business is likely to succeed by focusing on two simple aspects namely 1) knowing the customer and 2) knowing what problem needs solving for the customer. This is true regardless of the industry and/or size of … Continue reading Branding that works: Row-G Menswear