Thursday, August 28

Oswald Boateng the fashion inspiration for man

Hi guys, read about this guy Ozwald Boateng and get inspired!

Ozwald Boateng

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Ozwald Boateng is widely credited with introducing Savile Row tailoring to a new generation. He was the first tailor to stage a catwalk show in Paris. Among Boateng's many clients we find Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, Keanu Reeves and Mick Jagger.

While studying computing at Southwark College, he was introduced to cutting and designing clothes by his girlfriend at the time. Using his mother's old sewing machine, he started designing and selling clothes to his fellow students. At sixteen he sold his first collection to a menswear shop in Covent Garden, and by the time he was twenty-three he had set himself up full time in business.

Keen to learn the best of traditional tailoring, he would find out who best stitched buttonholes, who set sleeves the best way, who made the best linings and so on, at the same time developing his own style and look.

Ozwald sees himself as more than a tailor, and more than a designer, so he coined the term 'bespoke couturier'. He was the first Savile Row designer to open an American store when he opens his Madison Avenue boutique.

Check out some of his designs as he worked with Givenchy

Wednesday, August 27

Summer holiday over!

Hi guys, I am now back!

Firstly I would like to say:
"Thanks for the emails, from all of you who were wondering where I was and how I was doing, these past few weeks..."
I was first of all in Enköping a town north of Stockholm at the summer house. After wards, I went further up to Dalarna and it was absolutely fantastic a holiday well needed.

I have now revived my energy and after these summer holidays it feels like a new period is starting, you know it´s like a new year! Besides enjoying the sun, I watched a lot of tv (cartoons) hahhahahahhaha, read a book Snabba Cash in swedish , swam at the summer house it´s near the sea, I read another book that I highly recommend to everyone Eat, shoots and leaves and lastly I gained at least 5 kg from all the good food I ate.

Unfortunately, while I was sorting the pictures on my camera, I somehow erased all the pictures . Typical right! All the same I am back and check this video out, one the videos, I watched... LOVE IT!

Silly Symphony 'Symphony In Slang' - More amazing videos are a click away

Friday, August 15

Keeping you updated!

Hi guys, sorry once again for the bad update. However like I have said , I am on my summer holiday. I have not had access to the computer since I have been to the countryside... All the same we have a TV there and I have been following the Olympics...Read this story and tell me what you think!

Swedish Ara Abrahamian throws his bronze medal in protest

Abrahamian threw down his 84kg greco-roman bronze in disgust after his shot at gold was ended by a decision denounced by the Swedish coach as "politics".

Abrahamian took the medal from around his neck during the medal ceremony, stepped from the podium and dropped it in the middle of the mat before storming off.

The Swedish wrestler had to be restrained by team-mates earlier as a row erupted with judges over the decision in a semi-final bout with Andrea Minguzzi of Italy, who went on to the take gold.

Abrhamian, who won silver at the Athens 2004 Games, shouted at the referee, then went over to confront judges, angrily throwing off the restraining arm of a team official.

Swedish fans booed loudly as the judges filed out of the arena. Abrahamian said nothing to waiting reporters but whacked an aluminium barricade with his fist as he left the hall.

"It's all politics," said Swedish coach Leo Myllari.

Myllari did not say if he intended to lodge a formal protest over the decision by referee Jean-Marc Petoud of Switzerland, judge Lee Ronald Mackay of Canada, and mat chairman Guillermo Orestes Molina of Cuba.

Other favourites went out in the semi-finals or earlier. Athens 96kg gold medallist Karam Gaber of Egypt failed to make it to the quarter-finals. Aleksey Mishin of Russia, who took Athens gold in the 84kg class, was beaten by Minguzzi.

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Sunday, August 10

2 medals to Africa so far in the Olympics

Hi guys!

I don´t know if I have mentioned this to you guys before but I love sports. However, I must say it´s thanks to my big brother, who introduced me to the world of Sports. First it was football, then tennis and afterwards he showed all about cricket and rugby. I remember how we used to sit every Saturday afternoon and watch English Premier League, those were the days. I remember too when in mid-June how we also watched Wimbledon. We loved it! It was so much fun!

The interest is still there for sports and I tell you it was a sport fun fare this summer. As you all know, there was the European Championships (Football) which were quite fun, even though, I personally think that Sweden was big disappointment.
Now it´s the Olympics though and some positive news so far. OH, what a start for Africa! Zimbabwe currently leading the ranks for Africa with 1 silver medal and Algeria with 1 bronze medal. Well done to the girls, so far!

Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe takes silver as she finished second at 4:29.89 minutes while Austarilan Rice had winning time of 4:29.45 and third place was American Katie Hoff who finished at 4:31.71.

China's Xian Dongmei won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 52kg judo today Sunday the 10th. North Korea's An Kum Ae won the silver. Japan's Misato Nakamura and Algeria's Soraya Haddad won bronze.

Enjoy the Olympics!

Friday, August 8

Channel O 2008 voting has begun

Hi guys!

The nominations for Channel O music video awards are out and you can now vote for your favorite. The voting will continue until the 24th of September. You can vote using the following methods sms your favorite video to (+27839208400) or visit this link below The Channel O MVAs

The nominees are:

Best Male Video
Ikechukwu – Wind em well (NIG)
Prokid – Bampa (SA)
HHP – Music & Lights (SA)
Blac – Kwa Masela (TAN)
Simba – Lovely Day (MOZ)

Best Female Video
Lizha James – Nita Mukuma Kwini (MOZ)
Lady May – Chokola (NAM)
Becca – Sugar (GHANA)
KB – Moni Fe Re (SA)
Sasha – Adara (NIG)

Best Newcomer
IGHO – 9 Ja Boy (NIG)
Camagwini – Imvumi (SA)
Simba – Lovely Day (MOZ)
Kast – Ndono (BOTS)
Buffalo Souljah – Bubble Your Bumz (ZIM)

Best Duo or Group
Jozi – Muthaland (SA)
P Square – Do Me (NIG)
Irene and Jane – Heated Up (GHANA)
Witness ft Fid Q – Zero (TAN)
Bleksem ft Krazy Boy – How Low Can You Go
DJ Cleo – Sis Ng’hamba Nawe (SA)
Leroy – Merathe (BOTS)
DJ Vetkoek vs Mahoota – Qolo (SA)
Lady May – Chokola (NAM)
Durban’s Finest – Uyosholo Wena (SA)

Best Ragga Dancehall Video

Buffalo Souljah – Bubble Your Bumz (ZIM)
Buffalo Souljah is a Zimbabwean born musician now based in SA. He is a reggae dance hall artist who first came onto the music scene in 1996 with the group IRC. Vote for him guys!
Zeus ft Stagga – Imagination (SA)
Mapaputsi – Nangu Mapaputsi (SA)
Baba Dee – Blaze (NIG)
Ofori Amponsah – Odwo (GHANA)

Best Kwaito
Sunnyboy – Summertime (NAM)
Kabelo – Bongwana (SA)
Arthur – Sal’basalayo (SA)
Big Nuz – Ubala (SA)
The Dogg – Can You Feel It (NAM)

Best R & B Video
Danny K – Outta Control (SA)
Amani – Missing My Baby (KEN)
Loyiso – I Want You (SA) ( I love this song)

2face Idibia– True Love (NIG) This guy is so fly, it´s a battle between him and Loyiso

Gal Level – Falling In Love (NAM)

Best Hip Hop Video
KC Presh – Sengemenge (NIG)
Naeto C – U Know My P (NIG)
Prokid – Bampa (SA)
Witness ft Fid Q – Zero (TAN)
Silkour – Umsindo (SA)

Best African Southern
Freshly Ground – Pot belly (SA)
Ziqo – Vamos Embora (MOZ)
Gal Level – Falling In Love (NAM)
HHP – Music & Lights (SA)
Taygrin – 2By2 (MALAWI)

Best African West
Becca – Sugar (GHANA)
Ikechukwu – Wind em well (NIG)
Faze – Everyday (NIG)
D’Banj – Move Your Body (NIG)
M-Trill – Bounce (NIG)

Best African East
Witness ft Fid Q – Zero (TAN)
Blac – Kwa Masela (TAN)
Amani – Missing My Baby (KEN)
Azari – Oliwenge (UGA)

Video of the Year
Freshly Ground – Pot belly (SA)
P Square – Do Me (NIG)
HHP – Music & Lights (SA)
Ziqo – Vamos Embora (MOZ)
Ikechukwu – Wind em well (NIG)

Let the best video win......

Wednesday, August 6

Wedding pictures

Hi Guys!

Sorry for the bad update! I´ve had so much to do at home and with my leave that has just started. This past weekend, I was at a lovely wedding and I really had a wonderful time. Check out some of the pictures from the wedding...

Enjoy these!
Just married
The bride and groom

The bride´s maids

Just before the wedding dinner

The dinner underway and this is what we got...

The Menu

The Main Dish:
Pan fried fillet of Cod with seasonal vegetables, truffle foam and herb creamed potatoes...

Cloud berry parfait mousse with berry sauce

The Wedding Cake

Mingle time
My friend Monica in pink, The mother of the bride and I, in green...

Everything was so well arranged. I wish them all the best in their marriage and lots of love...

Friday, August 1

Weekend Special - What makes Zimbabweans Happy?

Hi guys! Do you remember some time ago, I wrote an article about World Map of Happiness. Guess what my guest author has decided to enlighten us, as to what makes Zimbabweans happy. The article is written and edited by ikereflections of zwTube.
Enjoy the article and your weekend.

Here is the answer to Africa With Style !
Four years on the trot Zimbabweans have been voted the unhappiest people on planet earth along with the Moldovans and Armenians,
according to a US-funded survey just released. You don’t have to be a computer whiz-kid to google that for yourselves do you? It was also revealed here on Africa With Style.

"I strongly suspect there is a strong correlation between peace and happiness," said Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. Duh ! Do you really need to be a grey-haired be-spectacled geek scientist to figure this out?

Anyways, how else are Zimbabweans getting laughter whilst everyone else is feeling sorry for us? Beyond the almost booming music industry or the scrappy-but-hard-to-ignore local football there is quite a few whacky ones. This list is my no means exhaustive.

Around the sprawling city townships, at the local dealership called bottle-store (they sell beer) you are sure to run into hoards of men, young and old, congregated around pool tables (or snooker), serious at play and betting the last agro-cheque (everyone is a farmer down here by the way, courtesy of the Land Reform Programme te he he he !), which is instantly but regrettably converted into opaque beer. Crude jokes are tossed from man to man, the kind of boys-will-be-boys-thing. Believe me, if you are a lady you don’t want to be within ear-shot, if you know what I mean. Such is the verve around the game, it has developed a mini-league in Harare.

Out in the country-side, the national Scud alcoholic beverage, many a drinker’s bliss, is rumoured to be pegged at one United States dollar. It will leave you out of pocket. That is assuming you have the green-pack. So, aimless youths have resorted to home-made twenty-four hour illicit brews (probably made using soap) to keep them high. Those with a bit of change to go buy half-done wine called vinho (whatever that means) which apparently is slowly but surely reaching the city-scape too. So much for health and safety.

Back in the squalid townships, it is now open secret that spirit medium-directed and inspired ceremonies, called biras, are now a thing of the nights (remember the diesel mystic called Rotina Mavhunga and her shenanigans fooling everyone all the way up the hills to the very top); a scene reminiscent of war-ravaged pre-Independence rural Zimbabwe when folk used to gather willingly or otherwise for the all night vigils so-called Pungwes. Forgive me, I just don’t know what to make of this development. You tell me.

For those that enjoy the “finer” things in life, Theatre In The Park is the place to be spurred on by the likes of Daves Guzha who has been relentless on that front. It seems to be paying off. Literally ! Long movie queues still wind at cinema houses at Avondale for those that enjoy the big screen. This past-time doesn't seem to have lost its members or lustre. I haven't been to the movies for ages though I love films for real. The Kines have long been converted into churches though.

If you belong to the ever increasing less-heeled, a walk down First Street Harare will suffice. “Entertainment” enough and to spare from open air street theatre groups featuring Aphiri, Babalasi and Marabha is a daily release. Less frequently I swear to God, I have spotted the odd upwardly mobile C.E.O enjoying the act pretending though to be chipping away at the keypad of his expensive cellular phone (mobile for you Londoners).

The street motivational speaker-cum-preacher has always had cult following on Harare’s First street and is still happening.

Many people from Zimbabwe will remember a half-dressed prankster called Simon Wasu Nazerera. That’s right. The one who walks on a single strand of metal wire suspended between ends of palm trees and takes you through his Manyika dialect-laced antiques and insults. Well, he is thirty seven now and of course still alive, has upped his game but still insists on lifting a large piece of rail-road using his jaws ! Ouch! Careful mate not to lose your teeth one day.

If you are talking transport home after all that, the Marcopolo coaches are a thing of the past. Enter the open air trucks and you are just too happy to jump onto those anyhow. They will grind and pound but believe me you will be happy to be home nonetheless. My bad, I have to rush to queue for my mealie-meal. Until next time, see ya !