Wame Nunu Matlhare has a different definition of beauty, and it is that of both feeling good inside and outside. The wife and mother of two runs a very small but cosy private salon offering professional beauty services. Talking about why she chose to operate at her luxurious house in the quiet neighbourhood of Broadhurst, Matlhare says that she wanted to avoid the busy environment of the malls.
“I want to concentrate on offering a tranquil experience with personal touch,” she says with a smile. The beauty spa offers ‘peal and heal’ treatments, facials, hand and foot care, body relief treatments which involve distress massage, full body, aromatherapy, hot stone, Indian head and foot massages.
They also do waxing and tinting, ranging from eyebrow, lip, underarm, bikini, head and full arm and back waxing. Matlhare, who works with two other beauticians, graduated from South Africa and worked for Tranquil Wellness for five years. She left in 2007 and went on her own. “I grew up liking beauty and making people look beautiful,” she says.
Wame’s offers RegimeA skin treatments-a unique skin rejuvenation and treatment range manufactured for the use of doctors and skin professionals. She is proud of her work, as a certified RegimeA therapist. “I always attend their annual training events to get the latest knowledge of the products and their use. I use them in the treatments and sell the retail line,” she says, of the finest potent natural ingredients from Europe, South Africa and other tropical regions.
She is also into Bio Sculpture and uses their gel - the leading colour gel in the market and an exceptionally durable gel treatment that nurtures the nail bed allowing it to look immaculate. “It is a healthy nail system that will not chip or damage your nails, protecting and strengthening the natural nail in the process,” she says.
What also sets Wame’s apart is that while she serves groups and individuals, she also spoils them with a meal or a banana loaf cake and juice after offering them a warm bath. It has become a norm for corporates and groups of friends to visit her spa for therapy. “My job is to make you comfortable and relax.
Therapy alone soothes,” she says. Her plan is to take her spa to her farm in the vicinity of Gaborone, and turn it into a health centre.
Kwaito is more than a music genre. It is a sub-culture that has had an impact on many black people in Southern Africa and beyond. Kwaito is a lifestyle, music genre and a stamp of black people’s transitional urban evolution. It is also one of the genres that blacks can exclusively refer to as their own.
In the book, Born to Kwaito, the authors, Esinako Ndabeni and Esinako Ndabeni unpack the impact of the kwaito culture, and merge academic theories of music, culture and lifestyle, and journalistic excellence in a captivating manner.The collection of essays tackles the relevance of kwaito as a sub-culture and interrogates its artistic autonomy, the politics of language and explores what kwaito reflected in transitioning African societies.
This past Saturday at the inaugral Gaborone Book Festival, I facilitated a book discussion featuring motivational speaker Kgomotso Jongman, sports journalist Bogani Malunga and Ndabeni.Before the session I asked to meet Ndabeni (I wanted her to autograph my copy).
Her publisher Thabiso Matlhape pointed to a petite fair skinned young woman who was dragging on a cigarette in a corner and said: “That’s her...” Ndabeni wore a brown leopard print bucket cap, summer top, three-quarter pallazo pants and yellow block heels. We hit it off like a house on fire.Our discussions went on during the panel engagement as I asked questions that the attentive audience and anyone else interested in popular culture and kwaito would want to hear her learned views on.
Kwaito and self-identity
Like many of my contemporaries, I was exposed to books and music from a very young age. Music to me is life and while I have electic tastes in music, my tastes lean more towards kwaito, house and hip-hop and its variations. Born in the late 80s, I was raised at a time when Africa was going through the transitional phase of the 90s, marked by the changes happening in South Africa. Urban culture made its mark. We were proud to be black and rooted.
Black consciousness was the new religion and there was self-awareness around being African and black in the modern world. I have come across many black people who want to disassociate from black culture and associate being “advanced” with seeming and sounding white, and having interests that correlate with the West.
This inferiority complex and identiy crisis are strongly deep-seated and it is always tragic to observe how some black people loathe their blackness. Ndabeni says that this is because historically, blacks went through colonialism and were taught to dislike themselves. “Kwaito challenged that and brought a sense of freedom and unique self idenity.”
Re-defining the kwaito narrative
Kwaito has always been controversial. The beats are loud, the lyrics repetitive and carefree but the subculture has always been associated with sex and promiscuity, alcohol and drug abuse, crime, delinquency, gross materialism and other anti-social behaviour. Ndabeni concedes that this is the case but points out that there were positives as kwaito reflected a beacon of hope and freedom, and was a form of not only escapism but also storytelling.
“The artistes could regale their experiences and lives with a beat in the background. It is no wonder that kwaito has for long existed side by side with hip-hop, particularly motswako.”
Kwaito and the women’s movement
Ndabeni says that women in kwaito played a major role in advancing women’s liberation. “These women were not confined to kitchens and bedrooms: they took their loves and passions outside. Women in music were treated badly but they defied the odds and made good music.
They challenged stereotypes, pushed boundaries and broke beyond the proverbial glass ceiling. They owned their sexuality and identity. Women such as Lebo Mathosa and Brenda Fassie were different and considered “bad girls” but they inspired other women positively. They were a part of new phase of beckoning for African women.
Kwaito will never die
It is often said that kwaito is dead. Ndabeni refutes this passionately. “How can a people’s culture die?” Those who think kwaito is dead never understood kwaito to begin with. In musical terms, when you look at your gqom and house, they all derive from kwaito.
So kwaito is the root of the variations of our urban music.”
Organisers of the Colours of Sound event have promised revellers a one of a kind event that will make history in the local entertainment scene. Dubbed Rise up with Spirit of Praise, the event is pencilled for November 10th at the UB Indoor Sports Arena.
The not to miss do will feature South Africa’s Spirit of Praise ensemble led by Pastor Benjamin Dube. Spirit of Praise comprises some of the talented artistes that include Dube himself, Vicky Vilakazi, Zanele Mokhethi, Neyi Zumu, Papane Bulwane, Tshepiso, Joey Mofokeng, Dumi Mkokstad and Omega Khunou not forgetting the Dube brothers.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday that was graced by Dube and his manager, event director, Massie Hule put the show’s budget at around P1.5 million, adding the event will break barriers and will be the best of everything.
As for the organisation of the event, they have picked a great venue which has a huge capacity and brings with it a number of possibilities with regards to lighting, set-up and other aspects that make up a world class production. “We are spending nothing below P1.5 million. We are confident that we will blow you away,” he said. This will be a strictly gospel event and there is no alcohol
In a few days Botswana will be celebrating her 52nd independence holiday and everyone is now full-on into the short holiday preparations right now, a time when people often find it difficult to stick to their fitness goals and find the time to exercise.
When you’ve had a hard day at work busy preparing for holidays and the gym seems like a chore, there’s one activity which will make you feel relaxed, elated and seriously fit during the holidays
Pilate’s single leg stretch
Single leg stretch is all about learning to move from centre. It trains the abdominals to initiate movement, and to support and stabilise the trunk as the arms and legs are in motion. Many people find it especially helpful in targeting the lower abs. There is an element of coordination to this exercise as well.
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your shins parallel to the floor. This is tabletop position for the legs. Take a few moments to breathe deeply into the back and lower abs. See Sequential Breathing for more on working with the breath.
Pull your abs in, taking your bellybutton down toward your spine, as you curl your head and shoulders up to the tips of the shoulder blades. As you curl up, your left leg extends at a 45-degree angle. The right leg remains in tabletop position with the right hand grasping the right ankle and the left hand moving to the right knee. You will maintain your upper-body curve throughout the exercise.
Be sure to keep your shoulders relaxed and your abdominals deeply scooped.
Switch legs on a two-part inhale. Bring air in as the left knee comes in, and bring more air in as you gently pulse that knee toward you. Now the left hand is at the left ankle and the right hand at the left knee.
Switch legs. Bring the right leg in with a two-part exhale/pulse and extend the left leg. The hand to leg coordination continues with the outside hand of the bent leg going to the ankle and the other hand moving to the inside of the knee.
Switch legs up to 10 times. Release the exercise if you are finding tension in your shoulders and neck or if your lower back is taking the strain.
Please note that ,learning Pilates from other than a real live instructor is not easy and does carry some slight risks ,you should in addition to the routines I will share with you advise you to attend a Pilates class with a certified Pilates instructor and don’t hesitate to visit your doctor for clearance before you start Pilates class..