AMI FAKU; SA’S HIGHEST STREAMED FEMALE ARTIST part one

AMI FAKU; SA’S HIGHEST STREAMED FEMALE ARTIST part one

There’s something so incredibly beautiful about listening to music in your own language. For me I never really deep lyrics when it comes to songs, I just listen because I vibe with the song but listening to SA soul just does something to me, I feel every single word and so much more! So it’s no surprise that I adore Ami Faku’s voice.

I first discovered Ami in June last year whilst watching an episode of Uzalo (my favourite SA soap), her song Ubuhle Bakho played as Lindiwe walked down the aisle. It was at that moment that I knew I had found my first dance song! Regardless of where my husband is from, this will be our song, forever and always. You truly have to listen to it to understand where I’m coming from! This was the first time in a very long time that a song had brought me to tears. Her voice, the lyrics, her sound, the melodies, everything about it was just breathtaking. To this day I can’t go a week without playing the song, it’s on repeat none stop. I’m probably one of the huge reasons why she’s SA’s most streamed female artist of 2019, she’s without a doubt my most played SA female artist!

 

Ms Faku has collaborated with some of SA’s biggest and greatest musicians I.e Amanda Black, Sun el Musician and Prince Kaybee just to name a few! She released her debut album in September and the more I listened to the album the more I fall in love with her, I kid you not, this woman will probably go down as one of SA’s greatest and I honestly cannot wait for her to get the global recognition she deserves. Within the first day of her album being released, it hit #1 on Apple Music, her album was #1 in physical sales of music for 4 weeks, she had 5 songs in the Top 50 of Radiomonitor Top 200 chart of 2019 and she was the ONLY newcomer on Spotify’s top 10 most streamed female artist. Imagine all of this was achieved within the space of a few months, so imagine what she could achieve In the next 5-10 years!

I had the privilege of interviewing this incredible woman on Monday and here is what she had to say;

How does it feel to be named SA’s most streamed female artist by Deezer? How did you hear the news?

“It feels great, I keep saying all of these things are a blessing because at first, I did not think that all of this was possible so I’m very happy and grateful.

I found out whilst I was alone at my place and I called to confirm because I was like there should be a mistake but thankfully it was an actual thing and there was no mistake.”

How would you describe your music in 5 words and why have you chosen these particular words?

“Modern, Soulful, Truthful, an Experience and Quality music. Every time I think about it I would say those are the elements that my music has.”

Obviously, as an artist, you take inspiration from so many things, for example; your surroundings, life experiences and other artists. How did you discover your sound, how long did it take you and what advice would you give to other artists looking to find their own sound?

“It took time because if I look back to when I was 18 I wouldn’t have done this, I was not exposed/ around people who played live instruments but I always knew that I had this deep love for instruments and soulful music but unfortunately I couldn’t – It was just this experience of doing all these other genres to actually make this decision to say, no this is the music that I really love the most. It was just experiencing and looking at the music I connect with the most – afro soul and RnB but mostly very youthful, nothing old or anything, that’s why I incorporate youthfulness in my afro soul because it’s part of what I like so it had to be part of my music and sound.

To new artists, I would say just be sure that this is the sound that you want because it’s not easy to write on, it’s not easy to create a melody on because it sort of has to compliment cause the production is always so great so it’s quite intimidating, you have to really work hard into making sure that your delivery is just as good. Make sure you know what you want, don’t do it because everyone says you should do it and stick through what you believe in and just always be you because I am me in my writing and everything about this journey. I am fully 100% myself so I would encourage them to do the same.”

Most of your songs are related to the idea of love, is this romantic love? Have you yourself ever been in love, or are you in love right now?

“My music involves platonic love as well as romantic love, because I myself am such a lover. I express love even in songs I dedicate to friends and family so It can be however you interpret it.

I was definitely in love at some point, it’s always so weird when people ask me this, I’m like no why??? but I am grateful for the experience as it helped me to create songs that people love, so I guess it was worth something in the end, I got something out of it at least, so yeah I have been in love! My experience is very limited tho, so in order to broaden my audience I always also write in other peoples perspectives and tell their stories too.”

All About Africa; Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

All About Africa; Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Attractions

Before my mother became a nurse, she was a primary school teacher in Zim and naturally she has been to all these places on school trips and she has also promised to take me since I was 5 and 14 years later I still haven’t been to any, however this year I wanna explore more of Bulawayo so I plan on going home for at least 5 weeks just to tour my city and see everything that it has to offer!

Natural History museum

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Khami Ruins

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Bulawayo Railway Museum

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National Art Gallery

National Gallery of Bulawayo

Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage

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Where to stay

Cresta Churchill Hotel

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Holiday Inn

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Where to drink

Zimbabweans are known to be big drinkers so of course, I had to recommend to you some bars to drink at! Be warned tho, Zims don’t play when it comes to alcohol, these people drink alcohol straight with just ice, they don’t know what mixers are, it’s horrendous but I kid you not, the nightlife is short of boring. My best nights out were in Bulawayo, as in nothing can compete!

Kings Head

Bulawayo Club, Zimbabwe

Cabana

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The deck

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Where to eat

I am such a foodie and when I tell you, the food not just in Bulawayo, but in Zimbabwe, in general, is the best. NO CAP! There is no other country that provides flavour as this one does, whether you go to a restaurant or take away shop, you will not be disappointed with the food, ITS THAT AMAZING

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g298091-Bulawayo_Bulawayo_Province.html

 

Brands for WOC made by WOC

Brands for WOC made by WOC

Last week in my post about how the beauty industry is still failing us I basically described how we live in a world where being “diverse” and “inclusive” has become a marketing tactic to benefit brands with more profits yet we still only make up 10% or less of the shelves but contribute billions of dollars every year to this industry. Make that make sense, please. Though inclusivity is slowly growing in the industry and it’s amazing to see but it still isn’t enough, there just isn’t enough choice.

So what better way to celebrate Black History Month than by checking out some amazing black-owned beauty brands made for black women, with these brands we’re not an afterthought, we are the brand. Some of these brands are simply making a point to include products of all shades, while others are solving skin and makeup woes specific to women of colour in innovative and exciting ways. It’s time to support a broader, more beautiful beauty industry. These black-owned beauty brands aren’t asking for a seat at the table, they’re making one.

Here are some black-owned beauty brands to buy from;

Fenty Beauty

Black Opal Beauty

Pat McGrath Labs

Uoma Beauty

KA’OIR Cosmetics

Black Up Cosmetics

Black Radiance beauty

IMAN Cosmetics

Laws of Nature Cosmetics

The Lip Bar

Beauty Bakerie

Juvia’s Place

Vera Moore Cosmetics

Gold Label Cosmetics

Coloured Raine Cosmetics

Plain Jane Beauty

Sacha Cosmetics

Iviviiv Cosmetics

AJ Crimson

MDM Flow

Danessa Myricks Beauty

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Spectrum

GloGirl Cosmetics

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When the glō up is #natural

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Lamik Beauty

Fashion Fair

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Brush and bake. Our Loose Powder is excellent for baking…your face. For a “photoshopped” look without the photoshop, apply foundation and concealer then press and roll a very liberal layer of powder on areas of your face you want to look brighter (under eyes; along the top of jawbone; down the center of nose). Let the powder “bake” for 5-10 minutes; and then lightly brush away the excess. You’ll look chiseled all day!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #fashionfaircosmetics #melaninpoppin #blackgirlmagic #fresh #blackgirlsrockit #melanin #blackownedbusiness #femaleowned #buyblack #buyblackowned #blackentrepreneur #grownsexysmart #bakeyourface #notphotoshopped #brightandbeautiful

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127 East cosmetics

Briogeo

Taliah Waajid

The Mane Choice

Rucker Roots

Mielle Organics

Base Butter

Hanahana Beauty

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a mother’s love knows no bounds✨ hey beauties, we’re kicking off our love series with our faves @teniola_o + her son Jude! get a quick glimpse of their bond with our series of questions: What has motherhood taught you about love? Motherhood has taught me how complicated love actually is. It’s taught me the difference between “like”, “love”, and even “hate”. It means something different to everyone and we can express our love in so many different ways. The way that it’s represented in music and movies is one thing, but we should all have more discussions about love, rather than assume that we all mean the same thing when we say “I love you” What is your favorite thing to do together? Jude is the king of relaxing. We love to hang out at home and watch a movie, read a book, make dinner or just listen to music. We love to be out in the summer months, too. We’ll meet up with our friends and head to the Farmer’s Market or to the park for fresh air and sunshine. What is your favorite thing about your mom? Aside from being supportive in all that I do, I love my Mom’s style and attention to detail. She has a fabrics business that is pretty successful and she is constantly keeping up with trends and modeling styles. It isn’t uncommon for her to send me a text with dress styles, or a bag that she sees online and say “I’m getting this for you”. She’s so loving for her to make sure that I look and feel great. How is shea used in your home? I love multi-use products so shea is a favorite in our house. We use shea when we get out of the shower, in the morning before school and work, to moisturize around cuts and scars and in our hair. We regularly smell like the Vanilla Lavender Whipped Shea scent because we use it each and everyday!

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Epara Skincare

Buttah Skincare

Aba Love Apothecary

Mented Cosmetics

Oui The People

Rosen Skincare

Kayaire

Ayele & Co

Alikay Naturals

Mielle Organics

Fortify’d Naturals

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When you can achieve True Hydration for your hair and your kids hair, no matter what hair texture you have; using The Same products=WINNING‼ @fortifydnaturals products don't just rest on the strand, they literally melt deep down into the strand giving you Long Lasting Hydration without weighing your hair down and with no build up! The best part is that a little goes a very long way because there nothing worse than going through a product in only a few uses! ✔Strand Penetrating Hydration ✔Buildup Free Formulas ✔Vegan Certified ✔All Natural ✔Nutrient Rich ✔Combats Hard Water ✔Made Fresh Daily ✔Safe for All Ages The Days of Suffering with Dry Hair are Over! ? Shop @fortifydnaturals Hydrating Products using the direct link in the bio! www.fortifydnaturals.com

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Urban Hydration

Prime Beauty

BLK+GRN

Black Girl Sunscreen

Marena Beaute

Foxie Cosmetics

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I smile doing my Foxie skin routine, too! ?

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Pholk beauty

Form Beauty

Lauren Napier Beauty

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SKIN GOALS ???

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KNC Beauty

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Plant Apothecary

The Honey Pot

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Skimdo

Bekura Beauty

Nyakio

 

 

All About Africa; Kimberly, South Africa

All About Africa; Kimberly, South Africa

Kimberley, South Africa, is home to the world’s largest diamond mine, also known as the “Big Hole.” Dug by humans and so large it is visible from space, the pit has yielded some of the world’s largest diamonds and made the De Beers name famous worldwide. Kimberley is the diamond-mining centre, and capital of Northern Cape province, South Africa. It lies near the Free State province border.

A little history lesson; Founded after the discovery of diamonds on farms in the area in 1869–71, the mining camp of Kimberley grew as a result of the intensive digging of the diamond-bearing pipe at the hill called Colesberg Koppie. The camp was named after John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, who was then British colonial secretary. The town of Kimberley was created in 1878 and incorporated into the Cape Colony in 1880.

Kimberley’s gardens and squares are dotted with memorials, including an equestrian statue of Rhodes. Important collections of Khoisan artefacts are in the Alexander McGregor Memorial Museum, and the Duggan-Cronin Bantu Gallery contains early 20th-century photographs of African miners. The city also has Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals.

Where to stay;

Kimberley Anne Hotel

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Kimberley

A restaurant or other place to eat at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kimberley

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Things to do;

https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/northerncape/bysuburb/kimberley/

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/kimberley/top-things-to-do/a/poi/1001264

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g312643-Activities-Kimberley_Northern_Cape.html

 

All About Africa; Mbombela, South Africa

All About Africa; Mbombela, South Africa

Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit (Nelspruit, which means literally Nels stream) is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. It’s a gateway to Kruger National Park, home to elephants, zebras, rhinos and other wildlife. The city’s Lowveld National Botanical Garden even features a man-made rainforest. Northwest are the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, with unusual rock formations. South, Umhloti Nature Reserve contains the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden sanctuary.ue to its proximity to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Other than the Kruger National Park, there are also many tourist attractions within easy driving distance, such as Sudwala Caves, Bourke’s Luck potholes, Kruger Park, Panorama Route, Kaapschehoop, Pilgrim’s Rest, Long Tom Pass, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation CentreWhether or not you’re an adrenaline junkie the list of things to do in this city is endless!

Where to stay

Leaves Lodge and Spa 

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Belgrace Boutique Hotel

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What to do

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g312633-Activities-Nelspruit_Mpumalanga.html

https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/mpumalanga/bysuburb/nelspruit/

https://www.inspirock.com/south-africa/things-to-do-in-nelspruit

10 things to do in and around Nelspruit

 

All About Africa; Knysna, South Africa

All About Africa; Knysna, South Africa

The charming town of Knysna (pronounced ny-znah) lies in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. Never in this life would you ever think that this beautiful town is located in South Africa because I mean look at how clear that water is!! Not to mention, Knysna is a natural paradise of, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, it is South Africas very own Garden of Eden. The town nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon that is now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary Knysna seahorse and over 200 species of fish. It may be small but there is an endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor adventure. Fun Fact – Knysna, Formerly the centre of the timber industry, supplying yellowwood and stinkwood for railway lines, shipping and house-building, it still has several shops specialising in woodwork and traditional furniture.

Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort

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A beach at or near the resort

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A restaurant or other place to eat at Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort

Lookout Lodge

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Things to do

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g312664-Activities-Knysna_Western_Cape.html

Where to eat

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/knysna/restaurants/a/poi-eat/1315312

 

 

All About Africa; Sandton, South Africa

All About Africa; Sandton, South Africa

I am such a wimp so when it comes to South Africa, one place I can never stay in is central Johannesburg, especially in light of everything that has been happening in the press involving South Africa! Imagine my small self – a Zimbabwean girl who grew up in the U.K. staying in central Joburg AKA a disaster waiting to happen. That is why Sandton is the solution and more of my scene, it is an affluent area situated in the Johannesburg Municipality. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. Sandton is a popular area for visitors to stay in when exploring Johannesburg and its surrounding attractions.

Where to stay

 Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

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Sandton Sun

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The Michelangelo Hotel

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What to do and where to go

  • The Apartheid museum – If you ask me this is a must if you are visiting Johannesburg. By going here you will receive an insight into 20th century South Africa along with the history of the country and the key individuals which helped to bring apartheid to an end. Visitors are randomly classified as “white” or “non-white,” and their ensuing experience through the exhibits reflects their assigned race.

  • Montecasino – The premiere entertainment destination in Gauteng offers the best of the best for people coming in out of town.
  • SAB World of Beer –  Voted Johannesburg’s number one tourist attraction twice. Here you will discover the rich history of beer, and uncover the important role it has played culturally, socially and economically over time.
  • Johannesburg Art Gallery – Love art and history? Why not visit JAG, it is home to an impressive historical art collection and houses one of the biggest art collections in the country.
  • Go shopping in Sandton City, the biggest shopping mall in Johannesburg and one of the biggest in Africa which holds hundreds of top high street and designer stores! 
  • On Sunday why not spend the day at the Fourways Farmers’ Market located directly opposite the large Montecasino entertainment complex. There is plenty of opportunities to buy handmade chocolates as well as ice creams and other sweet treats, and if you are looking for gifts there are a number of cute craft stalls. There is a lot of space for kids to run around and for the grown-ups, there’s a wine and craft beer bar where you can enjoy performances by local folk singers.
  • Visit The Cradle of Humankind – one of South Africa’s eight world heritage sites and the only one in Gauteng and take a hot air balloon ride across the entire site to see it in all its glory.
  • If you love good food and an intimate shopping experience then you’ll enjoy Parkhurst’s buzzing village atmosphere. Take a cab or catch the Gautrain to nearby Rosebank, within walking distance of the suburb.
  • Most people come to Africa to go on a luxury safari trip of their dreams so why not go to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a range of wild animals in their natural habitat.
  • With so much to do an see in the Magaliesburg, it would be a shame to miss out on it
All about Africa; Franschhoek

All about Africa; Franschhoek

It’s been MONTHS since I last did an All About Africa post, lord have I missed this series. Franschhoek AKA the french corner of the Cape is a town located in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world – it is in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. This is the home of amazing food and wine in South Africa – they don’t call Western Cape the Italy of Africa for nothing. At Franschhoek, you’ll experience the most splendid wines as you take in the breathtaking scenery, top chefs creating international world-class cuisine –  8 of the top 100 restaurants in the country are found in Franschhoek, there are over 28 restaurants to choose for your gastronomic experience! Last but not least you will create the most unforgettable memories here whether you’re by yourself or your loved ones!

Where to Stay

Virgil Abloh is the new Artistic director of Menswear at Louis Vuitton!

Virgil Abloh is the new Artistic director of Menswear at Louis Vuitton!

This is not a drill! An African- American man is now the artistic director of one of the worlds biggest most iconic  brands of all time. Virgil Abloh is the first black designer to hold such a high profile position at Louis Vuitton. I know I’m a little late in posting this but I couldn’t not blog about it. This is a moment in fashion history that I will never forget. This is a huge accomplishment, considering how underrepresented black names are in the luxury European world of fashion. Everyday we are seeing noticeable changes towards a more ethnically diverse industry and I couldn’t be happier and more proud to witness these changes. I feel as though moments like these give the next generation of black fashion enthusiasts hope that they too can make an impact in the industry and put a stamp on their name.

Mr Abloh will continue with Off White after taking up his position at Louis Vuitton, however Abloh will solely focus on the  design of menswear for the luxury fashion house. HIs first collection for Louis Vuitton men’s will debut at Paris Fashion Week this June and I am so excited to see what he’s going to bring to the table. I have so many questions about his first collection; how will it differ from Kim Jones’ last collection? How much of an influence will streetwear and pop culture have on the collection? Who is going to be his muse behind the collection? What kind of vibe is going to be? Most importantly am I going to like the collection? And is it going to be bigger than Louis Vuittons collaboration with Supreme – one of the most talked about collaboration of all time?

“Virgil is one of the few designers who truly marries street culture with high fashion – and the first black designer to be given such a position in the gilded halls of LVMH. His appointment is a step in the right direction for diversity.” Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief at British Vogue, said on the magazine’s website.

Since launching Off- White in 2013, Virgil Abloh’s has only gone from strength to strength and become known for his artistic fusion of streetwear and high fashion! Abloh’s appointment represents a new wave in fashion and demonstrates that the industry is now taking streetwear seriously. Over the last couple of years many luxury brands have began targeting the streetwear scene as it has managed to go from a niche interest to something mainstream. Everyone is now into streetwear – it’s no longer just something worn by the ‘cool kids’ or the RnB wannabes, It’s taking over the fashion world! Style is evolving and people are slowly turning away from the traditional norms of fashion and it’s all thanks to the new generation of consumers – the millenniums. This  is why I believe Louis Vuitton made the right decision by appointing Virgil Abloh because he is one of the people behind this new wave of streetwear – he is known for his cutting edge ideas and over the years he has produced some of the greatest collaborations fashion has ever seen, my favourites being his collaborations with jimmy Choo and nike. He is the most relevant designer for this role right now!

As well as being appointed the new Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Virgil has been named one of 2018’s most influential people by ‘TIME’. This is the year of Virgil Abloh! We’ve most certainly haven’t seen the last of him this year.

“I feel elated,” Abloh told the Times. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”

 

Takashi Murakami on Virgil Abloh:

“Kids’ fervor for the stripe patterns and arrow marks he created for his fashion label, Off-White™, is not a passing trend; rather, it shows how Virgil’s young followers, with their unclouded eyes, have been seeing right into the core of his creativity all along. With his appointment as artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear, his full merit will be understood even more widely around the globe.”