Archive | November, 2011

Asked & Answered : Michelle Ngaa Chikazunga

23 Nov

Michelle is really one of the most charming reads I have ever come across at Exclusive Books, as in that is where we first met and she began intriguing me… I call that a read. She long promised me a story or two, but due to her cautious nature I am still waiting. But I did the next best thing, I got her to answer a a few queries instead… So she is not only totally hot, she is also studying something totally unsexy, economics. So anyway when young Michelle is done with school, the catwalk’s loss will be the boardroom’s gain. I’ll wager it will become a very popular boardroom… here she is.

Right! Michelle… Pray tell… where do you come from… and are there more like you there?LOL @ “more like you there”! Have you seen my sister? I come from good stock ;)!!! I come from Zimbabwe, where HUMANS just like me, with arms and legs, roam the streets freely!!

What does your second name Ngaa mean, and were you told the story behind it? Ngaa… short for Ngaatendwe, is Shona, it means let her/he be thanked. my dad (who named all my siblings) told me that he was quite chuffed at having me come into the world and was thanking my mama and God

Enlighten us on what it is you do… besides gracing cat walks in African countries? When I’m not taking “short walks” with a full face of make up and beautiful garments in front of cameras….. I am studying hard to get my Economics degree.

Recently you were snapped at the Swahili Fashion Week how did you manage to get that opportunity? Being able to participate in Swahili Fashion Week was quite an honour for me. Think the opportunity was afforded to me and Julia mostly because of having been in Colour in the Desert Fashion Week that took place earlier this year. Mustafa Hassanali (designer and creator/founder of Swahili FW) showcased there and Jan Malan and his team were in charge of production for both shows. So with Mpho Kuaho’s blessing, Mustafa’s invitation and inclusion into the show by Jan Malan we ended up there. 🙂

Cape Town, yes we all love her, you did the jazz in high style but tell the truth about Youssou N’Dour… was he really worth the wait? Mr Youssou N’Dour…… his performance, for me, was the perfect way to end the Jazz fest. His dancers and back up singers, all in flowing white robes….I have no words. Its always great to see an artist perform live. It separates the real legends from the flukes. Think just about anyone can sound good in studio… but its takes something really special to get on stage, “vibe” with your band and transport your audience to another place. I was taken in!! The James Brown comparisons are not accidental!!!! So glad I got to be surrounded by that energy and see him perform live. I bow to his amazing talent! He is in a musical league of his own! So so worth the wait!

Which is your favourite African destination? Given the opportunity, I want to explore Nigeria sometime soon. There is something about the music and the people that is calling me…

Now back to the books, which book best represents you… and why? I read a lot… but I don’t think I’m yet to read a book that “best represents me.” If I had a gun to my head, I’d say “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. Is there a better story of the underdog coming out on top? Not that I’m an “underdog,” but it just speaks to me about bravery and perseverance. I just liked the book!! It spoke to me when I read it.

Which book do you wish you had written? There are so many books I wish I had written. A lot of them probably to do with the vivid pictures painted by the words. Was completely engrossed when I read “The Rice Mother” by Rani Manika because each word she used helped me see it all so clearly in my mind. Loved “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseni because of how it pulled at heart strings. Love how words paint a picture or create emotion so intense, one actually feels like the whole story is unfolding right before them.

How many books do you own? How many books do I own?? This goes out to everyone who has been treating my house like a public library….I WANT MY BOOKS BACK! I’ve lost count. My mama was a teacher, reading was just something that was done. She loved books and guess I inherited that love from her. I’d go hungry to buy books…that’s probably why I’m a little on the skinny side of things!!!

That’s enough beating about the bush, what are you really up to… cause we have noticed that there is a definite method to the madness? “Method to the madness”?? I wish!! I’m young, its a big world, would like to explore as much of it as I possibly can! I’m generally a curious person so want to do/everything at least once. I’m quite lucky because the people around me support me. The modelling thing is fun. Love the people I’ve met because of modelling and the world its opened me up to. Want to finish school. Am enjoying what I’m studying, hopefully, I’ll enjoy the work that comes with it even more.

Last shot, where would you take the number one citizen on a date, and what would y’all eat? If I had the pleasure of taking the first citizen on a date….think I’d go kick it with him at Pop Inn for “ma-fresh” . Why…. the food is cheap and good… and probably because we’d have spent money on books that we’d spend the afternoon discussing. Sounds like the perfect date already…

Photographer / SDR Photo & Rosiah Marie

Tea is the way Forward

22 Nov

Tea has gained a reputation that outstrips its caffeine packed colonial origins. We now have iced tea – really cold tea, Red Cappuccinos – made from Roibos tea, tea treatments at spas – rubbing tea into your face, High Teas – to show off really impractical hats, The Boston Tea Party – A toyi toyi against Taxes that went overboard and… ummm tea tree oil…? OK, O I admit I was stretching it there a little.

There is a sweet looking entrant to the tea stakes, the High Socie -Tea. The first one goes down in Jozi and is brought you by the good folks at BF Lifestyles. Let me tell you why you are going to attend this little shindig… and just because its in Jozi doesn’t quite cut it. Though the focus will be on media and lifestyle related professionals you will get to meet like minded individuals who may just be the friends you didn’t know you could have. You will get to wear those fantastic clothes you have been itching to wear at a nice day time function not another sweaty affair at the GICC. Lepang Ferguson will be hosting the event along with singer Nothende and Model/Businesswoman Precious Makgaretsa.

But you know what, yes it does rock somewhat that the shindig will be in Jozi. I mean it will be Saturday night after all and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to what to do with your new found friends later in the evening.

Dijo tsa Teng

22 Nov

Joseph Seeletso is like the scarlet pimpernel of the Botswana culinary scene. You might see him whipping up a biltong and sumthin sumthin starter served in a champagne glass at the Gabs Fashion Night one moment then the next thing find him on CNN selling Poland (which he does in Polish if he so wishes)… so like why is this man not featuring locally on a more regular basis?

I’ll tell you where to find him this Saturday (23rd November) Phakalane right here in GC. Go on say thank you and bring it on, it’s a one night only affair so don’t sleep on this opportunity to see why we can’t keep talent like this within our borders. While you are in Phakalane, you can also make time to see why family businesses actually do rock.

Don’t hate, participate.

Asked & Answered: GaTsh Fros

21 Nov

This one is going to be a marathon. I once got it into my head to feature these two fashion stoned ladies for a magazine article on something called contemporary culture. Don’t ask me what it is, I once asked someone for their definition the answer was eloquent and oh so right , I would have loved to write it here word for word, but my daughter in a very contemporary culture gesture flushed my phone with the message saved in it. And so began my secret love affair with their sometimes jarring but never boring marathon eruptions on the subject of fashion. I promised them a date to a regional Fashion Week one day, and it shall be done even if is only so the Monsieur can bask in their spotlight for a night or two… it does wonders for the ego’s tan. Well then, Gaone and Tsholo… GaTsh Fros… settle in and geTsh some.

Right ho! Ladies, what do you do for GaTsh?
Ga: We translate fashion based on our inner creativity. Through this we promote our own fashion styles which we term “GaTsh”… MIX and MISS. Yes we have inspirations, but an inspiration can only do as much “inspire”.

Tsh: That’s a good question… well on my part, I’ll talk about GaTsh any day, with any and everyone, till the social networks run outta business, till the second coming of Jesus Christ. We plan, inspire, innovate, advocate, encourage life principles through fashion. As GaTsh, we get our voices out there. We organises your Life. When I struggle with words, GaTsh gives me a voice, I speak fluent gestures through GaTsh.

What does GaTsh do for us?
Ga: Our job is to transform you into a person you would like to look at every minute of every day simple because you love how you look. Look forward to opening you closet and choosing an outfit that you would look good on. We crave the challenge to be faced with opportunity to style an ordinary person who is into fashion but does not have an idea on what would look good on them and what wouldn’t. GaTsh Fros provides outsourced style consulting and personal shopping services and update individual/company looks.
We DO NOT style based on what we define our fashion as (mix and miss), we style according to what the client prefers based on their occupation, body shape etc and translate that to a better fitted look for you. But if you want to go GaTsh, then let the transformation begin!!

Tsh: GaTsh, is here to inspire you to think beyond the box of ‘what is’ to ‘what can be’ .To encourage you to look beyond the limitations of ‘other’ created rules and follow your own vibe…wear what makes you feel good about yourself…we are here to open your mind, kick the rules out of the window and help you follow your heart and your own sensibility. Forget what Glamour says and frankly if being a ‘don’t’ is the only way that makes you feel good then by all means GO FOR IT! Don’t worry about the whispers and the finger pointing. As long as you are expressing your own self and not merely trying to replicate the selves others created, you win. GaTsh is your voice of reason, you shouldn’t have to dress safe just so you can blend in and avoid people staring. We advocate for confidence. ‘Regular’ and ‘safe’ are opinions and you don’t have to agree if you don’t share them. But remember. You don’t have to be bold if that’s not you. GaTsh is here for you. GaTsh is, your guardian gods of fashion.

If there was no GaTsh… lets rephrase, what would you be doing if you weren’t into fashion?
Ga: GaTsh is here now, later and beyond time, but if I was not into fashion the next best things would have been interior designing and a new found love is cooking. I’d probably be exploring my chef skills. Best thing has to be experimenting on a new dish and garnishing the food. These two come close to how I would like to spend most of my energy if I wasn’t into fashion because they both have an element of creativity.

Tsh: I’D BE a god of gesture, a god of swift movement as in, a choreographer. I’d be somewhere around the world touring with Janet Jackson as her choreographer or choreographer of this year’s season of “So you think you can dance”. I am a very artistic soul.

So Fashion… what is it?
Ga: Fashion is only a guide to what lies beneath your style sense. Fashion and its trends come and go with every page turned.

Tsh: Fashion is WHAT money can buy. Fashion is the science of appearances. Fashion is what’s in. FASHION is expensive. I always say, a lot of people who are fashionable think they are stylish. Same way that a lot of people think money can buy u style-misappropriation of terms. HUGE DIFFERENCE. GET IT RIGHT

Is there such a thing in Botswana?
Ga: Is there fashion in our motherland!! Mmh, I would say we are getting there a slow pace but gotla siama.

Tsh: Yes, there is fashion in Botswana. It’s semi-conscious. Batswana now know what’s trending and what’s in. They know the science, it looks promising. You got your local designers even; they know what’s HAUTE what’s NOT. It’s a palpable awakening.

How does it manifest locally, what can we say is 100% Botswana fashion?
Tsh: 100% BOTSWANA? Di sandal tsa matlalo a podi… hahaha… OKAY, seriously… Our fashion is borrowed.

So who are your top three style icons in Botswana? Oh, and why?
Ga: Mpho Laing… My Mum.

Tsh: My top 3 style icons in Bots are; style icons? Whaaat a title for Botswana, okay… my mom, my style is influenced by my mum (she has a good eye for detail, cut and ALL things clothes… I guess she’s a big part of my “inner style”… the insane ladi in me is just an extension of her… another Bots style icon, yess… GAONE my right boobie, GaTsh Fros and Mpho Laing. These fros are EPIC. They do NOT follow rules. They make their own rules 🙂 they are fearless… They make shifts.

This year saw some movement on the local fashion scene; out of 10 how did you rate each of the following; Gabs Fashion Nite; Colour in the Desert Fashion Week; Botswana Fashion Week?
Ga: 7/10, 8/10 and 5/10 respectively.

Tsh: Gabs fashion nite, was a first, was like a baby taking its first steps, a breath-taking moment for Botswana fashion industry. It was the first step to the staircase. It was that first garment worn to make that first impression. I give it a 9/10, beautiful but likkle bit short. Colour in the desert 7/10—wonderful nite… but the turn out wasn’t up to par, don’t know if I should blame it on the advertising or stubborn minded people. Last “Botswana Fashion Week. Botswana Fashion WEAK” that’s how some people saw it as. I’ll give it a NO COMMENT. Thank you.

What was the stand out moments in 2011’s local fashion scene?
Ga: Fashion Night, Miss Botswana Fashion show and Colour in the Desert Fashion Week.
Batswana ne ba kgabile, it’s good to know now that people do not rely on purchasing clothes from stores, they can wear local designer clothes
Tsh: Stand out moments? ME, WEARING A TUTU. I SHOCKED DA hell outa myself coz my style is 60% tomboyish 40 vintage… sometimes vice-versa. So a tutu, it was a 1ST. Really. It was me steeping outa my comfort zone. KOKETSO CHIEPE, KAONE KARIO 🙂  thought I looked woowza 🙂 too. GaTsh Fros, we just compliment each other. Gaone rocked a self made belt/corset kinda belt. YAYA(America’s Next Top Model) WAS SHOCKED. WE PROMISE. OHH AND THE VH1 GLAM GOD, INDASHIO. It was a special night for US and for the Colour in the Desert I got another compliment from Kaone Kario, my green cassette neck piece..ohh A.T.I HAVE HAD MOMENTS too. AND rapper K-BOS’ Chinese outfits for MISS BOTSWANA fashion show.

What were the low lights of the same scene in 2011?
Ga: Turn out at Bots Fashion Week was disappointing the first night of the show, and people did not put much effort into their outfits. The vibe was just not what we expected. But I’m sure they will up their game next time.
Tsh: LOW LIGHT? Everyone playing it “regular” or “safe” or and the low lights 🙂

What about performing artists, which ones need help and which ones are doing it right.
Ga: Ba ba sharp; Internationally: Lady Gaga, her music allows her to the crazy things she does, Kanye West, CB etc
Locally: Touch, ATI, Shanti Lo etc…
Not; Locally, baba ikitseng ba nna ba apere jeans and T-shirts all the time, its time for a change please.

Tsh: DOING IT RIGHT: first and foremost, K-Bos, Juju boy, A.T.I, Touch, Ozi-F Teddy. Doing it wrong; Am sorry… Slizer… and y’all “BITISTS/copy cats” Go to your rooms, think and SET YOUR OWN TRENDS. Re lapile.

So you are Fashionistas of the month (October) on what is that all about?
Ga: We’ve been following the blog for some time and from there they asked to feature us on their blog as fashionistas of the week sometime in October, before we knew it we were competing with some other fashionistas/ bloggers from abroad for the fashionista of the month spot. People had to vote for their favourite fashionistas and GaTsh Fros got the most votes. To all those who took the time to vote for us, thank you. All we had to do was speak the universal fashion language.

Tsh: 4aces are American based fashionistas, stylists, Bloggers. They loved what they saw, contacted us for an interview, next thing we were fashionistas of the week and now we off to competing for Fashionistas of the Month (October) and oh yaa we the only Africans 😉 so please vote for us. Thank you fashion nerds. Bless.

What is the next fashion eruption out of your creative volcano?
Ga: All you have to do is keep your eyes glued to our FB page and blog spot. Fashion will never be the same in Bots once we get to where we want to be.
Tsh: Hehe… watch this space… NO REALLY.… if you don’t see anything a year from now. BLAME IT ON GLOBAL WARMING… and while you are at it, show love still. Mix and Miss.

What is your favourite fashion sin, one you repeat again and again?
Ga: Prints, I seem to always choose bold printed clothes that plain ones and I’ll forever love high wait pants and skirts I’ll repeat this sin till I grow a big belly.

Tsh: SOME might think it’s a fashion sin but I mix and miss deliberately all the time. Am a “vintage ho 🙂 ”. May rock clashing prints from head to toe, big man shirts, big padded blouses, loose big vintage clothing, oversized blazers, that’s me. Go loose and big or go home. I feed off it.

What was your top international fashion moment last month?
Tsh: Top of my mind now… International fashion top moment? Kanye West’s ladies fashion line for his late mom, DW. *fashionistas group hug*

What was your take on Africa Fashion Week 2011 in 5 words?
Ga: Timeless fashion, intriguing, inspiring,
So far it’s only two of you, any plans to recruit any more “GaTshians”?
Ga: Ga+Tsh=GaTsh. PERIOD

Tsh: Never say never… BUT for now GaTsh is GAONE AND TSHOLO.3rd party… umm…You know what they say about 3rd parties.

Last word… how would you add GaTsh to your head of state?
Ga: Think he should try new suit designs, a new approach to fashion. He still looks good for his age, and personal stylists like GaTsh Fros would help him turn many heads. The afro suits him, but it still makes one wonder how he would look if he had shorter hair 🙂

Tsh: Yeesss!!!.. colour, fitted tailoring, a clean cut 🙂 THATS HOW I’D GATSH HIM UP 🙂 ANYWAYZ, Be a fashion nerd, mix and miss, it’s your choice, really. Anti-rules SHOULD be the title of your life story and the best way to a fulfilling life. GaTsh it.

Camera Ninjas

11 Nov

I will give you a few moments to click around google/bing and then wonder to yourself why you don’t know any of the following ninjas… Miho Akioka, Eikoh Hosoe, Miyuki Ichikawa, Hiroko Inoue, Kazuo Katase, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Chie Yasuda,  Tomoko Yoneda… GO!

Times up! So here is your opportunity to go school yourself a lot about what Japan’s photographers are up to. Some of you may know that there is a photography club of some kind in Gaborone but there isn’t a photographer who exhibits regularly. Yes there are group exhibitions every now and again… but there is no one who throws down on the regular… Did someone just think of the Alliance Francais sponsored free for all…? But you see that can’t count because it isn’t open to photographers who know what they are doing, its more an every Thabo, Dimpho and Tebogo who likes taking pictures sorta party. Anyway that’s neither here nor there and this missive is about all these photographers we all never knew about. The exhibition is in two parts… pick one then try the other when you are done.

To Distill: Another Appearance

Miho Akioka
Miho Akioka’s camera lens focuses on the lively state of the life of a tree.  The image that appears through the process of transforming them into fine-grained colors on hemp paper gives the viewers the impression of an immaterial lightness that resembles the image of the spirit, at the same time, the spirit of the image.
Miyuki Ichikawa
Miyuki Ichikawa places her camera against the lens of a pair of binoculars, and captures a ship sailing beyond the sunlight reflecting the surface of the ocean.   Her method not only dismantles the perspective method, but also expresses her strong aspiration to look at things that are difficult to see through her own eyes.

Hiroshi Sugimoto
The buildings seen in Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work are masculine monuments that originally possessed concrete forms.   However, Sugimoto excludes the solid materiality from well-known buildings, and shows an aggregate of shadows, which is similar to seeing a fleeting nightmare.


Chie Yasuda
When Chie Yasuda travels, she stops to look at the obscure, abandoned corners of old botanical gardens and museums. The work she has succeeded in creating is not only difficult but also requires extreme sensitivity and a radical state of mind.


To Reverse: Another Relationship

Eikoh Hosoe “A Weasel’s Slash”
Eikoh Hosoe belongs to the first post-war generation of photography, working in this medium as an artist rather than as a photographer. The works are the photographs that resulted from the collaboration between Eikoh Hosoe and Tatsumi Hijikata, the originator of Butoh (dance style) in Hijikata’s hometown, Akita.

Hiroko Inoue, “Absence”
Hiroko Inoue took a collection of photographs of the outside world as viewed through the windows from the inside of mental institutions.  Most of the works are of iron-barred windows.  She recomposes the scene viewed from the window – normally seen by the patients — through her own eyes.


Kazuo Katase, “Behind the Light”
When Kazuo Katase came back to Japan after almost 30 years in Germany, he took a new look at his country with a feeling of incongruity.  The subjects of his work are, the gate of Ise Shrine (Japan’s head Shinto shrine), the sacred Mount Fuji (the highest peak in Japan), and a tea ceremony bowl that signifies the soul of Zen.


Tomoko Yoneda, “Topological Analogy”
Tomoko Yoneda takes photographs of the wallpaper of a room after the resident has moved out.  In the empty room, she retraces the past time of the former resident.  The wallpaper acts as the phase of the border in order to be led to retrace the time.   The viewers are led to realize that what they feel from her work is the essence of existences.

This truncated version of the exhibition which has even more photographers in the entier collection is curated by Yuri Mitsuda Curator at The Shoto Museum of Art and author of the book that named the exhibition.  The Octagon Gallery at the National Museum is hosting the exhibition until the Sunday 27th November. Don’t kid yourself, something like this doesn’t come round too often. Get over there!

Is Zahara the only guitar on stage?

7 Nov

“Yeah right!! P500 just to go see zahara? Rather buy the CD again!!!” Ras Bingley
“Hahahahahahah P500.00. Its a Joke right?” Tarbo Mo

Only 7 days up on Facebook and the notice about frankly one of the most promising sounding events inspired the most random of discussions. Zahara is coming to town (not Brangelina’s adopted package) but reputedly the fastest selling South African musician since Brenda Fassie.  The talk was mainly about money rather than the talent about to maintain the highly evolved entertainment standards of a city that once hosted Maxi Priest like he was from fela mo rounding, or Shabba Ranks like he was a one hit wonder on RB1 and just happened to be included on some random line up. Things have moved on since those dark days. Botswanacraft has just shown what is possible with their Mascom branded intimate music affairs. Intimate because the pricing structure worked to the advantage of a quality crowd in a venue that is incapable of being stupid full.

“Must ke momaganye waitse, ke tla paka metsi.” Jonathan Tha Bang
“Haibo 500 hundred ey thts a lot ba2ng..garena go ja nama ya koko le rice ka chrismas madi a tlabo a feletse ko go Zahara.” Refilwe Keseiame
“I’ll be there looking as hot as ever !! How much is the ticket so we can put it mo di Budgets??” Lesego Bile

Botswana has managed to dodge many a bullet in its history, the sort of bullet dodging that helps a part of the nation feel entitled since it really hasn’t had to struggle for much. Even if we restricted the struggle to important things only like, education, health, water from a tap, at least 2 cell phones… it really was all no sweat when compared to any of the countries we share a border with… Zambia too. But judging by the minority in the Zahara concert comments on Facebook, some people don’t buy into the entitlement and they have understood that they may need to change to suit the situation.

“I miss it by 3 days 😦 Would definitely have attended. Line up is TIGHT! Ka live band! It’s worth more than 5. Big up for rolling with the blows :-)” Keitumetse Mpotokwane
“Is this 4real..? I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Bonnie Patiience Otlaadisang
“I’ll be there, especially for local acts, Eugene really impressed last week, nna ene ele lwa ntlha ke mmona! BIG UP TO YOU MR JACKSON!!” Boitumelo Maswabi

We can also speculate till next year about the other people who have said nothing, but have indicated that they are coming, 815 people at this point. 815 translates to 315 more people that the organisers are targeting according to one of their comments much earlier in the debate stream… err so y’all need to buy now is what I understand; entitled or not.

What about the actual acts that will be performing on the same stage as Zahara…? Shanti Lo with Anna Christoffersson and some of the backing band that they performed with in Sweden in August this year, Woman of Jazz and Eugene Jackson. Actually, the other groups don’t come for free and you can bet every one is bringing their A Game. After all is said and done, the concert is bound to be well attended and if we are still overly concerned about money… last word on that is quite simply, “The price is determined by a lot of factors and i cant change on that and truth is the show is only for 500 people out of 2 million come on we will be sold out by end of week.” Fish Pabalinga

OK, there is another last word… not quite sure where it fits in the discussion, but this is Botswana so, “Ba bangwe ba claima fela ka ‘I’ll be there’. We know them, they can’t afford rent let alone water bill. so stop misleading ppl le re u r goin.” Tebzz Mothokho. This last one makes me wonder if this is what the DIS is really for… designed to find out who is only “claiming”… if there a list of claimers available somewhere please share it with us too, Mr Tebzz Mothokho.

You speak so well

5 Nov

It still rankles when some British throwback stranded out here in Africa but still flying the British flag in their heart, backyard, mantle piece or late afternoon tea time habits has the insensitive nerve to (I suppose) compliment me on “speaking so well.” Actually I measure that annoyance against when Africans insist on correcting other Africans’ pronunciation of English words. I mean like leggo! How about you take the same pride in learning how to pronounce your own African language first… My main man Fela Kuti klaps that one nicely, “I no be gentleman at all-O. I be African man original,” he says…but we will save this one for later.

Ya,  so a dear friend once articulated my annoyance with the phrase; she said that she expected that “you-speak-so-well” comment to be reserved for someone with a physical speaking impediment of some sort, not a perfectly healthy and obviously educated young black and fabulous person such as herself, or me for that matter. These days I can laugh with a clear conscience when Jamie Oliver glosses over his lisp with a fashionable mockney accent as he seduces food live on camera. I can roll on the floor when one of my favourite directors, that-got-his-balls-back-since-the-divorce Guy Ritchie, crams his films with an aural mosaic of some of the dirtiest parts of London… it’s really entertaining.

Since running away from London it is a less bitter pill to swallow standing on the outside looking in; not going through each and every damn day knowing that students from outside of England are the ones who pretty much speak English-English. Sort of makes one think Colonialism had an unrecognised plus point for the coloniser. When the old country has lost its way culturally, its people can always go back out to the former colonies and remind themselves what they used to be like. After all language is a whole lot more than just a communication medium, it is the trojan horse of culture.

Maybe one day when globalisation becomes too much, Afrikaans will inform and reintroduce Dutch to its former self (Go Zef!). I am convinced the Angolans and Mozambicans have already made Portuguese sexier than it was ever meant to be, judging by the vacant look that occupies my face when the chicas from there say anything in Portuguese. I was once told candomble and I hoped it suggested a night of passion to follow, I got laughed at instead… you live and you learn. Obviously Africa will keep the English going for the British, American English is only good for hip hop lyrics and no one knows what the hell Australians are saying any more. I just hope the future custodians of this colonial legacy are smart enough this time around to demand a premium for these (by then) rare commodities.

Fela Pic – Kagan Mcleod