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Lunch at KwaMurongo. #EatOut #LNreservations #NoCountryForSkinnyWaist
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Lunch at KwaMurongo. #EatOut #LNreservations #NoCountryForSkinnyWaist

You Ought To Know : Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri, Vanhu Vamwe

Here is an outstanding Zimbabwean female creative that you ought to know!

A mind and passion for fashion. “Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri was always inspired by fashion and consequently went back to University to study Fashion Accessory Design. With a first degree in Journalism and Communications, her passion for creativity only seemed to be matched by an insatiable curiosity.

Her work has made her outstanding .From the start of her fashion career, Pam has worked with top fashion houses and International designers including Paul Smith, Timberland and Guess and lately becoming the first African to be nominated for the Vogue and Muuse ‘Best International Emerging Fashion Accessory Designer” 2014 to which she was a finalist. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Mulberry Accessory Award by her mentors at Nottingham Trent University, and is also the 2014 bearer of the Vice Chancellors Award for academic achievement and her work to elevate the African Fashion Industry.



She contributes to the fashion scene at home. Amongst all this, Pam has her own lifestyle column in the The Daily News Zimbabwe, ‘263 Voices’, which follows Zimbabweans all over the world and highlights and celebrates their achievements. She is also the soon to be author of an academic book on African Fashion, a book she says is long overdue.



In 2011 Pam launched her fashion label Vanhu Vamwe which specializes in contemporary leather luxury goods with an African twist. While Vanhu Vamwe is very close to her heart. Pam has embarked on a project called 54faces which has attracted much interest internationally including recommendations from the BBC. 54faces aims to recognize fashion as credible way to boost the African economy by bringing manufacturing back to Africa. Pam’s advocacy has created opportunities for her to present Conference papers worldwide, including at the prestigious Yale University.

Not everyday fashion. In her spare time, Pam is the Co-Founder and Fundraising Director of 3ThirtySeven a non profit organization which encourages African women to develop a strong spirit of travel and adventure in uncharted territory by inviting them to join organised expeditions and outdoor activities for the purpose of fundraising for charity “



She is a wife and moms too! Pam is married to Simba Nyawiri, who is the original Founding member of the Zimbabwean based ”Shower Power” and is currently a successful Musician and Song Writer and sings Gospel Accapella with Canadian based ‘Soul Influence’. They have two daughters, Tasha Mudiwa 14, and Mandipa Ivy 12.

To keep up with Pam and her amazing work,

Follow : @vanhuvamwe

Extreme Vison Dance Crew ( ZIM) Heads to Las Vegas!

Extreme Vision Dance Crew (EXV) has once again proved itself to be the best crew in the country. On July 30th, Extreme Vision is flying out from Johannesburg to USA to compete in the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas.

World Hip Hop Championships are the equivalent of the Olympics of the dance world, the World Cup of Hip Hop. This year there are over 40 countries and over 250 international crews competing. Zimbabwe is one of only three African nations being represented at the World Championships. Whilst going largely un recognised, EXV have succeeded on many occasions, bringing home two golds and a silver from Strictly Hip Hop in South Africa in 2012, competing in and winning many local and national competitions and appearing at various functions and events around the country.

Their success however has not been truly celebrated by the country at large. EXV have achieved a level that many other Zimbabwean sports teams can only dream of. It is not the first time that EXV have traveled on an international scale. In 2013, they toured the West Coast of Canada for three weeks,visiting over eleven schools and appearing at company and local events. The response from the Canadian public was overwhelming, with old and young alike enjoying their performances. Their message of inspiration coupled with their dramatic and acrobatic dance moves gained many fans. Adonis Muronzi, manager of EXV from the beginning states, “Heading to USA to compete in the Championships once again puts Zimbabwe on the map in the world of Hip Hop. As a team we plan to compete and have our eyes on the trophy. EXV are going to represent Zimbabwe with all that we have, and our only wish is that the country knows about us and recognizes the talent these boys have. We hope all of Zimbabwe can be behind us. This is like the World Cup, in Hip Hop, and we believe our country should be proud of us and support us.”

If anyone is interested to follow EXV and see how they do at the competition, please connect with them on Facebook, (Extreme Vision Dance Group ) or email them on exvcrew@gmail.com.

Sunkissed 😍 Pretty little things to remind you life is beautiful.
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Sunkissed 😍 Pretty little things to remind you life is beautiful.

This is the best song on the continent at the moment #IfIDoSaySoMyself

Comfort food at Gava’s ! Rice with peanut butter is heaven. #eatout #lnreservations #harare
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Comfort food at Gava’s ! Rice with peanut butter is heaven. #eatout #lnreservations #harare

Built my own wrap at The Butcher’s Kitchen #eatout #harare  #lnreservations
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Built my own wrap at The Butcher’s Kitchen #eatout #harare #lnreservations

Synik dropped that French on ‘em! 

Victory Lap is a song off my 2009 Debut EP The Beta Version. Its a song for everyone with a dream. Despite your obstacles chase your dream with fierce determination till you cross that finish line. “These cats got cool sneakers and Im running on barefeet, though I aint stopping coz I come from a rare breed!”. Performing it for the first time in Dakar at Douta Seck for Festa2h my message was simply Reach Higher, Dream Further!

Synik is one of Zimbabwean Hip Hop’s most respected lyricists. Its great to see him reach new heights and carry #ZimHipHop with him.

Lately I have been checking out episodes of Coke Studio Africa and have discovered that it is a great way to discover who is hot on the continent, music wise.

Coke Studio Africa is a music television series produced by the Coca-Cola Company featuring live studio-recorded music performances by various artists from different genres and eras. Its a one of a kind music show that aims to reinvent the way music can capture the spirit of a nation.

Currently the show airs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria. It’s a great platform for anyone wanting to check out some of the popular and talented acts out of East Africa & Nigeria.

I think Coke Studio Africa could do the same for some southern African countries like Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe since most artists in this region don’t get the exposure they deserve. #InMyHumbleOpinion

Check out two of my favorite sessions to date Miss Karun of Camp Mulla (Kenya) with the amazing Boddhi Satva (CAR) and the legendary Salif Keita performing Madan.

I’m looking forward to checking out Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) and Burna Boy’s ( Nigeria)  session when it hits the web! 

The line-up for Tribe One Fest is something ridiculous! #Africa #Music #Festivals 

Everything I needed and more on a cold grey afternoon in Harare. Thai Cocunut Chicken soup and a chat with @nyashasulekha at The Nourish Quarter located at  Innovate High Performance Centre in Emerald Hill .
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Everything I needed and more on a cold grey afternoon in Harare. Thai Cocunut Chicken soup and a chat with @nyashasulekha at The Nourish Quarter located at Innovate High Performance Centre in Emerald Hill .

Check out this dope collection put together by a group of young creative Zimbabweans in New Zealand : Africa On My Sleeve

About the collection : “ Through the medium of fashion, Africa on My Sleeve intends to tell the untold story of Africa. We seek to educate about the history of Africa in a manner that is accessible and easily understood by all. We also seek to set a standard that fashion is not just about clothing but can be fused with art and history to create a timeless experience.” 

"The Kings & Queens collection takes inspiration from the Kings and Queens of Africa, men and women who made a mark in African history. The collection was designed to encourage discussion about an aspect of African history that most people, like we, as a team did not know about." - AOMS

 

My favorite is the Nehanda Collection!  Obvs. 

 

LOVING my goodies from @afrclothing . Thank you so much! Great cause. All this and more available at www.afrclothing.com
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LOVING my goodies from @afrclothing . Thank you so much! Great cause. All this and more available at www.afrclothing.com

Go! #happymonday Have a great week folks 😘
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Go! #happymonday Have a great week folks 😘

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