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24 entertainment Friday, June 30 2017 | NEW ERA CUISINE Dorah Sitole’s affair with African food Debashine Thangevelo ‘It’s not poverty food,” says Dorah Sitole, a celebrated former food editor and the author of Cooking from Cape to Cairo. She continues, “It’s quite sad that people think we eat our food because of survival. I don’t think they realise it’s food we grew up on and that we aren’t eating it because of a lack of food. That’s the food that was cooked and eaten by our ancestors.” And her tone isn’t marked by annoyance. Quite the opposite, in fact. She exudes warmth and the kind of patience that one gets from a grandmother. She cautions, “I worry about people not wanting to try our food. And yet we are so keen to try different cuisines. Everyone’s eating sushi. Even black kids. Why are we so keen to try out other food and yet kids make faces about tripe. But they are very quick to eat oysters. “Maybe I don’t understand and I haven’t got the answers,” Sitole shrugs. “I always say to my kids, ‘Try something out before you turn up your nose’.” Sitole, who is currently a judge on’s Flava Queens, revisits her love affair with food. She says, “It started in 1970. My eldest son was a year old then. I used to research company. And I was growing Her restlessness in her job was resolved when her husband introduced her to someone at Metal Box. Sitole recalls, “It’s now bought over by Nampak. They were looking for a cooking demonstrator. Someone who would go into the townships and educate people, especially about nutrition around canned food. You know, we grew up with all these misconceptions, believing food from a can was poisonous. But people ate a lot of tinned fish. I happened to, from an early age, be very interested in food. And I was quite a good cook. My husband was like, ‘My wife can do this’.” So she went for an interview and bagged the job. She offers, “My boss saw I had a passion for food. I had a collection of recipes in my notebook. They were cuttings from magazines, the Angela Day food page in The Star and stuff from the Daily Mail. I kept them and I tried them.” And her husband was an eager taster. Sitole continues, “You generally cut out recipes that speak to you. I’m someone who cooks simple food that we tend to sometimes serve it bland. When I started my journey, I was curious about other cuisines.” After having honed her skills and having gathered as much knowledge as she could completing numerous courses, she was head-hunted to be a food editor for a well-known magazine. This got her thinking about her roots and she asked herself, “How much do you know about your African food?” She got her answer after visiting 22 countries across our continent. She went on to document her adventures in With so many years of experience under her belt, she says, with world needs to acquire a taste for African cuisine.” She feels it has been working the other way around for too long. Dora Sitole showing these students from Italy how to cook an African feast. Picture and caption from Instagram When asked about some of the elements that make a dish truly African, she offers, “You will get samp and beans. That’s an obvious one. You will get tripe cooked in whatever way, maybe curried or stewed. You will get steamed dumpling. You will get oxtail. You will get many dishes with beans. You will, of course, get spinach.” She points out, “I’m not even mentioning phutu and sour milk, which is just so delicious.” Although Vilakazi Street is regarded as a favourite haunt for tourists, she adds, “I’m saddened by the number of African cuisine restaurants in town that close shortly after opening. Maybe it’s not their time yet. And if people want to have a truly authentic experience, they go to the Shisa Nyama places in Soweto. They are booming at the moment.” Sitole ends off by saying, “People should be curious about African food. I promise them, it’s delicious, robust, Dorah Sitole. Picture: Supplied Here are some recipes to try on Father’s day from Dorah Sihole’s Cooking from Cape to Cairo: Tripe and potato stew (Ulusu namazambane) Ingredients: 1kg Tripe, washed and cut into pieces Water 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 onion, chopped 10ml (2 teaspoons) curry powder 5ml (1 teaspoon) ground cumin 5ml (1 teaspoon) ground coriander salt and pepper to taste Method Cover tripe with water, bring to the boil, turn down heat and simmer gently for 3 hours, replenish water if it goes dry. Add potatoes, onions, spices, salt and pepper, to tripe, cook for a further 30 minutes until potatoes are cooked. Serve hot over Isijabane (Spinach Pap). * Serves 4 Chicken in Peanut Sauce Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (+ – 1.5kg) 45ml (3 tablespoons) seasoned 60ml (4 tablespoons) oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 15ml (1 tablespoon) crushed ginger 1 green pepper, diced 2 large tomatoes, peeled and diced 2 chicken stock cubes, dissolved in 500ml (2 cups) water salt and freshly ground black 10ml (2 teaspoons) dry rosemary 125ml (½ cup) peanut butter Method Cut chicken into portions and Heat oil in a large saucepan, brown the chicken on all sides. Remove from saucepan and keep warm. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger in saucepan until transparent. Add green pepper and tomatoes, cook for 5 minutes. Return chicken. Add stock, rosemary, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add peanut butter, continue to simmer for a further 30 minutes. Add a little water if the stew is too thick. Serve over Idombolo (steamed dumpling) or rice. CULTURE okayafrica Beyonce Damola Durosomo Diaspora The twins have arrived. Beyoncé gave birth to a boy and a girl in Los Angeles early last week. This is pretty much all we know at this point, and given the Carter’s notoriously secretive nature, it’s probably all we’ll know for a while. Details like the names of the two babies still remain unknown, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate or suggest that she go with traditional African twin names either. Many sources are beginning to report that Beyoncé and Jay-Z opted to name their newborns after themselves, and have christened them Shawn and Bea. This, of course, has yet to room for more—you guessed it—speculation. While the aforementioned names are cute and all - they’re also—dare I say it— unimaginative. The Carter’s aren’t exactly known for being colourless when it comes to the naming of their children—Blue Ivy‘s name is Blue Ivy—and they certainly shouldn’t start now with the arrival of the most famous twins in all of history. For this glorious occasion, we think bigger this adage more than Queen Bey and given the she should bless the twins with some bomb-ass, names. Twins are celebrated in various cultures across the continent, so she has several options. For instance, the singer could go with The Himba people of Northern Namibia who also grant twins special status. In some second is called Tsjanakambendje regardless of gender. They are also sometimes referred to to the second-born could also work. Though is actually considered the elder twin, thought to sure it’s ready for his or her presence. Sounds like a perfectly rational thing for a child born of Beyoncé to do. Yoruba women in Southwestern Nigeria have some of the highest rates of twin births in represents twins, often depicted using wooden statues. The mother of twins is endearingly called Mama Ibeji, so there’s potential for Beyoncé to adopt a new name as well. These names would surely make sense for Bey given that much of her work is inspired by Yoruba spirituality. She channeled album Lemonade last year, and in the viral maternity shoot which announced her pregnancy back in February. It doesn’t stop there though. Bey could also follow the rich and distinctive naming process of Ghanaian culture. Amongst the Ga people, the name Akwete born male, and Akuete to second-born. The name Akwele twin, and Akwoko to the next. is Ataa Panin, while the second-born is given the name Ataa Kumaa can be named Ata Panin, and the second Ata Kumaa. There are several other possible variations of these names as well. The Ewe people often call the older twin Ye and the younger Atsu. Twins are also cherished within Somali culture—they are highly celebrated upon their birth. Both male and females are referred to as mataano and given individual monikers that follow. So there you have it—a plethora of meaningful African names that Beyoncé could bestow upon her newborns—and not just for the sake of doing so, either. Rather, as a means of reconnecting with her, and her children’s, African heritage, and as yet another way to pay homage to the culture that she is continuously inspired by. The choice is all yours,

Friday, June 30, 2017 | NEW ERA FEATURE Hard work and no play has turned Elemotho into a dull boy entertainment NSK 25 29 Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Hard work, studying music, reading a lot about music and human nature, and playing around with different music instruments to give his music a different taste is the recipe for Elemotho’s success. “It’s just a combination of factors. There is no magic to my successes. Sometimes I just play around with the music that I want to hear and people end up loving it,” he says. He adds that with his music, he likes to tell a story and to leave a message with fans, making them questions their minds. “I grew up as a story teller, where we tell stories around the fire at a farm. I like to throw reality around, thus exploring the depth of the human spirit,” he says. Elemotho is a world performing artist and a musical activist. He is one of the few local artists who re-invented some of the local genres of Shambo, Afro-fusion, Jazz and some traditional elements by modeling it using different instruments to bring it to life, after it died some years ago. Awards in 2012 from under the noses of more than 500 African, Indian and Pacific artists. This saw him receiving a promotional tour around Africa to 25 countries and an exclusive concert in Paris, France. Elemotho also plays acoustic guitar and blends the sounds with local rhythm to give his music an African taste. He sings in Setswana, English and other Namibian languages. He also surprised many when he recently released his fourth album, Beautiful World, currently enjoying massive airplay both locally and internationally. The 11-track album is a blend of different genres to cater for everyone. Ke Nako, Elemotho says his new album is more mature and up to standard. “I focused more on lyrics to give a strong message to the audience about the beauty of the world. I also had enough time to work on this album, whereby I had enough time to collect ideas for each of the songs.” Hit songs from the album include Beautiful World and Don’t Be Late. Elomotho’s future plans are focusing more on promoting his new album, and touring the world performing new songs at different festivals. Below: Elemotho, one of our local successful artists, who has travelled extensively around the world, is planning to harness his energy towards promoting his latest album, Beautiful World. Industry Loop Radio Interviews! Radio stations are slowly but surely moving away from the conventional radio interviews from entertainers. Back in the day it was a hell of a lot more interesting to have an entertainer come on radio and blab back and forth about their new single and the album. That was the time when only few had access to information. That was when your audience was still heavily reliant on radio for music information. However, that has drastically changed in the digital age of information. The radio does not want to interview entertainers anymore, simply about music. If entertainers are to come on radio, they ought to have a story to tell. They need to have a real life story that will evoke emotions. Your usual “Hey, so tell us about your next project” line of questioning is about out of the window. Frankly, no one cares! Be it Namibian entertainers or international entertainers. However, how seldom do Namibian radio stations get international entertainers to interview? The world of information has made the audience hungry for more. More in the sense that once they have made the effort to tune into that interview, they would want to walk away with something incredibly concrete. Entertainers now need to adapt. Because very few radio stations…especially commercial radio stations, will invite you to come speak about a single. The reality with commercial stations is that if you want to come promote your music, you’d need to pay. Rightfully so, because airtime is the service that commercial stations offer. I know entertainers to this day do not understand this. Look at it this way. The radio has an audience. Millions of dollars have been invested in building that audience. Radio bosses know that you need access to this audience. Hence why you will get charged. That’s the radio business. If you’d like to have access to that audience where you stand to is why commercial radio is moving away from these “new single” interviews. A commercial radio will invite you if you have a story to tell. If your content is only “new single” stories, you would be a classic case of failing to adapt. National broadcasters and community stations might still want to do the whole new single story, because of an obligation to the community and the nation. The sooner entertainers start understanding that music is business in today’s era, the better for everyone. What is your story? What is it, that is of value, that you want to share with the audience? What can you share that would change a life of a listener for the good? What is behind the music? Ask yourself these questions. If you happen to have managed to answer that, you might get that call to join a radio presenter in studio to share your story to hundreds of thousands. Music interviews? Shallow, boring and one-dimensional. Those days are gone. Make peace with it and adapt. Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! Song of the week: Barney na Tangoz: Call my name Flop of the week: Fudge Gang Hou op j NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email @naobebsekind (twitter)

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