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26 entertainment Friday, February 23, 2018 | NEW ERA ARTCRAFT 'Onyoka' necklaces a crafty tradition • Donna Collins Washed-up sea shells are to some people nothing more than nature discarding its unwanted waste onto the shoreline. But to others, these heaps of scattered sea life remains are the means to a livelihood by transforming this natural resource into necklaces and beadwork. The Traditional 'Onyoka' beaded strings, made from white mussel shell, play a prominent role in the adornment of Oshiwambo women, who for generations have passed this bead-making skill from elders to the young. Strings of these beads are worn proudly at all ceremonious occasions, and in keeping with tradition, are dyed a vibrant pink to match the traditional, Ondelela dress. These necklaces and shell beads have also found way into the tourist market, where they are even matched with gold and MOEVIES Black Panther, which premiered in Namibian cinemas last Friday, running till the end of March at both Maerua and Groove malls, is set in African nation of Wakanda, is a captivating Afro-vision. A and medical marvels -- all made possible by the discovery of vibranium, a superpower metal. Wakanda is a secretive African country that was never colonised and is the most advanced nation in the world. While Black Panther breaks new ground in its vision to Afrofuturism, a 20th century cultural aesthetic dominated genre -- by placing black people front and center in futuristic worlds. "The one characteristic of the Wakandan people as far as costumes go is Afrofuturist," Ruth E. Carter, costume designer for Black Panther, told CNN. Afrofuturism intersects ancient African mythologies. silver to create a valuable piece of jewellery. But it's the making of these tiny round shell beads, with a hole in the centre, that is the intriguing This is the craft of women who travel from the North in search of this natural commodity, found on the beach only. Through bead making skills they turn a rough piece of shell into a delicate, hand-crafted bead, which is strung into necklaces and other accessorised jewellery in colour variations. Two such craftswomen are Maria Johannes and Helena Tobias. Currently staying in the DRC informal settlement here, they gather as much material to make enough necklace strings to take back to their Oshikoko village. They collect shells only twice a week, the rest of the time they are busy with the shaping and stringing process. This process, they explain, is highly labour intensive and time consuming occupying them all day, in all weather, "It's people of African descent looking at themselves in the future and what their society and their culture will look like ten years from now, twenty years from now, a thousand years from now," Fikayo Adeola, founder of arts and animation company Kugali, told CNN. The history of Afrofuturism An Afrofuturist image that combines tradition with technology. The term Afrofuturism was Dery in a 1993 essay "Black to the Future," but the ideas were around long before. From the 1950s, American jazz musician Sun Ra -- who is considered one of the earliest proponents of Afrofuturism -- drew on ancient African imagery in his music and performances. "This was in an era where African-Americans looked very much like second class citizens. Afrofuturism was a tool that they could use to imagine a better future, and the movement continued into the contemporary era," said Adeola. Afrofuturism spanned literature too. Octavia Butler took it to the next level bringing in futuristic technology and interactions with wasn't very inclusive of black people in the early days. sifting through heaps of shells, which they smash with a pebble to separate the usable section. Most of them have no other work, eking out a living by meeting the demand for shell necklaces, which they sell for around N- 00 a string. This task takes them to beaches in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and even Henties Bay, where they collect the shells in 20 and 50 kilogram bags. Once full they carry these heavy bags on their heads, sometimes walking long distances back to their homes. The shells are processed through several stages. dry, which is why there is a bigger push to gather shells in the summer months. Thereafter the white middle piece is cut out with scissors, and again cut into smaller squares. This step requires a lot of focus, as the shells are brittle and can easily break. The squares are soaked in water to make drilling and grinding easier. A hand drill is used to make a hole in the middle of into the world with a string original piece of Namibian each of the little squares, which are then strung onto long pieces of wire. The next step involves grinding them to round the edges, and to thread them onto a string - then dipped in dye. Some ladies have built up a clientele, Primary products… Shell necklace makers, Maria Johannes and and supply the Helena Tobias, sorting through piles of washed up muscle shells. shell strings directly from their yards, others take them back to the north to sell there. In the Oshiwambo culture, the adornment of strings of shell necklaces, which are usually died a brilliant pink, are worn by women during all celebratory occasions and a sign of the more strings you wear. New babies are welcomed "It was very much up to these early African-American authors to say that actually 'no, there are other people in the future,'" Adeola explains. The afrofuturistic superhero The Black Panther. in Marvel comics in 1961 with The Fantastic Four. In 1977 the superhero had his own series. The early comics attempted to subvert African stereotypes. "You always had people in loincloths that were very tribalistic. Black Panther is very much an attempt to tackle that stereotype. "The early comics didn't necessarily do it that well because you had Wakanda -- which is a really technologically advanced nation -- but at the same time you still saw people in loincloths and in rural settings," Adeola told CNN. The comic book progressed. "As the comic evolved Marvel has been able to consolidate it by of Onyoka, so special are these beads, with the demand all year round. the north and other parts of the country, as well as into souvenir or shops, End products… Traditional jewellery made from muscle shells. keeping Wakanda very traditional whilst also acknowledging the fact that it is the most technologically advanced nation in the Marvel universe," Adeola said. African Afrofuturism Chadwick Boseman (left) and Michael B. Jordan in 'Black Panther.' Afrofuturism has predominantly been in the US, but African artists are increasingly visible, carving their own unique interpretations. "Afrofuturism roots are very much African-American but there has been a new renaissance in Africa with people trying to that are inspired by our culture and aesthetics," Adeola said. Authors like Roye Okupe at YouNeek Studios have created Nigerian characters in nearfuture settings. handcrafted jewellery to wear. Afrofuturism: The genre that made Black Panther Chris Giles The hype around Black Panther is undeniable, surpassing in advanced ticket sales. But the artists and auteurs in Africa are creating their own heroes. "We had to wait quite a long time for this. I suppose the artists and the writers that are creating Afrofuturist narratives are just not patient enough to wait for Hollywood to do it for them. And that's one of the biggest inspirations behind the movement in Africa," Adeola said. There's also been some disquiet about the cultural representations of Africa in Wakanda. But while the wait was long, the movie has brought Afrofuturism into the mainstream. "We need our own science African people our own voices through this wonderful medium," Adeola said.

Friday, February 23, 2018 | NEW ERA entertainment 27 29 African Skincare African women have been using natural ingredients since ancient history to maintain a healthy and beautiful skin. Let’s take a look at some indigenous products that are used in various African skincare regimens. Cleansing Black soap is a natural skin cleanser that is made by combining peels of plantain, shea butter and assorted natural botanicals. Originating from Ghana and Nigeria, this cleanser is a When it comes to Ethiopian women, they attribute their supple, blemishfree skin to honey. Known for its antimicrobial qualities, honey can be used to cleanse the skin by gently scrubbing it on damp skin then rinsing it off with water. Moisturising Zimbabwean women keep their skin hydrated and silky smooth with a vegetable called okra containing vitamin A, which is vital for healthy skin. They collect some fresh okra and soften it in a boiling pot, after it cools, MUSIC it is mashed up into an oily cream that is applied to the face as a moistening mask. The San from Southern Africa use diluted rooibos to heal eczema and skin allergies. This natural herb contains antioxidants, anti-aging enzymes, Gospel album a ‘must listen’ lemans Miyanicwe It’s evident on the ten track album that pastor Alfeus Araeb is a veteran of the Gospel music, as his experience in the industry is strongly felt on the album titled Khoe-khoegowab ‘#Ei oatara (I remember). Araeb started his musical career at the then South West African Broadcasting Corporation (SWABC), now Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) with a twelve song cassette Garere !Khuba ti /oms (Praise the Lord oh my soul). #Ei oatara was released two days before last Christmas. Araeb is joined by Bonny Araeb, his nephew, and Outjo Gemeente Choir, Diana /Uiras, who trembles a listener spiritually with her angelic alto voice. #Ei oatara, track three and the title song is about remembering good things that the Lord has done for you and on that track /Uiras kicks off the song singing in her sweet angelic voice while Araeb makes the song more powerful with his lay voice as he praise LIFESTYLE the Creator for his goodness. Araeb says he wrote the song when he was disappointed in 1995 when he was declined a study visa to the United States of America (USA). On track one, Araeb and /Uiras, My Lord they plead for the Almighty’s love. The lyrics are so powerful making one emotional as the due beg God. Mapa tani I (Where will I go) /Uiras starts the songs in her angelic voice with two asking God numerously where to having been born in this sinful world. Track four, Tita Ge !Khuba and is based gao oats (You are the Great King), the song is about keeping to His holly word and worship if one is forever to see His Kingdom. Track six, #Goms di /Geiba (Give me great faith) is about asking God to give us faith. Track seven, Sau tere (Save me) is pleading for the Lord’s saviour while on track eight Araeb and /Uiras sings I am looking up to the cross. On Track nine, minerals and vitamins that are needed for nourished and vibrant skin. Body Painting Namibian Himba women are well known for smearing their bodies with otjize. This traditional paste is a mixture of ochre pigment and butterfat which gives their skin tones a reddish appearance. Otjize serves as a protective layer from the harsh climate and also as a mosquito repellent. The Mursi tribe of East Africa's Great Rift Valley use white limestone, red ochre, grey ash and clay deposits to create their body paint which works as an insecticide and also prevents sunburn. Skin Fragrance Uunsi is a traditional beauty custom used by Somali women to perfume their skin. A fragrant smoke is created by burning frankincense, sandalwood and natural oils on top of coal. The ladies sit around this aromatic smoke and allow it to cloak their skin and clothing which gives them a sensual perfumed scent. Sources:, Album release… Pastor Alfeus Araeb rehearsing in Outjo studio. The Gospel veteran musician have released an album. Ada /Nam Gure, Araeb he is joined by his nephew, Bonny Araeb, and the last song Gare !Khuba (Praise the Lord ooh my soul) is about praising God’s wonders. Araeb is gifted and plays both guitar and keyboard, and writes and does instrumental for all the songs on the album. The gospel music veteran also composes songs for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) choirs such as Soli Deo Gloria choir, Gangandara choir, Rogate choir and Lutheran Men’s choir. Traditional attire for African weddings • Lebogang Matshego Marriage ceremonies across Africa’s ethnic groups are not deeply rooted in the continent’s respect and appreciation for family, but are also a celebratory affair with lots of food and beautiful wedding attire. Here’s a look at the traditional wedding attire for both men and women from some of the continent’s largest ethnic groups. Zulu Traditional Wedding A traditional Zulu wedding, which usually takes place after the white wedding ceremony, is called Umabo. The Umabo concludes the set of marriage rituals that take place to negotiations between the two families. During the Umabo, a bride wears an isidwaba, which is a leather skirt, an isicwaya, which is skin to cover her breasts, and an inkehli, which is a hat to cover the head. Continues on page 24 NSK Industry Loop Value I am a value for money seeking goat. I work very hard for the little I earn and so do you. So why should you not get value for your coins when you decide to indulge in a service or product? That’s the philosophy I plough into my work. I do not want anyone to splash thousands on my services and go home feeling they did not get their monies worth. I know how that feels because it has happened to me so many times. Where you either buy something and it just turns out to be manure or when you invest in a service and you are hit with that Namibian plague of lack of customer service. Hate it! So why would I or anyone I associate myself with do that to you? If I am one of the contracted entertainers at any event you are planning on attending…just know that Naobeb Se Kind will pull out all stops to make sure you made the right decision in coming to that event. That’s what every entertainer in this country should be saying! That’s the spirit and philosophy that every entertainer in this country should have. We already have a problem with Namibians wanting to negotiate something as small as a sweet down to the last cent but willing to spend thousands on trivial nonsense, no questions asked. So if you’re an entertainer you will need to change your mind set to a more productive one. What values you? It’s your product/service and your overall professionalism. You cannot do without one of the two. Don’t you dare quote anyone if you lack one of the two. You have no business asking to be paid if one of the two factors are missing. Nobody wants to work with an unprofessional cow! Not a single soul wants to be subjected to substandard nonsense. I mean put yourself in the end person’s shoes togoba. Would you like it if someone is unprofessional around your endeavours? Would you enjoy being subjected to substandard product/ service? Than why do you do it to people that are going to put thousands of dollars in your pocket? Why would you subject consumers of your product/service to substandard work? No one wants their value minimised. But people will keep minimising your value if you keep providing substandard work with zero professionalism. Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! Oldie of the week: Gazza - Natango NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email naobebsekind@gmail. com @naobebsekind (twitter)

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