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18 entertainment Friday, May 11 2018 | NEW ERA FASHION Donna Collins Fashion and the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) goes hand in hand, and this year didn’t disappoint, with a stand out moment from Jay-Aeron Gertze (22) who is blowing up the local fashion scene with his divinely daring cross-dressing trends. Of course the blue carpet for anyone to get noticed is an annual highlight, which once again exploded into a hive of popping flash bulbs, glamorous women in glittering evening gowns with men strutting their stuff like GQ models. But this was Jay’s night. The slender young boy who owned the carpet like it was New York fashion week, flounced, preened and posed for selfies, whilst dressed in a beautiful billowing full length floral print skirt with matching long sleeved cerise crop top, coutured by ‘SynEDGY’. To crown the look, his nonconformist gender bending vogue was accentuated by a funky hair style, shaved on the sides and dyed bright pink on the top. His make-up was accentuated by pouty purple lips topped by dangling jewelled earrings. Jay-Aeron is a fresh breeze on the fashion scene, and his cross-dressing style is something that is fast becoming the talk of the town. Already Jay- Aeron pioneering play on gender bending fashion, is catapulting this daring Karasburg boy to new heights - whilst wearing ‘killer heels’. But Jay-Aeron is not just a pretty face, and it turns out that Flamboyant Jay-Aeron sets new fashion trends this sweetly spoken young boy, is a final year media student at the College of the Arts (Cota), and is honing his skills in the media field – from television to radio as well as hosting events. “Yes I am feminine, and a feminist for that matter - but why does that have to define my masculinity - I own my masculinity, but love my feminine ways - so we need to change the standards,” says the trend setter. “It wasn’t always easy being this flamboyant, but you just have to be yourself, own it, and the world will adapt to whatever you want to be,” he says confidently adding that when s(he) is not dressed up, he embraces the boy in him by wearing jeans and a top - but still wear make-up on any occasion I feel like,” he quips. Jay-Aeron recalls starting the make-up craze as a teenager, which is self taught and would do the make-up for girls going to matric farewells. After learning various techniques he has worked as a freelance make-up artist ever since to “get the bills paid”. He began wearing make up at 16. “There are haters in this world that will always have something negative to say about people who are different, but I don’t focus my energy on that as most people are positive about me and my dress style,” adds Jay-Aeron, who calls himself an “agent of change”. “I get messages from Fashion queens… Rumano Fabrishh, Reinhard Mahalie, with Jay-Aeron Gertze at the NAMAs. so many young boys and girls, complimenting me on the way I dress and look, and it makes me feel good knowing that that I am helping and inspiring someone to have a better understanding of themselves.’’ “My mother who is my biggest fan always had glossy fashion magazines in the house, which motivated my dress sense and encouraged me to be part of the exciting world of high fashion. I am also inspired by the drag culture which has pushed my trend setting dress trends, whilst challenging social issues and being an example to other young boys like me. It’s ok to be who you are, and be your creative self.” Referring to his “glamour squad” and close inner circle of friends who accompany him to most social events, Rumano Fabrish and fashion stylist Reinhard Mahalie, are an integral part of Jay-Aeron’s fantasy world of dress up. The trio who have become the symbol of unapologetic fashion, and use any excuse to step out in jawdropping outfits, whilst spending hours on hair, make-up and accessories. All three together are a magical representation of this new movement of transgender couture that is sweeping the new “in” scene. It comes as no surprise, however, that he has sent his portfolio to a top androgynies South African model agency, who has signed him up for future shoots. He was also invited to Cape Town’s Fashion Week recently as a taste of things to come. So what’s next for Jay-Aeron? “I want to make a name for myself as a make-up artist, and with a lot of social events coming up I am under pressure to top the outfit I wore at the NAMAS, so that is very exciting - but mostly I want to become a fashion icon and continue breaking gender barriers. “You can follow Jay- Aeron on byjayaeron MODELLING Crayfish beauties and brains coveted ramp Crayfish beauties, brains… Miss Crayfish 2018 Nelly Frans flanked by 1st Princess, Lucia Kapolo (left) and 2nd Princes, Lee-Ann Moses (right). Tuulikki Abraham What a night, May 27! Especially for the 14 young beauties and brainswho walked down the catwalk to show case their beauty and brains. It was a night of glitz and glamour, as the 14 girls vied for the Miss Crayfish 2018 crown. And as if the crown itself was no enough, there came a special crown in the person of artistm,The Dogg bracing the event with an outstanding performance. Nally Frans walked away with the Miss Crayfish crown, with Lucia Kapolo as her 1st Princess, Leigh-Ann Moses 2nd Princess and Frieda Dreyer as Miss Personality. Frans could hardly hold back her joy and excitement at winning the crown. She felt such would complete her persona besides giving her various opportunities which she didn’t have before. She attributes her triumph to her lessons and sacrifices, past and present. “I feel this year’s pageant was wellplanned, the town council has done a very good job, apart from the stalls and exhibitions, people there were very welcoming, and the town was packed with tourists and our people from different towns”, states Frans. She encourages fellow contestants who didn’t make it, to never give up, but to rather focus on building themselves as models to after their dreams. “They should always pray as prayer is very important in everything we do,” says she. Lucia Kapolo,the 1st Princess is also very excited about her title stating that it is indeed an honour and privilege to have this title, seeing this is as one of her greatest achievements ever. Lucia adds that she is very impressed with the pageant as it was enjoyable and memorable. “For the girls that didn’t win anything, it does not end here, life goes on and everyone is meant to shine in their own time. I just want to encourage them to [push] harder and achieve their dreams and continue [working on] their weaknesses while perfecting their strengths. They should not give up but continue improving themselves to become aspirations and epitomes of people who perfect themselves by allowing all challenges and opportunities in life.”

Friday, May 11 2018 | NEW ERA entertainment 19 CULTURE Staff Reporter The Setswana group that does cultural poetry and songs fully realise it is still a long way before their dream of elevating poetry as well as Setswana culture is realised in Southern Africa. Hence, this group from Botswana is embarking on a tour of the entire 15 countries in Southern African Development community (SADC, presenting Setswana poems, cultural performances, dances and music. Founder, Moroka Moreri, says on May 11 and 12, the band will be in Namibia for the rebranding of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s Tsetswana language radio station. Moreri has had a relationship with this station for some time now and has been a regular call-in guest to help promote the language in that country. This year though, the main focus would be celebrating culture and taking poetry to the people through music festivals. Moreri has forged relations with various stakeholders who will work with them in celebrating Setswana Culture. “Culture is broad and it should be MODELLING Exporting Setswana culture celebrated by all. We believe that the church can be instrumental in driving our culture values, and it can help in the celebration of our culture, either through our food, artefacts and crafts,” says Moreri. Cresta Hotels, he says, has also come on board and they are organising Letlhafula Day for the hotels, targeting the whole of SADC. “We have already started planning Letlhafula Day with Cresta Phikwe this May. The event is highly likely to boost tourism in the country, being an event hosted by a hotel. Setswana cuisine will be offered on the day and people will get to enjoy our local music as well as our poetry.” Another culture day is billed for August in Maunatlala, which will be the second since last year. Moreri adds that two other schools, Oodi Primary School and Tsholofelo Primary school, are also working with the organisation to host similar events. Other than culture day celebration events, Moreri says there are plans to honour some selected individuals through poems, which will be delivered to them. Radio veteran, Lesego Mohutsiwa, will have the honour of a poem being delivered to him in his home village Pinehas Nakaziko of Kanye. Another beneficiary will be a young poet, Kebarileng Advocate Keitaile of Diloro. Diloro showed great enthusiasm at last year’s Setswana/ Swedish Exchange. “He is just a young man who impressed me because he just heard about the exchange on radio and demanded transport fare from his mother to send him all the way to Male model striving for uplifting of modeling industry The 23-year-old male model, actor and radio presenter, Tove Jeomba Kangotue says he is working towards uplifting the modeling industry in the country. Crowned Mr University of Namibia (Unam) in 2015, and having a cat-walking stint at the Windhoek Fashion Week last year, he says he want to penetrate the African market, to team up with may local designers such as Ingo Shanyenge, House Up and coming… Model, Tove Jeomba Kangotue, is striving towards uplifting the modeling industry. Photo: Contributed Gaborone to join us. The mother then contacted us and we received him, he joined us and even presented a poem while here,” Moreri says. His band, Nkokowe, will also have an active year promoting his debut album, Nkokowe. The tour will also extend to Sefhophe, Mogoditshane, Molepolole and Orapa among others, and South of Poulton, Taati Sibolele and Nineteen April (XIX APRIL) to promote his brand. “I appreciate the fact that we have recently found the value of collaboration amongst other models and artists in the industry. This is important as we are not individuals anymore, but we become one under the umbrella of that specific project, hence developing our industry,” says Tove. Also nominated as the Favorite Male Model of the Year at the Simply You Lifestyle and Fashions Awards last year, he says the reason why the industry is not growing in Namibia is because models are not well funded, hence the lack of funds to pay models and performers what they deserve. “Namibia has a lot of talented models but they are undervalued and they can’t even Setswana culture... The Setswana group, Nkokowe, based in Botswana that does cultural poetry and songs, will be touring the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including Namibia on May 11 and 12. Photo: Contributed Africa at Mafikeng Recreation Centre on September 15 where they will share the stage with Culture Spears. Finally, the band will end the tour in November at Mmakanke where the country’s greatest artists will share the stage with them alongside the Motlhaolosa poets. The artists include Sereetsi and the Natives, Lizibo and Culture Spears amongst others. make modeling a career.” His dreams is to become one of Americas top models. “But now I just really want to attend fashion weeks all over Africa and get to learn different languages, eat great food and just be a creative.” Tove was born and raised in the capital. This year he obtained his first qualification from the University of Namibia, an Honors degree in Media and English studies. He started his modeling career in 2014. “The adrenaline of stepping on stage is always a drug I find breathtaking, in addition to being able to bring the designers/directors’ story to life and be part of the creative process. I am a creative by heart and I love challenging myself to try new characters every time I’m on the ramp/stage or in front of a camera.” MUSIC UB40 are coming back to SA Red Red Wine is just one of the many UB40 hits that South African radio stations play to this day – and now the band themselves are returning to South Africa as part of their 25th anniversary tour. Original band members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are the most successful UK reggae band yet, having been at the top of their game since 1979. After a hiatus, the musicians got back together in 2013 and started touring again to perform their classic hits such as Kingston Town, (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You, Homely Girl, and Cherry Oh Baby alongside new songs. In 2014, they released their critically acclaimed Silhouette album, and there are plans for another new studio album later this year. UB40 have toured extensively in Europe and the Americas and played in countries as diverse as Nigeria, Dubai and Papua New Guinea. Earlier this year, they performed songs from their Labour of Love albums on a sell-out arena tour in the UK. “We’ve had an outstanding three years on the road,” says Campbell. “In America, we’re playing huge venues that we last visited 20 years ago. For me, it’s all about promoting reggae. At the end of the day, fans don’t care about what goes on behind the scenes. “They only care about the music, and that’s what we’re giving them. We’re having a great time and we’re doing it in style.” They are in Capre Town on May 15 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, in Durban at the Durban ICC on May 17 and in Pretoria at the Sun Arena, Time Square on May 19. UB40... They got you, babe Image: Supplied

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