Friday, May 11 2018 | NEW ERA 22 entertainment LIFESTYLE Make-up artist… Miss Jey busy attending to a client at Beyond Beauty World. New beauty treatments, venue and products enter Busy… Jogobeth Eskiel doing a client’s nails. Pinehas Nakaziko keep up with the latest beauty trends, Beyond Beauty Word (BBW), newly re-opened, is back with a bang to offer the best and affordable national and internaional services in town. Operating from home since last August, owner of BBW, Christofine Kito Iiyambo, has launched her new beauty company with much better services, including international treatments such as brow shaping (threading, waxing, tinting and micro blading), makeup, manicure and pedicure. She is best known for her works on creating beautiful brows for the everyday woman, and her on-going motto is “walk in a room and speak volumes without ever saying a word, beauty speaks for itself.” Kito says eyebrow shaping methods are the next big thing in the industry priding themselves in offering all methods of brow shaping. She first started her beauty company in 2011, wholly Namibian owned, which has been setting trends in offering the best eyebrow shaping services in town, as well as other beauty and hair services exclusively. In 2014 they launched their first brows and make-up studio, offering brows services. But Kito says they had to close down last year as the market was very small with clients only wanting nail paintings and hairs. This forced her to start attending to clients home, operating from her garage. “At this time I started attending short courses on eye lashes and hairs. I have been mastering new techniques and I was equipped with new skills, but the market was still small,” says Kito. The new treatments necessitated her opening a new studio at 1756 Garten Street, Shop No. 1 in Ausspannplatz. The studio is set to be Windhoek’s hub for eyebrow shaping and as well as other beauty care needs helping people conquer their eyebrow challenges. It is equipped with the most superior top notch service, making it the number one spot for beauty regime. “We are not just an ordinary salon but a place away from home where you meet likeminded people and network over a complementary drink, and while enjoying the free service of WIFI as you receive your pampering service,” says Kito, adding that they are back for good. Threading services Threading, Kito says is an organic method of hair removal that leaves clients with precious, shapely eyebrows without the redness, irritation, and skin discoloration commonly associated with waxing. “It can be used anywhere on the face to remove hair. One might think that having the perfect brows is easy, but the reality is that many people with thin brows or unruly eyebrows still have trouble achieving their perfect eyebrow shape,” says Kito. The Ultimate Brow experience, on the other hand, is when a client is looking for the perfect eyebrow experience with a pencil, brow filler and powder or a long term effect like tinting or micro blading that adds colour and a fullness effect to the brows, making them to last between three days, three weeks and two years respectively. “Our expert brow team will take you through the ropes and techniques that will not only define your brows, but create the sculpted arch you’ve been missing! During your eyebrow makeup session, you will be able to select from various eyebrow shapes with the help of our expert brow artist, selecting the one that suits your facial structure the best,” she says. Jogobeth ‘Joggie’ Eskiel, is a nail technician. She is an extremely talented and knowledgeable and has been doing nail designs since 2010. Apart from attending to nails, oggie is responsible for assisting with administration and works closely alongside Kito to manage the salon. Joggie has been with the company since 2011. Judith ‘Miss Jey’ Mwinga is a professional makeup artist. The award winning Miss Jey has been in the beauty/makeup industry for over nine years. Apart from doing makeup as in-house makeup artist, Miss Jey also does the salon’s marketing and advertising. She has worked with local and international celebrities as well as public figures. Some of her corporate clients are Top Score, Pasta Polana, Standard Bank, Air Namibia and others on televisions commercials as well as billboards.
Friday, May 11 2018 | NEW ERA entertainment 23 29 FEATURE NSK ‘Vinyl is king!’: Why Kenya is having a record revival Anna Cardovillis and Fabien Muhire It was 1986. Vinyl was everywhere: From Chicago warehouses to Nigerian discotheques. In the foothills of Kenya’s highest mountain, Mount Kenya, James “Jimmy” Rugami received a broken record player -- which he fixed -- from his brother. He set off to the capital Nairobi and spent all his savings on records. Now, 32 years later, he’s Kenya’s foremost record dealer and operates Nairobi’s go-to store for African music gems. He’s a living archive of African music.”Most of the music shops were closing down because of piracy and CDs. Guys were moving to other formats of playing music. I would go buy records from those shops closing down,” says Rugami. James Rugami, the founder of stall 570. In 1989, after a few years of collecting records, Rugami opened a store at stall 570 in Nairobi’s hectic Kenyatta Market. It’s sandwiched in between meat stores and stacked high with piles of old and dusty records. It’s one of the last record stores in Kenya. The shop has experienced its ups and downs, but with the comeback of the vinyl format the heyday of record shopping doesn’t seem too far away. The golden age of vinyl James “Jimmy” Rugami, a record-collecting legend who runs Nairobi’s top vinyl store. In Nairobi’s golden age of vinyl between the 1970s and 1980s, records were being pressed by Polygram, a Dutch-German entertainment company, which later merged with Universal Music. Rugami used to DJ at discos and club nights in Kenya’s capital city. He’d travel around East Africa by car, motorbike, train and even by boat to source records and tapes. Rugami’s vinyl store is nestled amongst the meat stalls in Kenyatta Market. These days he has “point men” across the continent looking for records. In Kenya he mostly uses “boda boda” motorcycle taxis on his sourcing missions. “To get good stuff you must be sharp and actually move early. If I sniff records somewhere you will find me there within no time,” says Rugami. Record Store Day at Rugami’s shop. While global record sales have boomed, not long ago Rugami could go for months without selling a single record. A growing interest in East African music, both locally and internationally, meant Rugami was able to expand his store last year -- and he says business has doubled. “I’m happy today it’s coming back. The last nine years there has been a big renaissance and we’re getting clients from all over the world,” says Rugami. Record Store Day A key date in the calendar for Rugami, and any record-collecting obsessive, is Record Store Day, an annual day in April that celebrates independent record stores globally. On Saturday stall 570 was buzzing with customers. Rugami’s collection attracts Kenyans who want to connect with their musical heritage and dig for genres like Jazz, Blues, Desert blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul, Bhenga and Rhumba. There’s discounts for record collectors and live music played in stores. The day takes place across the continent, like in The Time Machine Zambia, a pop up vinyl and comic book store in the capital of Zambia, Lusaka, and Mabu Vinyl store in Cape Town, which was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, Searching for Sugarman, to name a few. Record collectors digging for vinyl in The Time Machine Zambia, a pop up vinyl store in the capital of Zambia, Lusaka. The owner of The Time Machine Zambia, Duncan Sodala, met Rugami online when he started collecting records and was inspired to create a store of his own. “I met Jimmy online, around the same time I started collecting. I got to learn from him how people value old African music. There are no record stores left in Zambia. We used to have presses but back in the 1980s but they all died. Now I’m the only person actively dealing in records, but it’s growing,” says Sodala. Keeping vinyl alive A record store in Cairo, Sherry’s, also expanded into a new store because of increasing demand. The main challenge for African record stores is no longer getting customers through the door, but keeping the supply up. Many vinyl presses have shutdown. This capacity to press new records, not just sell second-hand ones, is key. Contemporary artists, like Kenyan Maia Von Lekow, are now releasing albums on vinyl. Von Lekow was selling her record at Rugami’s shop on Record Store Day, the first LP of a living Kenyan artist to be stocked there since 1990s. “After listening to a lot of sixties and seventies Kenyan music, mainly on Vinyl, I just wanted to pay homage to a lot of those artists. It’s been amazing to press a vinyl as this huge resurgence is happening all over the world,” says Von Lekow, whose music blends coastal polyrhythms, funk, reggae, jazz and folk. James “Jimmy” Rugami sorts through records inside his vinyl records stall in Kenyatta Market. Across the border Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes launched an extensive vinyl series earlier this year, and has more in the pipeline. This includes early recordings from Ekuka Morris Sirikiti, a legendary 68-yearold thumb pianist from northern Ugandan. “Once pressed on vinyl you know it’s going be around for hundreds of years,” said Arlen Dilsizian, co-founder of Nyege Nyege Tapes. It wasn’t long ago vinyl looked like it was disappearing for good. “Guys have always said I’m not right upstairs for remaining with this kind of stuff,” says Rugami. Rugami stuck with it, keeping the art of vinyl alive in the digital age -- and his collection keeps growing. Africa.com Industry Loop Lazy P.R work South West Africa National Union of Namibia President, Dr Tangeni Iijambo recently said that Namibians are not lazy. Saying they are deprived of opportunities and that only a select few benefited from the country’s vast resources. I agree with the Dr to some extent. P.R departments in Namibia are lazy to a larger extent. Perfectly set up and resourced P.R departments ranging from both government agencies to private companies all have one thing in common, they are lazy and it’s costing the company thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Perfectly set up and resourced P.R departments now depend heavily on private media monitor companies. These so called media monitor companies typically include the systematic recording of radio and television broadcasts, the collection of press clippings from print media publications, and the collection of data from online information sources. Basically, they are spies of the media. If this was 1975, we would term it Impimpi! Government agencies and the private sector with perfectly set up and resourced P.R departments are heavily dependent on these Impimpi styled companies. Bleeding these Government agencies and private companies of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Information provided by these impimpi style companies in many cases do not present the full picture of what was said (TV & Radio) or written (print). You cannot have a specific cut out from a three hour radio show and present that as “they said this about your company”. Had these well set up and resourced P.R departments in government agencies and private sector had not been lazy, they would’ve, maybe, just maybe listened to the full show and thus be in a better position to present a holistic picture of what was said about the firm. But because these well setup and resourced P.R departments in government agencies, and private sector, are lazy, leaving the work to profit driven impimpi styled companies to do the job, than creates unpleasantries between personalities of the print, TV and radio space. Who in many times double as entertainers. Which basically means, because of this impimpi styled companies, many who double as entertainers, will not get gigs because well, we live in a country where people catch feelings, and instead of doing retrospection, they look to defend and attack you relentlessly. If we are talking about austerity measures, instead of running to peoples salaries, maybe we should look at what and who can do the job internally, and if this is the case, cut off these impimpi style agencies off who do nothing but bleed your coffers dry. Imagine saving all of those thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in these economic times and have the department, which in this case, the P.R departments actually start doing their job, you would have happy employees (no one getting pay cuts), happy media personalities in print, TV & Radio (who many double as entertainers). Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email email@example.com @naobebsekind (twitter)