Introducing Rudo Loves and 7 wonders

HARARE - This week I had the great opportunity of meeting and speaking to Mukunda M’Tandari, the lady behind Rudo Loves Creative Inc.

Created in 2014, Rudo Loves is a fully integrated London-based company that concentrates on merging fashion, music and art by promoting and marketing African creatives via campaigns, productions and media platforms.

Rudo Loves started as a result of Mukunda’s love for “arty” culture since she was regularly involved in gigs, art exhibitions, and theatre and fashion shows.

Through these endeavors, Mukunda started networking emboldened by the determination to help African creatives ascend to the next level.

Mukunda’s passion lies in helping and steering people in the right direction and is passionate about linking Africa and the rest of the world.

She is currently working with upcoming Zimbabwean songstress Tamy Moyo and afro-fusion band Gwenga with the intention of making them more visible outside the borders of Zimbabwe.

From left to right: Nyasha 7 Wonder, Chashe, Baison Kuguwe, Mukunda

Rudo Loves, which also has designers and filmmakers such as Namure Aibangbee under its wings, recently collaborated with Velvet and Rose London, an upcoming bespoke jeweler based in the United Kingdom (UK).

Rudo Loves main mission is to promote upcoming African innovation through linking African artists and the diaspora community with Zimbabwe.

The ultimate aim is to create a wide network base that will enable them to develop the Zimbabwe’s creative talent and assist them build sustainable business partnerships.

Nyasha Mafuba, the creative director at 7 Wonders Artistry, a company providing hair styling and make up services, is part of this partnership.

7 Wonders artistry is a creative company established in 2014 specialising in hair, make up and beauty. Guided by their philosophy ‘Create, Enhance, Transform’, the company believes in the power of a creative mind and the passion of the heart of both themselves and their client base.

They aim to create unique ideas and concepts tailored to each individual they work with; enhance the natural beauty and features of our female clientele and transform more than you thought you could be.

This is achieved by working closely with their clients from start to finish.

The first seed of 7 Wonders Artistry journey was planted unknowingly in 2013 following a photoshoot with Zimbabwe-born and UK-based musician Shingai Shonhiwa of the Noisettes for the Stylish Living Magazine.

Thereafter 7 Wonders Artistry and Rudo Loves ,worked on Awilo Longomba’s video Bundelele and Ireland- based Zimbabwean songstress Kyriah Dee.

They were also part of the styling team for United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean Afro-pop artiste Chashe Musarurwa-McTaggart at last year’s Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.

When asked about the partnership between 7 Wonders Artistry and Rudo Loves, Nyasha said “We do what we do not just because of our individual passions and skills but we have the firm belief that by working with and uniting other African creatives, especially Zimbabweans, we cannot only raise the Zimbabwean flag high in the world of fashion and the arts but we can also set a standard that other nationalities can look at and admire.”

The duo is currently working with the young Zimbabwean film director Tatenda Jamera (http://www.tatenda-jamera.co.uk) who is currently making waves by directing videos for the likes of American musician Nicki Minaj and British artists JLS and NDubs.

Nyasha added that they are driven by the desire to work with talented artists with a drive for creative expressions who like to think outside the box.

Rudo Loves can be contacted through Facebook: http://facebook.com /RudoLoves  and Instagram and Twitter: @RudoLoves or via email enquiries@rudoloves.com

7 Wonders Artistry can be contacted through Facebook: http://facebook.com/7wondersartistry and Instagram: @7wonders_artistry.

*Rudo Nondo is the creative designer at ANAIA and founder of The Fashion Market, a market that promotes local designers. She is the country coordinator for Fashion Revolution Zimbabwe, a movement promoting ethical and sustainable fashion. Coming from a law and business background, Rudo has always been passionate about fashion and conscious consumerism and believes in fairness in the fashion supply chain.

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