Zim designer shines in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM - Award-winning Zimbabwean designer Ishmael Tsakatsa flew the country’s flag high at the three-day Swahili Fashion Week which ended in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Tsakatsa’s Zargue’sia brand got the chance to be showcased alongside some designs by some of Africa’s best.

The 24-year-old’s designs of whites, reds and gold left the audience in awe.

“My collection is inspired by the book titled The Power of Your Mind by Chris Oyakhilome.

“I am just so relieved that I managed to showcase and I hope the audience loved it. There is so much pressure involved in participating,” said the rising designer.

Tsakatsa is hopeful that his participation in the Swahili Fashion Week will help him break into the East African market.

“I applied to showcase at the event when I saw the call for submissions. I feel this is a great platform for me to show my designs in a new market. The East African market would be great to penetrate. My next targets are South Africa and France,” he said.

Tsakatsa added that his Zargue’sia brand is associated with Christianity.

“It exudes the effulgence of God’s beauty and love. It is an allure of elegance, opulence and a romanticism of royalty. The brand is a reflection of the aesthetic inner beauty and grace in a man and woman of affluence and excellence.

“The Zargue’sia Woman is that woman that adorns her femininity with flair. She is that virtuous woman of affluence who takes pleasure in clothing that depicts pure timeless elegance.

“Her sense of style is conservative and gracious yet sophisticated and dramatic while the Zargue’sia Man is debonair man who embraces his masculinity with sartorial elegance and style. He is a man who is fashion-forward, sophisticated and urbane whereas he displays a character and personality of a suave gentleman who is self-assured and a man of honour and respect,” said Tsakatsa.

GWERU - Midlands State University (MSU) student Tafadzwa Mhuru — popularly known as Meister — is set to release a double album that features two distinct musical genres.

The emerging rapper, better known for his songs Hakuna Mumwe and the self-titled Tafadzwa, said he was slowly maturing in his musical journey which began seven years ago and his upcoming album proves he has what it takes to fight for honours in the highly-competitive industry.

“The album is predominantly hip-hop with RnB as a supporting genre and one Afro-pop track called Inini Newe, just a special request from my fans to give them something to dance to,” he said.

The Kambuzuma-born 22-year-old rapper told the Daily News that his album — to be launched in March 2017 — would be preceded by a single titled Musiye Akadaro in January next year.

“I am currently working with certain promoters, that I can’t name yet, in organising a university tour, a string of free concerts and there are plans of going abroad for a cultural exchange concert. I’m legally allowed to reveal further details in 2017,” he said.

With the looming project, Meister has vowed to surpass previous productions and he insists on being relevant and inspirational to Zimbabwean youths.

“This album was supposed to be released years ago but since then it hasn’t and it has been stories and life happening,” he said adding that every musician’s day is a song-worthy experience.

“You can imagine three years of experiences. There comes a time when an artist needs to let it out to the fans as they are the closest of peers. I have reached a stage where I just need to let my life experiences out to the world and share with everyone hoping to inspire my fans in the process,” Meister added.

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