Tamy Moyo : Tekere

Tamy Moyo has a new music video out titled Tekere.  Tamy whose full name is Thamsanqa is a Zimbabwean singer, songwriter and guitarist.  Talk about a tripple threat!  Whoever is behind her music and video production is doing an amazing job to amplify her talent.  I’m a very visual person and colour speaks to me.  Her latest video is making love to my eyes it’s sinful! She officially has a new fan!

You can check out her latest video below.

My other two favourite videos by Tamy Moyo are:

  1. Beautiful Ndozvandiri

2. Lay It Down featuring Nutty O

All I can say is she’s got international standards going on.  She’s really setting the pace for the rest of the Zimbabwean artists and I’m impressed, that time I’m the queen of criticism.  She has shut it down!

Show her some love and check out her music videos and subscribe to her YouTube Channel while you’re at it.

What are your favourite songs by Tamy Moyo?  Also what does Tekere mean?

©MaKupsy 2018

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5 Tips On How To Survive In Zimbabwe

You’re going to need survival skills if you’re going to make it out alive in Zimbabwe.  All I can say about the current situation is that…It’s A LOT.  I had a time I said to myself it’s just a phase it’s going to get better, just give it a few more weeks and all will be well.

Just yesterday I finally bumped into a lady who was selling avocados; to say I was delighted to see her is an understatement.  I’ve been craving avocados for the past few weeks but couldn’t seem to find them.  The store bought ones taste different;  I have a certain type I like and the lady I bought from happened to have exactly that.  To my surprise instead of the normal 40 cents I’m used to paying she told me that they were now going for 75 cents.  I bought the avocado grudgingly because I thought it’s just an avocado what has changed?

Sadly the current economic situation has gone from the frying pan to the fire.  Prices are changing every other day or being charged in United States Dollars in some shops that time my earnings remain in the Bond Notes currency.  Instead of sitting around worrying about how my life is going to filled with nothing but stress I’ve decided to compile a few tips for my own sanity’s sake.  I hope they will help you too and even better you can share more tips on how we’re going to ride this blustering wave.  We’re going to be making a lot of uncomfortable changes.

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Image from @ZezuruRockstar

1. Food

Did you know that bread is now going for $1.50?  It used to be a whole buck and you could actually afford to eat bread every single day.  Before you decide to deprive yourself of bread completely like I’ve done you can have a better alternative.  You know how some supermarkets make their own bread?  Yes, that loaf of bread is way cheaper and goes for a cool 80 cents.  Who needs sliced bread when you have a bread knife at home or you can ask the bakery section of the supermarket to slice it for you once you choose the loaf you want?

You can extend this approach to other things as well. If you were buying meat for $15 before just buy for that amount and be happy that you actually have meat. It could be worse…There’s always an alternative or a bargain buy, get your thinking cap on and your eyes on social media.

2. Transport

Not too many moons ago there was a fuel shortage in Zimbabwe.  I remember my friend telling me she was stressed out about the situation and my first solution was to tell her to leave her car at home and use public transport instead.  That way she wouldn’t be worried about where she would get fuel from and not be involved in traffic congestion.  The fuel is now readily available but the traffic congestion is still very much.  I’m not a fan of our mode of public transportation; commuter omnibuses.  My friend Larry calls them “death traps”.  However, they maneuver through traffic like it’s nothing and you don’t have to deal with road rage.  All you have to do is pay your fare and hope and pray you arrive alive.  If you still don’t want to try out my tip then I’ll have you know that studies suggest that…

“One of the stress triggers while driving during a traffic jam is impatience—having to wait for the traffic to move and dealing with the mistakes of other motorists on the road.  Stress, according to psychiatrist Emily Deans of Psychology Today, is a “killer disease” that makes people vulnerable to other diseases and even depression.”

Do you want a stress filled life or a happy life?  The choice is yours.

3. Entertainment 

House parties are going to become an actual thing.  When it happens tell everyone you read it from here first.  The beauty of these is there’s no entrance fee and no need to buy alcohol at some insane amount.  All you need is a homey venue, lots of ice, good company and snacks.  You’re going to have to make sure you eat before you leave the house most people can’t afford to be dishing out meals left, right and centre.  Or better yet bring your own meat and do a braai at the house, just make sure you guard the braai stand 🙂

4. Hair Care

  • Learn how to do it yourself.  I’m a pro at African Threading.  If you have internet access YouTube tutorials will soon be your best friend.
  • Change the location of where you get your hair done.  There are still places around town that aren’t charging exorbitant prices.  Out of town is your best bet, just make sure you get a referral you don’t want to get disappointed by trying out someone you don’t know.
  • If all else fails go for a big chop, it’s just hair, it will grow back.

5Make More Money

You’re going to have to figure out a way to create multiple streams of income because one is clearly not going to help you through this situation.  Look deep into your natural talents.  Are you good at a certain skill?  Then charge for it.  Do you know somewhere you can outsource something people really need and sell it a profitable amount?  Then get started on it.  Do you have an idea you’ve been meaning to implement but were too scared to try out?  Then there’s no time like the present, go out and create those avenues because the only way you’re going to enjoy spending money is when you’re making money.

*BONUS TIP* Pack your bags and sell your belongings and leave while you still can.  I don’t know where to though because most countries don’t seem to like Zimbabweans.  

My biggest concern lately is medication and I have no clue how to solve that one.  Almost all pharmacies are charging in United States Dollars.  I know we can turn to supplementing with natural herbs or prayer or both but my question is to what end?  I’d love to hear from you.  What are you doing to find calm in all this madness?

May God be with us…

©MaKupsy 2018

 

 

 

 

Day 11: Top Brands To Look Out For

Being a Zimbabwean is not the easiest things to wake up to every morning.  On Twitter we term it as “an extreme sport!”  Unemployment rate is currently sitting at 95%.  In a normal country things shouldn’t be like this.  We are going through the most; from cash shortages, to roads that are filled with potholes, parents unable to afford to take their children to school, employees not getting paid their monthly salaries, failure to access health care…the list is endless and heartbreaking and not something I would want to dive into on a Monday morning.

Most people have taken to informally employing themselves and for some it is working out well for them.  Today I want to share with you what some young entrepreneurs are doing in Zimbabwe to keep themselves afloat during this very trying time.

Retail Apparel 

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Avo Apparel by Kudakwashe Juta

From a young age I had a keen interest in drawing, I would scribble on desks, walls, chalk boards notebooks.  I wasn’t good with numbers but I would always connect with shapes and understand infographics more than digits.   At age 17 my older brother and I taught ourselves graphic design on a desktop computer that had an 8gig hard drive, it was super slow and we had no tutorials, this was a year before YouTube even existed.  We had to figure out the software through trial and error. I would then develop and design my own brands even through college and fail and start over again and again until I started reading up on professional textiles printing, networking with international screen printers online until I had become a master of the game.  It was then that I realised it could turn into something real that had the power to change the industry.   I started seeing it as a business opportunity.

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At age 26 I quit my job to pursue textiles printing full time but I didn’t have bulk production equipment; so I had to work as a freelance designer for almost two years till I was able to get my first machine through the help of a long time friend called Denis Hozheri.  After  3 failed attempts at starting a retail apparel brand I told myself I would get it right if I kept on trying.   It was then that I came  up with the Avo Apparel brand which I developed for nearly a year doing almost 30 designs only to start with 2. The brand was launched in July 2014 and got great online reception which to me was a sign of potential.   However, I had to put everything on hold for nearly 9months because I didn’t want to do door to door and boot sales, I wanted a shop!  The shop opened for business in February 2015 and by then I only knew the printing side and had to learn the manufacturing side of the business and 4 months after we opened the shop we pretty much controlled almost all of our entire production processes. Besides retail I also do Corporate Wear through my company called “Inklab”, we’ve worked with reputable brands such as Tanganda, DHL, NetOne, Ernst and Young, KPMG, City of Harare, Institute of Chartered Accountants Zimbabwe, African Sun, Telone, and Old Mutual.

Follow us on social media and be part of our journey;

Facebook: @inklabzimbabwe

Instagram: @inklabzim

Twitter – @inklabzim

Make sure you get in touch with Kuda for all things retail apparel. 

 

Hair Accessories

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Hair piece and Earrings by Ndini Fugu $10

Unemployment inspired me to start on this journey!  I used to make my own accessories after I found it hard to find exactly what I was looking for. People started inquiring about where I got them from and if I could make them some customised pieces.  I saw an opportunity to turn my hobby into a profitable business.

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Customised Bag by Ndini Fugu $12 each

I have only recently started a few months back but it has been nothing short of a blessing it couldn’t have gone any better.  People still don’t believe I make the accessories myself, actually they still don’t believe it!  The first question I always asked was “are you really the one who made this?” In order to claim ownership of my products I termed my brand “Ndini”.  My hair accessories range from $1 to $10 so there is definitely something to suit your pocket.  You can get my accessories from ISU collections in Eastlea and I also work per order and deliver if it’s not too far out of town.  You can check out my work on social media from these links:

Instagram: @ndini_byfugu

Facebook: @ndinibyfugu

Ladies if you need something to make your hair pop then she is definitely the person to hook you up!  Gents, surprise your girl with something cute and artsy crafty just because it’s Monday. 

Culinary Services 

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I grew up loving to cook and the BBC Food Channel was my all time favourite and I would spend time swooning on Ainsley Harriots dishes and Nigela Lawson’s sweet treats. I was a Brownie and a Girl Guide and I remember even then it was the cooking competitions that we would always win with me leading my team. After high school I went on to study Culinary Arts and I have been in the industry since then.

The food industry has allowed me to visit diffrent countries and given me the oppourtunity to study in the culinary capital of the world Paris at one of the most renowned culinary schools Le Cordon Bleu. That has allowed me to have an appreciation of international cuisine and which I have since fused with local dishes to create incredible bespoke menus for my clients.

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Mozarella and grilled cherry tomato bruschetta

Food is always good business and economically it’s one business that will always thrive no matter how good or bad the economy is. I would like to see more professional culinary schools opening in Zimbabwe with Internationally recognised Diplomas and Certificates.

I’m on social media and you can find me on:

Twitter: @Dananai_C

Instagram: @chef_dananai

Facebook: @ChefDananai

If you want to have top notch meals for an event or any special occasion, Dananai does bespoke menus after a consultation.

*Bonus Brand To Watch Out For!*
“My Zim Hustle” is an educational campaign about investment on the capital markets. They are trying to increase people’s knowledge about the stock market and other investment opportunities available. If you are looking to having multiple income streams and not just depend on your month to month salary from your job then be sure to be a part of My Zim Hustle. For more information contact them on www.myzimhustle.co.zw

I’m a firm believer that you can do anything that your mind conceives.  Even though there as so many negative things happening in Zimbabwe some positive and productive ventures are taking shape.

What are some of the brands that are making noise in your country?  Perhaps you initiated a programme of sort within your community that has spread like wild fire?  Tell me more about it, I would love to hear from you.

©MaKupsy 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7: Lose Yourself In My Top 10 Zimbabwean Songs

Music makes me happy.  It’s my go to place when I need something to evoke different emotions within me.  From getting myself in a good mood, going for my morning run, dancing with my daughter, unwinding after a long day at work…music is art!

I have always been a fan of music but it was mostly international music.  It was only in the early 2000’s that a genre titled “Urban Grooves” emerged that I started paying attention to our local music.  It was advocated that all local radio stations were to play 75% local content by local artists.  What I loved was that most of the artists sang in Shona, bonus!!!  Back then music was soulful, it was rich and high school boys would use that to their advantage and dedicate songs to their potential girlfriends on radio and automatically had almost every high school going child tuned in to listen in case you got a “dedication.” These are the times where song books and auto books were a big hit but that’s a story for another day.  They were still good times indeed!

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Photo Credit EXQ (@exq_papi) Instagram

Enter 2005 a new genre of music appeared on the scenes, ZimDancehall.  Can you believe that nearly 12 years later it’s still going strong and racking in listeners both young and old?  What I love about ZimDancehall is that the artists are telling their story as it is, there is no sugar coating there.  They sing their truth!  However, ZimDancehall is not everyone’s cup of tea and some people criticise it stating that it is shallow.  What some people don’t realise is that it is the day to day reality of a group of people whose existence we don’t like to acknowledge but form a large part of our culture (our real CULTURE not our traditional).  The fact that we keep shunning issues that are on the ground is probably part of the reason why some people are failing to be themselves.

Please be friends with YouTube to get to watch the videos or listen to the audios.  Below is a list of my top 10 favourite tracks in no particular order; straight out of the heart of Zimbabwe, please note that the genres vary.

  1. Nhema: ExQ and Killer T
  2. Ndipe Rudo: Sani Makhalima
  3. Penge Penge: Tytan
  4. Million Reasons: Prayersoul
  5. 25: Winky D
  6. Pain Killer: Stunner
  7. Alleluya: Roki and ExQ
  8. Ndiyende: Celscius
  9. Wakandipedzera Nguva Yangu: Selmor Mtukudzi
  10. Dai Zvaibvira: Killer T

I asked an artist and friend, Prayersoul his thoughts on the music industry in Zimbabwe;

There is no fixed structure in Zimbabwe for people to know what’s hot and what’s not.  For example, the reason we all know about Cassper Nyovest is because of Channel O, Trace Africa, MTV Base and all the other music channels available on DSTV.  They have a strong media presence and this gives consumers access to them.  If Cassper Nyovest does a video it will go to different fans from Africa, South Africa alone has nearly 55 million people!  He has demand and can send out emails to African promoters to let them know he will be in their country if they want to book a show.  Zimbabwe musicians are not getting this type of exposure.  If there was one channel that we all watched in Zimbabwe and it wasn’t Dstv; think a Zimbabwe “Dstv”.  Then everyone in the industry wanting to grow and get popular would try and get on it and viewers will get to know who is who and increase their chances of bookings.

What is your favourite music genre in your country?  Have there been any collaborations that have gone international?  What do you like or dislike about the music from your country?

©MaKupsy 2017

Women Need Help Too!

I have a serious bone to chew with whoever comes up with some of these things.  Don’t get me wrong I am all for taking care of your other half but lately I have been wondering.  Who takes care of the woman once a couple gets married?  Our culture expects the woman to bend and break for her husband.  From cooking, cleaning, making sure the house is in order, being intimate with him as many times as she can take it, taking care of the children, showing up for funerals, family functions, taking in in-laws…the list is endless.  In all this you are bound to ask yourself what the man will be doing in this equation.  The answer is easy really.  He will be sitting in front of the TV watching who knows what and relaxing all day long.  Basically the man does nothing.  Before you get all worked up it’s obvious its not ALL MEN who are like that, but in our culture most men are.

I am going to keep this post as short as possible so that it doesn’t turn into a man bashing rant.  What I would like to know is who is taking care of the woman in all this?  After a long days work she is expected to get home, prepare supper, make sure the children have done their homework and a whole list of other things married people do.  Would it kill the husband to actually cook once in a while if he got home before the wife?  If he isn’t much of a cook maybe pile up the dishes nicely, boil the meat, chops onions and tomatoes (do something) so that when the wife gets home she can start from somewhere and not feel like a slave who has to wait hand and foot for her husband.  Maybe my way of thinking is crazy but it would make the world a better place if people worked as a team.  Heck, women get tired too they are not energizer bunnies who just keep going and going.

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Image from Google

I know a man who is reading this and saying to himself “But I pay all the bills around the house and she doesn’t have to worry about the financial side of things”  Well yes, thank you for doing a great job mister, but it’s not always about the money.  It’s about the small things that make a woman feel a whole lot more appreciated for everything she does.

Our culture has a long way to go…  If by any chance a man is seen by his friends or relatives helping around the house (there are very few of these by the way) he is considered weak and chances are his wife fed him a love potion so that he can do as she pleases with him.  Wrong thinking right there.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing tasks.  It actually makes for a better home and chances of getting more sex because “I am tired” won’t be featuring in the wife’s’ list of excuses.

Teamwork people teamwork!

But then again, I’m not married, what would I know about the ins and outs of a marriage?  It wouldn’t hurt to consider it though, I am sure your wife would be happy to see you do something to make tasks around the house a little easier.

What are your honest thoughts on this subject?  I know not everyone will agree with my line of thinking so I would love to hear from you.

©MaKupsy 2017

My Relationship With Food

I used to have a very dysfunctional relationship with food until I realised that food was actually not the enemy.  I went on extreme diets at the start of my journey.  I remember I went through a phase where I would not eat a filling supper and settle for a fruit or a small tin of yoghurt.  The plan was to lose weight fast and if I wanted that to happen I was going to starve myself until I got to my goal weight.  BAD IDEA!  I only ended up overeating the next day to compensate for not eating the night before.  As you can obviously imagine I ended up gaining weight instead of actually losing it.  After that I ditched trying to diet and decided I would try something else…

Personally, “dieting” has not worked for me and over the years I have managed to maintain my personal weight range effortlessly through eating filling and nutritious meals.  Please note that I LOVE my food very dearly, it is the fuel I need to keep running every other day.  I will share my typical meals for a day.

Morning

Before I leave the house I have any fruit in season.  I am currently enjoying a selection ofbananas, oranges, naartjies and apples.

Mid morning I have black tea with lemon(I love lemons I sometimes eat them as is).  I pair my tea with a sandwich.  The sandwich fillings vary from eggs, avocado, margarine, marmalade, peanut butter.  Whatever tickles my fancy really.

 

Afternoon

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Peanut Butter Rice, Vegetables and Meat Image from Zimbokitchen

 

Sadza rezviyo, any white meat, vegetables.  I cannot stomach a meal without vegetables.  The food won’t make sense without it.  I am not a fan of red meat mainly because when I was pregnant the aroma of beef made me feel like throwing up and unfortunately for me years later it still has the same effect.  ANYWAYS, I was saying;  I make sure I eat a filling lunch because I know I will be up and about all day and my food will get to be digested and used up during the day.

*Zviyo is good for you because: it has low GI, more fibre, tastes infinitely better, grain meant for human consumption not cattle feed and it’s an indigenous grain.*

Mid afternoon snack On days my lunch is not so filling I opt to snack on some roasted peanuts or maputi and down that with a glass of water.

Evening

Mushroom stew, vegetables and a small portion of sadza or rice.  When I am training for an event of sort I try and make sure I have filling meals.  I save the grilled meat and a salad for supper for days I am not doing any intense workouts or when the next day is a Rest Day.

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Image from Zimbo Kitchen

I make sure I take my time to prepare delicious meals and not compromise on the quality.  My go to place when it comes to looking up easy to make recipes is Zimbo Kitchen ;ever since I bumped into her website my kitchen experience has been the best ever!  You should visit her site and try out one or two recipes, I promise you won’t go wrong.

5 Tips To Make Food Your Friend:

  1. Be yourself.  Don’t try and hop onto a cabbage diet just because your friend is doing the same.  Do what works for you.
  2. Do what keeps you sane.  I know for a fact that starving myself for supper is a BIG NO and I will not be doing that anytime soon I would like to have a good nights sleep thank you very much.
  3. Do what you can afford.  Some of the available “diets” are actually expensive.  I can’t even begin to imagine how much coconut rice goes for in Zimbabwe.
  4. Do something you can do forever.  Personally, my eating habits are something that I know I can sustain.  If I travel I will still be able to have basic meals and not have to start going about town looking for specific foods.
  5. Eat when you are hungry.  Too often you eat just because your body is programmed to eat at that particular time.  Sometimes you have to ask yourself if it’s food you actually want or it’s your internal alarm reacting to something it is used to.  It’s really okay not to gobble down food all the time.

As you can see, I actually eat with portion control in mind.  I don’t conform to “diets” because I strongly believe that my body needs fuel and the majority of the diets that I have tried have left me hungry and unhappy.  I eat so that I can exercise and I exercise so that I can eat. Everything in moderation goes a long way.  I do not deprive myself of the things that I want to eat or drink (we will talk about this soon) because I believe fitness is a journey that should be enjoyed and not endured.

How are your eating habits?  Do you look forward to the meals that you plan for yourself?  Where did you get the current diet that you are on and how is it working for you so far?

Stay logged onto my Health and Fitness Journey Series Episode 5 will be live on Tuesday at 9:00am.  I will be sharing tips on DIY Fitness.  You don’t want to miss this!

Fitness Bae®

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Keep A Fitness Journal

I started using a fitness journal at the start of this year.  I don’t recall who introduced me to it but once I do I will thank them profusely.  Owning a fitness journal has been one of the best things that has happened to me so far.  I wish I had known about it earlier on my journey but it’s never too late right?  I want to share this idea with you and hopefully you will take it on and see just how much of a world of difference a fitness journal will make.

You will need:

  • A notebook
  • A pen or pencil
  • A highlighter or two with colours of your choice
  • Time

Once you have everything in place sit down be friends with your fitness journal. Write down a plan of your exercise routine for the week or the month depending on your needs.  I usually plan weekly and take it from there.  Below is my fitness journal, as you can see my handwriting is not the best in the world and I hope you can read parts of it.  I took a picture of my plan from the month of April.

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April Plan

According to Fitness Bae you should keep your fitness journal somewhere you won’t miss it.  I keep mine on my dressing table because that’s one area I use on a daily basis.  Other places you can also keep your fitness journal include but are not limited to your bathroom mirror, your bedside, your fridge or as a book marker in a book you read everyday and your phone.  You don’t necessarily have to keep a whole book with you, just tear out a page and stick it where you see it all the time. 

Let’s get to why I am making a whole lot of noise about why you should have a fitness journal.

Advantages

  1. You can track your progress.
  2. You will feel bad for not exercising when you get back to your plan and notice you haven’t done a single thing for two straight days!
  3. You will push yourself to perform better.  For example, the month of April started off pretty well for me but towards my birthday most parts of my exercise programme went downhill and by the time I started May I pushed myself harder.
  4. You have a constant exercise reminder.
  5. You take note of your strengths and weaknesses and find ways of improving.
  6. You get organised.  I have personally found that if one area of your life starts getting organised the rest of will follow suit.
  7. You, you and you can use a fitness journal! Most people automatically assume that a fitness journal is for someone who wants to track progress for weight loss but guess what?  You can use it for weight loss, weight gain and weight management as well.  Everyone can use it.

Disadvantages

  1. You can misplace your fitness journal and your whole life will lose meaning.  You can actually feel lost without it.

I clearly need a new fitness journal by the way and I will get my hookup from Tafadzwa Bete who has beautiful customised daily organisers called the #GoalGetterPlanner. The planner helps you translate your dreams and resolutions into SMART goals then do quarterly reviews of progress and as a daily reminder of what you set out to do for the year.  What’s not to love?

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Order your GoalGetter Planners through Abigail on 0735341030 or Tusso on 0774164689

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GoalGetter Planner

The long and the short of it is that if you want your fitness journey to run smoothly you need to have a plan.  You can’t just wake up one morning and start doing random exercises without taking note of what is or isn’t working for you.  You also need to consult your doctor before making any drastic physical changes in your life because many times people go and overt rain and end up doing more harm than good.

I hope you start journaling your fitness journey.  If you want to see results then a fitness journal is a must have.

Do you have a fitness journal?  If not, what are you waiting for??

Stay logged onto my Health and Fitness Journey Series on Episode 3 will be live on Tuesday at 9:00am.  I will be showing you my Running Gear.

Fitness Bae®

 

Running & Photography

Just before the winter came in full swing, towards the end of the month of May, Fitness Bae introduced us to the the Winter Challenge. When she told us about it I thought it would be fairly easy. Running 2K a day when you are used to running 4K to 5K was obviously going to be a breeze right? I was sure I would smash this challenge. It turns out that leg raises are not the easiest thing on the planet! It was in all this difficulty that my best friend Onai  decided to add a new angle to the challenge.

It started out as a silent competition between the two of us.  The challenge was simple.  We wanted to see who would have the cooler image accompanying their Nike+Running Club stats.  The pictures had to be images we had taken ourselves.  Simply because it’s in our nature we went on to create a challenge in the midst  of another challenge!

A collection of our images below:

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onai reduce

archie minato

onai escape

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The winter challenge continues and we are seeing more people quietly jump onto the #WinterPicChallenge (maybe we should make this a hashtag) and give more life to the already exciting winter challenge.

Archie

Man Crush Monday : Chef Takura

Every woman wants a man who can cook; okay I lie, I love a man who can cook so I will speak for myself on this one.  Imagine getting home to a meal prepared with nothing but tender loving care by your one and only.  Chef Takura (hello beard gang) took some time out to share spinets of his story with me and you can read all about it below.

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Chef Takura

I have always loved cooking, working in hospitality made the choice easier.

My favorite meal changes so often. I am into soups at the moment. I also always love making pizza and pasta from scratch because they are so versatile for toppings and sauces!!
I currently work at Forest Hills Resort as the Managing Director.  I love building and making our product better. Sadly I have very little time to cook. (There goes my dream to have a Chef Bae!)  Forest Hills is a beautiful location many places to hike and enjoy nature.
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Forest Hills

Being the wine lover that I am I couldn’t resist asking him on his thoughts on food and wine…
Pairing food and wine was my last job in Australia where I was the Head Sommelier (a wine waiter) at a Modern European Bistro. Pay attention to the weight of the dish as well as flavour. A hearty beef dish will go better with a full bodied red wine and a light spicy Asian dish would go better with a lighter white wine. Experiment a lot and see what your palette enjoys!!!
I do try and exercise as much as I can. The nice thing about living on a mountain is that EVERY walk has an incline!! I also like to swim and skip.
I have just gained a little more fitness and I get to see the area and take loads of nature photos.  The greatest challenge I have had so far when it comes to exercising is making time and there is no one to work out with out here.  Chef Takura needs to read about the benefits of running alone.  However, I do enjoy running, I will start running when I get someone to chase me!
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Shakshuka or eggs in rich tomato sauce

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Grilled Crumbed Fish Fillets with home made mayonnaise and pineapple salsa!

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Beef Fried Rice

You can get in touch with Chef Takura on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with his mouth watering meals and beautiful views that he constantly shares on social media.
©MaKupsy 2017

Album Review : While I Was Away (Prayersoul)

Music is the art of thinking with sounds. – Jules Combarieu

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Prayersoul

I had made one too many promises to attend one of Prayersoul’s events but last Friday I told myself that come what may I was going to go and watch his live performance.  The venue was well laid out with a comfortable sitting area, drinks that were reasonably priced and a bonfire to keep us warm because winter nights are not being very friendly at the moment. (well thought out if you ask me) Prayersoul was interactive with the intimate crowd throughout his performance.  That makes a world of difference because not only did he get to play his music he also took time to share his story with his biggest fans.  I found that to be one of the outstanding things about the whole show.  I got myself a copy of his new album While I Was Away and I could not wait to get home and have a listen.  Attending this do was my highlight of the week, I didn’t regret it at all.  It was a beautiful experience and you should have been there!

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While I Was Away is Prayersoul’s Second Album.  The NeoSoul musician released his 10 Track album early this year.  The album genre is mainly NeoSoul but it has a blend of a lot of African Nuances in percussion, guitars, rhythm, and vernacular lyrics in most songs but clearly all soulful.  I listened to his album all weekend long and I must say, I was not disappointed.

I already have not one but four favourite tracks from his album and you should have a listen.

Track 3: Uxolo

This was a pleasant surprise.  I didn’t realise that Prayersoul was a Bulawayo boy! Nothing wins me as much as listening in to music that has vernacular lyrics.  English is alright no doubt but vernacular always brings the message home.  In this track he sings about forgiveness.

Track 4 : Million Reasons

My mind went back in time.  It reminded me of the days when love was honest, pure, no games and you were not afraid to be vulnerable.  Remember that time you could sit down with your partner and count the many ways why they meant the world to you?  We are now living in times where you have to extremely guard your heart because you have no idea what the next person’s intentions are.  This is something a lot of people can relate to, when you get your hands on his album make sure this is one of the first tracks you listen to.

Track 5: Go

Screaming!!! The moment I listened to this my mind went straight to Zumba.  It has a Samba feel to it.  I have added it to my running playlist.  I already have a mental image of what the music video would look like.  Women in short dresses, men in tight pants and shirts unbuttoned down to reveal their chests, everyone sweating from all the dancing, smokey room by the beach and some men seated and enjoying the music while smoking some cigars!!  It will be a great setup to go with this track that was clearly made for dancing.

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Prayersoul

After listening to this album one three many times and obviously annoying the heck out of my neighbours I finally got a chance to read through his shout outs.  What pulled at my heart strings was his last shout out that he gave to his wife, Nadine.  You know how they say you always save the best for last…It is beautiful to watch couples celebrate and support each other especially on a creative journey that a lot of people do not understand.

Thanks to attending his live show I got to find out a few things I didn’t know about Prayersoul.

  • He writes his own songs.
  • His favourite social media space is Facebook.
  • He was born in Bulawayo.
  • He moved to Masvingo for High School and University education.
  • He plays a little bit of bass guitar and a bit of piano.
  • He has a BSc in Social Sciences.  When he was looking for a job he would occasionally perform and he started getting calls for his performances.  He never got a call for any of the CVs for his Degree.  He started getting paid for his performances and that became his job.
  • He facilitates for guitar lessons for age groups starting 4.5 years to as old as possible, watch his social media for details.
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Prayersoul & MaKupsy 🙂

Upcoming Events…

Look out for promo events featuring Prayersoul at Chez Zandi , Organiks and a couple of Prayersoul launch concerts and these are mainly to connect with his fans before he travels out of the country.

You can keep in touch on any of his social media pages:

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. Twitter
  4. www.prayersoul.com
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my signed copy 🙂 USD5

This is my first album review and I can safely rate 8 out of 10 for While I Was Away.   You have to do yourself a favour and attend one of his events, his live performances are captivating.  You know I always recommend quality things and this album will be worth your money, trust me.  If you are looking for an album that will soothe your soul and take you to a happy place then you’re in luck!  Prayersoul is a talented man and I wish him all the beautiful things on his creative journey.  Keep making soulful music Mr Soul!

Prayersoul says the best advice he ever got when he was starting out on his journey was that you need to find out what makes you unique because everyone else is already doing the same thing that you are doing.  Find your Africanness! 

©MaKupsy 2017