Monthly Archives: April 2011

Be first and stand out in Fashion trends.

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The chitenge fabric,patterns and african beaded jewellery are fun ways to bring bring back life and add fun to your usual everyday fashion. Here are  a five must have  African ethnic pieces which are a great way to make a fashion statement.

1.Chitenge Scarves: I  find these very versatile,they can be matched on almost anything from a dress to a tank top,body tee or even a blazer jacket. It altogether adds a simple but unique touch to your look.

2.African leather sandals: these are made from either cow or goat hide and are embellished with beads.They come in really great for a stylish relaxed look over the weekend.

3.chitenge upholstered Gladiators sandals: Now this is my latest favourite discovery that i recently made while doing my just re-ignited hobby of being a retail zhombie. The basic gladiator is covered in chitenge fabric of your choice to give it an edgy african feel.i say they are a real work of art.

4.African Beaded Jewellery: They range from earrings!bracelets,earrings,rings and waist belts. They come in an assortment of eye catching beautiful colours, shapes and bead sizes to suit different outfits .so next time instead of throwing on the usual leather or elasticated belt,try a beaded one for a stand out look.

5. Chitenge Maxi dress: another of my favourite,im a huge fan of maxi dresses and even more in chitenge.this just goes to show that there is no end to the versatility of this fabric.it can be a stringed or strappless dress depending on what you prefer.

So there you have them but remember not to over do.These fashion items if worn and matced well could be a conversation starter and head turner too. Its not everyday that you see a young woman in tune with her ethnicity in her style.

By: Kay Esther Mwape

DJ Lalita, The future of Radio.

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Muiti-talented is the word which best describes her,she’s young and very ambitious.. Dj Lalita from honefm is a smart young lady,one could tell just from the way she talks(she talks alot and she really enjoys it)  She’s open-minded and very out spoken.. She’ll be turning 21 years in a few weeks and yet she has achieved so much in her life and she’s still moving mountains.She started deejaying in 2006 up to date she has never disappointed her fans. Holder of a diploma in Art and Design, Lalita is so passionate about Art,she loves writting,painting and drawing,and she’s currently working at Coeur de lion as a graphic designer.. She does’nt consider herself to be intelligent,but rather smart. To her being intelligent is an over statement. EZM is all about exclusivity,quality and standard,thats why we feature only the best.

Name: Henriett Buwalda aka DjLalita honefm..

Residence: Lusaka.

Occupation: Dj/Graphic designer.

Schools Attended: Haijpark and Tyawald high school. Zimbambwe..

 What inspired you into becoming a deejay?

Lalita.. *laughs* No one really, i just got into this industry because i love talking and for the love of music,its something that i always wanted to do and i do it to the best of my abilities..

Are you Zambian?

–  Yes.. I am zambian by birth,my parents originate from Netherlands,i spent most of my time in Zimbabwe i have a few relatives there..

 You’ve been staying alone almost your entire life,whose been guiding you on the ways of life??

– *smiles* Well,I have a few relatives in Zimbabwe and they gave me advice here and there. I am quite sturborn,I love doing things my way. I love to observe people,I grew up seeing alot of bad things happen and I believe you can only learn if you go through something bad. I am very optimistic and I really love comforting myself. When something bad happens,I just tell myself that everything happens for a reason and soon,and see the brighter side of life sooner or later things will be ok.

 
Can you speak any local language?
 
– *laughs* just a few Bemba and Nyanja words,my dad speaks Tonga,Bemba and Nyanja so well. I just dont know what happened to me.. I can speak Shona though,it sounds like Nyanja..

Are you dating?

–  Yeah.. But its quite complicated though,we have some ups and downs just like any other relationship. You know how it is when you starting dating things are all rosey,but eventually things start changing you now begin to see the real them. But we still holding on,its all good.

 

How did you come up with the name Lalita?

–  I had gone for auditions at honefm,then i won the part. I was then asked what name i wanted to be called when am on radio, i was completly blank did’nt have any name in mind,my friend Candy she’s also a dj at honefm chose the name for me. My friends love giving me names,i have so many names,my boyfriend calls me Henrri..

 One thing people dont know about you?

–  I can’t sing,i have never even tried it my voice sucks

 
 One thing you cant live without??

–  I used to think i cant live without my phone,but all that changed when i lost it.. So i would say,i can’t live without money, i love to move with a little bit of money just incase of anything..

Your greatest treasure in your closet?

–  My bangles,I never go any where without them.. I really love bangles..

 Where do you see yourself say 5 years from today?

–  I would love to see myself deejaying for a much bigger radio station and also would want to be in a serious relationship,I don’t want to get married when i am more than 30,its quiet scary..

 Which style defines you?

 Adventurous.. If theirs such a thing*laughs* i love feeling comfortable,i am so into flats,i can wear heels but my feets hurt. I believe style is not about enduring pain just so you look nice.. It’s about feeling comfortable in what you wearing. I love artistic things it’s amazing how i would turn a simple outfit into some more stylish and artistic.

 
 Challenges?

–  Time. I love to multi task,i can’t focus on one thing,I need to learn how to manage my time.Would love to do more shows.

Achievements?

–  I think having people to love what I do,has been such a great achievement, Without them am nothing.

Ideal date?

– I love sunshine,so obviously it should be during day time and it should involve milkshake,i love it.. Sight seeing or an exibition would do,i love doing things differently i am not a cliche kind of a person.

Q.. Future plans?

Lalita.. I want to study graphic designing next year.. Want to open a small graphic designing company also.. I am patient,so i wont rush into doing things. When i want to do something,i make sure i do it,it doesn’t matter how long it takes. I love lingerie,i believe every woman should feel good inside out,wearing sexy lingerie makes you feel so confident.. Would love to start designing lingerie for women.

Boutique of the week!

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There’s a ‘Hottt’ little shop you probably didn’t know existed. Right in the heart of Lusaka is a very small boutique that I bet lots of you didn’t know about, or maybe you did you just didn’t know what it’s called. its called  The Little Flower Boutique?
The Little Flower Boutique is a small, trendy boutique situated in Cairo Road (Lusaka), hidden in an array of many other boutiques in Pakati Alley just after The Lusaka Hotel.

Their clothes range from formal ladies and men’s suits to funky night out and sassy outfits, and no doubt, all those vintage inspired outfits are available!

 They have all designer clothes and accessories and all modern.The little shop is well stocked in cosmetics and accessories too!
 

 They sell clothes of high quality and order their stock from the U.K, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.
There you have it, so the next time you are from Lucys or Christinas (Cairo Road), don’t forget to pass through for a peak and just see what this little store has to offer Berg City (Lsk), as it’s called nowadays.
For pre-orders and more info contact Innocent Jesse Chitundu on 0976 967170 or Corret Kabwe Chitundu on 0977 562259. Or simply visit The Little Flower Boutique, Pakati Alley, Cairo Road, Lusaka.

 

By:Kafula Mutale

Danny- The Gold Finger

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DANNY-THE GOLD FINGER

He is regarded by many as one of Zambia’s most successful live performer. He is also referred to as the ‘’GOLD FINGER’’ by many because of his inch perfect works that he has continued to churn out in his impressive 12 year musical career. His name is Danny Siulapwa. EZM had a rare opportunity to speak to Danny as he took some time off his busy recording schedule at his MAD HOUSE STUDIO. 

“I was surprised that there was such perception. In my view there wasn’t any controversy. I was just bringing out what was happening. I remember very well how I developed the concept for that song. At that time there were a lot of songs by other musicians which were condemning women. So I sat down and asked myself if it was only our ladies who had such evil minds and I realised that even men did things that were abominable.” 

 
WHEN DID YOU START SINGING? 


– My interest in music developed way back in 1991 when I was in boarding school in Kasama. I used to play a lot of musical instruments and with time I realised that I had what it takes to make a career in music. My first song as a professional artist was aired on 16th November 1999 and it was’ MASIKU ONSE’ 

Masiku onse is one of Danny’s classic tunes which he did with another of Zambia’s successful artist Jordan Katembula otherwise known as JK. There is little room for debate that the song was well delivered and a master piece in Danny’s debut album ‘Mvelani’ His second album ‘AMALAVINGI’ saw Danny establish himself in the musical circles. His commentaries on social issues started to capture people’s attention and 12 years down the line he has continued to deliver them with so much humour and awesome imagination. 


ARE MOST OF THE SONGS THAT YOU SING REAL LIFE EXPRIENCES? 

  
– Yes they are but not my personal experiences. As a musician am like a mirror that reflects a ray that hits me. What I bring out are issues that people are going through every day and learning in my social interactions with people. 
YOU HAVE RELEASED SONGS LIKE YAKUMBOYO WHICH BROUGHT SO MUCH CONTROVERSY. 

 
– I was surprised that there was such perception. In my view there wasn’t any controversy. I was just bringing out what was happening. I remember very well how I developed the concept for that song. At that time there were a lot of songs by other musicians which were condemning women. So I sat down and asked myself if it was only our ladies who had such evil minds and I realised that even men did things that were abominable. 

“This is a morally corrupt world and I don’t want to complicate issues, it’s easy for me to have one gender type because I handle it well. It is inevitable at times that relationships can start developing within the group thus compromising the works of the team.” 

YOU WEAR THE CROWN AS A TOP PERFOMER IN L IVE MUSIC.WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE TO FELLOW ARTISTS?  

 
Music should be natural. Its real sounds that creates moods. It’s not as difficult as it looks. Umuti ni rehearsal (rehearsing is the only secret). For example, before a major show I rehearse with my band for a month every day. What matters is commitment.
Indeed, watching Danny performing on stage with his MORE FIRE BAND it is evident that there is telepathy relationship which has developed over a long period of time. There is so much co-ordination between him and his band. 


TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MAD HOUSE STUDIO 

  
Mad house where mad ideas make sense! (Laughs). There is so much work going on at MAD HOUSE. I have being working with musicians like Naso and Titus. I have travelled with them on my many tours just to help them appreciate what it takes to perform at this level. For six months we have being recording albums for Naso and Titus and believe me both artists are now ripe and their albums will be good. I am also working with other artists like Maria and Rupert. 
ANY NEW PROJECT FROM YOU? 

 
– I can’t promise when exactly my new album will be out but it will surely be next year. Am always working and I must tell you that I listen to my album for 2 years before you will hear it. For me work is an everyday thing. 

   

 YOU ONE ARTIST WHO DOESN’T RELEASE VIDEOS FOR YOUR SONGS? 

 
I would love to do that and am working on that. I think we have never had a good video production House. If the song is nice and the video is bad it will ultimately kill a good song. That is what i have being avoiding i would rather let people enjoy the audio aspect of the song. But now there e are good video production Houses like INZY who have produced very good videos for JK and CQ. The grade is good and in my next project expects a lot of videos. Am also working on developing my own MAD HOUSE VIDEO centre. 

“All artists are good but JK is extremely talented. Runell has maintained the old Zambian feel which he blends so well with the current style of Zambian music which is not easy. Exile has magnificent creativity. The way he thinks and puts his music together is marvel.” 

WHY DO YOU HAVE ONLY MALE DANCERS IN YOUR BAND? 

  
This is a morally corrupt world and I don’t want to complicate issues, it’s easy for me to have one gender type because I handle it well. It is inevitable at times that relationships can start developing within the group thus compromising the works of the team. 
WHAT IS THE DIRECTION OF ZAMBIA’S MUSIC?
At the moment I think there is no proper direction. There is so much talent which is misdirected. The music industry is not yet established as an industry. We need businessmen to tap into it and see music as a viable business. 
WHICH ARTISTS HAVE YOU WORKED WITH WHOM YOU REGARD HIGHLY?
All artists are good but JK is extremely talented. Runell has maintained the old Zambian feel which he blends so well with the current style of Zambian music which is not easy. Exile has magnificent creativity. The way he thinks and puts his music together is marvel. 
WHICH ALBULM DO YOU THINK HAS DONE SO WELL OF YOUR ALBUMS?
 

Kaya did every well! The figures are there to back that up. I released it in 2005 and by last year it was still doing well. I have never sold many copies than I did with kaya.
Kaya is among the 6 albums Danny has released and is regarded by many as some of his best work and is a staple in the Danny performance repertoire. The album had hugely popular songs like ‘Bakakwafwa’, ‘Niulule’,’Vilibe Nchito’ and more. 

HOW IS THE RESPONSE TO YOUR MUSIC BY ZAMBIANS IN THE DIASPORA WHEN YOU GO OUT TO PERFORM? 

  
It’s very good recently did two shows in America and they feel so good to be treated to Zambian music since they are so far away from home. 
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF? 

 
Am a very open human being. I take one day at a time and love experimenting; I love to see people succeed because everyone was made to make it. Am not fancy, very basic and love Zambian foods. Ifwe kabwalifye. Aka nkonko, inama na pupwe!
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
It’s strange, am always in the studio doing my music and when i get some free time am always home with my family or watching football, am a big time Arsenal fan. Gunners for life! 

DO YOU THINK ARSENAL WILL WIN THE LEAGUE?
Hopefully! But realistically Man u will grab it 

WE HAVE HEARD SO MANY RUMOURS THAT YOU HAVE CANCER 


  

That is just a rumour as you have correctly put it. If I was hit by such a disease I would go the press and say it loudly to the world so that I get the needed assistance. 
WHICH TEAM DO YOU SUPPORT ON THE LOCAL SCENE?
 

Nkana for life! Olo nomba twalipwa! (Even though we are not performing well)
  

ARE YOU MARRIED?
Yes am married with 2 kids Niza and a boy Zangi. 

By: Arnold Mwandama. 

Rice with Sundried tomatoes!

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Rice with sundried tomatoes and thyme.

320g, Rice/Basmati/Jasmin

100g, sun dried tomatoes,

25g, fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped.

20g,butter.

500g, water.

Method.

– Wash the rice in a bowl twice, to remove the starch that will make the rice sticky.

– in a medium sized pot, melt the butter.

– Add the finely chopped leaves and the dried tomatoes and stir well.

– Add the washed rice into the tomatoe and thyme mixture and incorporate well

– Add the water, salt and pepper and mix well and let cook up to a boil.

– Reduce the heat after the rice has come up to a boil, cover and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

 

The creator behind Banja: Innocent M. Tembo

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 I don’t like people asking this question, because I feel like in Zambia its high time we considered acting as a full time job and not as a part time job.”

 

Zambia is truly blessed with talented men and women,and its with no doubt that Zambia as a whole is going places where music,arts and acting is concerned. Almost everyday we seeing stars rising,in no time we will start competing with international music/movie houses. EZM had a one on one chat with our very own multi-talented Zambian actor Innocent Madalitso Tembo. Most of you probably know him as Vagabond,Gerald,Jeli the list is endless. Hes acted in quite a number of soaps like;Survivors,Flat 6,Banja etc.

 He’s such an inspiration to many young people out there.. He’s a man of many talents..

Name: Innocent Madalitso Tembo

D.O.B: 4th -April-1986

Residence: Kabwata,Lusaka.

 How old were you when you finally realised that you could act?

–  When I was 14.

 Have you ever had an embarrasing moment on set??

–  I have never had an embarrasing moment on set before, I enjoy every minute on set.I  love acting whatever I am given.

Weakness??

–  I have a short temper.

 How did you come up with the concept of banja??

–  I just love creating and doing things which have never been there before,i had never seen a soap/drama in zambia that depicted a real zambian life,it was in 2007 when the whole idea,was finalised.

 What keeps you going?

– The Faith i have in the Lord and myself,not forgetting my late mum.

  I love everybody who is in the game,I love and respect what they do,but I inspire myself..

 Dating??

–  Yeah am dating someone.

 Any hidden talents?

– I think i don’t have any hidden talents anymore,i do and i explore anything and everything i feel i can manage.. I am a dj,singer,actor,photographer etc. I love doing what other people can’t.

 Who is Innocent?

– Wow.. Innocent is Innocent Madalitso Tembo.. I live my life and i always put my chin up no matter the situation..

 Decribe yourself in a sentence?

 – I am a dreamer.

 Which Zambian actor inspires you?

–  I love everybody who is in the game,I love and respect what they do,but I inspire myself..

 What else do you do apart from acting??

–  I am a producer, director and working as a deputy executive director of a production house called time “ plus media productions. I don’t like people asking this question, because I feel like in Zambia its high time we considered acting as a full time job and not as a part time job.

 Whom do you look up to??

– God and myself.

By: Memory Kalima

Prevent and avoid dark lips.

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            Avoid Dark lips.

Too much exposure to the  sun is the main cause of dark lips.

Lips  have little melanine so they get  easily darken when exposed to sunlight,coffee or tea(caffein). This causes an allergic reaction to lips. Also  cosmetics by unkown manufacteres,illegal  and expired  can also be the cause of dark lips and dont forget that it could also be a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle,such a smoking, drinking coffe too much and lack of water.

 To prevent you from having dark lips but also if you have dark lips,  exfoliate and moisture them.

You can use a mixture of sugar(to scrub) and glycerine(to moisturise). You can  gently rub them with some lemon juice because it acts like an acid and lighten the lip, but please do rub GENTLY as lips have very think skin and can easily break into sores;lemon juice and cuts do not blend well together.  Rub the lemon juice gently and you can also  leave it on over night if your lips will not get too dry.

Applying some vaseline helps prevent dark lips. Always walk with some vaseline. 

Licking lips should be avoided as it leaves them dry and chapped.

As for the ladies, applying black eye liner or pencile to your lips should be avoided, there are now lipstick that have great varieties in dark colors that will make you look beautiful, classy and elegant.

By: Kay Mwape.

VOLUPTOUS?: HOW TO DRESS ACCORDING TO YOUR BODY

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There’s always the urge to fit into the clothes that are in style but it is important to know that hot isn’t always the best style. Always remember that the best fashion is that which is comfortable and compliments your body structure. We came up with a few secrets as to how to best dress your voluptuous body.
1. Don’t wear something that is small, it will look like something that you borrowed out of your little sister’s wardrobe and worse off, it makes you sweat a lot more in the wrong places. Either way they should not be too loose, but just close enough to the outline of your body. This will give you a thinner look.
2. Avoid tapered pants, these could be jeans or track pants that narrow at the knees or ankles and are elasticized on that end. Now these will make your ankles or knees fat and stumpy. You are better off wearing pants or skirts that are full length.

3. If you have wide feet, don’t wear narrow shoes because we all know small shoes will only cause pain. Wear pointed heels and make sure that your pants or skirt cover them. Doing so you will add depth to your overall look and make you much taller

4. Mostly bright colors attract attention in wrong places and in a wrong way. Colors like bright yellow, orange etc are the culprits. Go for earth toned colors like brown or beige, they are more subtle and draw less attention to your chunkier areas.

5. Clothes with lines going across make you look wider so these are a big No! No! Wear lines going downwards to add length and slim your widest parts.

6. Biggest and most of all is to remember to wear your confidence and self esteem, it’s the sexiest thing a woman can have. We all come in different shapes and sizes and are made in Gods perfect image!

By: Kay Esther Mwape