Born in Musina and raised at Waterval, Limpopo –  Yolanda only wanted was to be a model when growing up, little did she know she would one day fall in love with fashion design. Q: What sparked your interest in Xitsonga Fashion? A: I noticed the incredible fabrics that my people (Tsonga people in Limpopo) wear and I was always in awe at how amazingly unique they were in comparison to the majority of cultures in South Africa. Whenever I listened to people talk about fashion, I picked up they weren’t aware of Tsonga people’s clothes. In fact, most people believed that we don’t haveRead More →

Do you know how in the West parents just grab a fairytale book from the bookshelf and read to their children about wonderland until they sleep? Xitsonga people sit around the fire and listen to their grandparents tell stories. Gone are those days when at night; we sat around the fire in the village and listened to our grandmothers pass their wisdom to us, teaching us about their life experiences in order to guide us. In Xitsonga, we call these stories “Mintsheketo” known as folktales in English. Before telling the story, our grandmothers would start by saying: “Garingani wa Garingani” and all of us wouldRead More →

There’s big difference between how English and indigenous African language people express themselves and just to put a disclaimer; this is not a racist or a tribalist article, it’s just for laughs. For instance, when Africans speak; they are not only verbal about it but also use body language and also mimic sounds to add a few imaginative effects into their expression or story telling. Below are few examples that show how a Xitsonga person and an English speaking person express themselves. English Speaker: Wow! Nice Hair! Xitsonga Speaker: Loyi u rhandza ngopfu swilo wee, se u taku i yini leswinga lukiwa manjhe? A swiRead More →

We’ve always heard sayings such as “it is impolite to speak with your mouth full” or “never eat off a knife when having a meal,” these are taboos and are predominantly English. Do you know of taboos from other places or people around the world such as Tsonga people? According to, the word taboo refers to “an activity that is forbidden or sacred based on religious beliefs or morals. Breaking a taboo is extremely objectionable in society as a whole. Around the world, an act may be taboo in one culture and not in another.” While English people would say “it is taboo,” TsongaRead More →

This is a knee length skirt typically worn by Xitsonga women. A lot of people have shown interest on how to correctly wear this skirt. Traditionally, it is worn around the waist for dance purposes. However, some Tsonga women have been spotted wearing it differently yet interesting. We believe the  idea is to make it an everyday wear and not an item only taken out for special occasions. Take a look at the ladies below.   May’buye Azanaia Ntimane from Ka-Mageva, Limpopo Ntimane whose name can be loosely translated as May’buye iAfrica hails from Mageva, a small village in Giyani. She is wearing Xibelani asRead More →

We’re one of the people who love and embrace our own culture, wearing bright clothes on a daily basis may be a shock to some people but Xitsonga people are never shy. We wear our colours with pride!   However, it is important to understand how our modern day fashion has evolved throughout the years. The picture below shows two Tsonga women in the early 1900s wearing Tsonga original traditional wear in a place called Thabina, Limpopo. It was was captured by Alfred Duggan-Cronin (1874-1954) who came to South Africa, settled in Kimberley and worked at De Beers, a mining company until his retirement inRead More →

If you’re familiar with phrases such as “Actions speak louder than words” or “What goes around comes around,” you might have depended on proverbs to guide you into living a meaningful life.   Or you might have heard them from your parents or elders who used these sayings as a warning so that you avoid doing something you may regret. A proverb refers to a short, pithy saying that expresses a traditionally held truth based on common sense or experience. They exist in more than one culture and language but doesn’t mean their meanings are not universal. Below are seven Xitsonga proverbs you may like.Read More →

We stumbled across an article on Youth Village describing Sho Madjodzi as “one of those women most people in the new South Africa who would think of as weird”. We thought that’s nothing new! People in South Africa have always classified Vatsonga as unorthodox due to their way of living, from the clothes they wear to the speech sounds of their language. But this is not the point – poet and rapper Sho Madjozi; is an epitome of what village dreams are made of! See what we did there? Sho Madjozi whose real name Maya Wegeriff hails from Shirley; a small village in Limpopo. She’sRead More →

Fashion gurus and stylists always take it upon themselves to do what they do best! Tell everyone gullible enough about what’s in and out of the runways and clothing stores! It is what they do after all and you know what, there’s nothing wrong with it! Also, we all want to know the latest fashion trends; it drives us crazy…in a good way! But one thing that we’re pretty sure of that never drove any Shangy  crazy was the colourblock trend that once hit the fashion streets in South Africa. WTF? Wa Tolovela Fashion-Guru! Tsonga/Shangaan peeps been having it! So…What’s Colourblocking? Colour blocking is definedRead More →

It is quite rare for rappers to use their birth names but, Lesson just thought his was just too interesting not to go to stage. Born in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg yet rooted at a small village called Phaphazela in Malamulele, Lesson Makhubele fell in love with rap music at the age of 11 and also just released an album called Fresh Air. To get a bit of fresh air on Lesson, we asked him to share a thing to two about himself.   Q: Why did you choose to call yourself ‘Lesson’ as your stage name? A: Lesson is my name of birth. IRead More →