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 →

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’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 →

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 →

Hailing from a small village outside Malamulele in Limpopo, Bongani Mbhiza popularly known as Leo Bee is an Emcee whose passion is to throw bars after bars, BOE! In a quest to find out more about his upcoming album; Barcoded Expression, Shangazine asked Leo for a quick chat! Q: WHERE DOES YOUR LOVE FOR RAP COME FROM? A: It all started when I was young, I was always fascinated by a lot of songs especially in terms of how the language is used in the songs. Things such as figure of speech, rhymes, punchlines and poetic flow always caught my attention and when I finallyRead More →

If you want to dress up and look good for your ‘nuna’ without losing your cultural essence then Khosi Nkosi has something for you.   As always, Nkosi surprised the audience with her perfectly designed garments meant for a modern day makoti (daughter-in-law) at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg 2017. Spectators came out in numbers to show their love and support for cultural wear with a hint of contemporary feel! Some of the clothes from the SS17 collection showcased at the fashion event are made from Tsonga material, which is good news for us isn’t it? You’re sure to score brownie points from yourRead More →