Natural hair celebrities

Hair Idol: Chiwoniso Maraire (RIP)

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A Zimbabwean icon passed away yesterday. Mbira musician Chiwoniso Maraire aged 37 died yesterday from a lung infection, and I’m absolutely gutted. Her music to me was an inspiration and she was a joy to watch live.

I wanted to profile her as a dreadlocked hair icon later on, but I’ve decided to profile her now in celebration of her life at her passing.

Chiwoniso with her mbira

Chiwoniso with her mbira

Chiwoniso Maraire was born in 1976 in exile in Olympia, Washington in the US. Her Zimbabwean parents, Dumisani and Linda Maraire were both musicians. Her father, ethnomusicologist Dumisani Maraire, taught marimba and mbira in America between 1972 and 1990. Chiwoniso started singing and playing the mbira at a very young age. Her family relocated after independence to Zimbabwe in 1990, where Chiwoniso attended high school. She was a member of a hip hop oriented ensemble, A Peace of Ebony, which won a number of contests and “Rebel Woman,” one of her songs finished second in an international song writing contest that had over 1500 entries.

In the mid-1990s she became a full-time member of the Zimbabwean group Andy Brown & The Storm. In 1999, she was a nominee in the “Best Female Vocals of Africa” category of the KORA Awards. Chiwoniso left Andy Brown & The Storm to concentrate on her solo career in 2001.

For the last fewyears, she has been working with her own band, Vibe Culture. Her last album, Rebel Woman, is a mixture of traditional Shona musical styles using traditional instruments and modern African dance music.

Chiwoniso created a music that reflects life as it happens in her experiences and yet remain rooted in her culture.

Chiwoniso performing live

Chiwoniso performing live

Dreadlocked Zimbabweans, like other nationalities, get dreadlocks for religious reasons, as a fashion statement or the apparent convenience. Chiwoniso Maraire wore dreadlocks as part and parcel of the traditional African culture celebrated through music.

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Doing a radio interview

Doing a radio interview

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Source: Tumblr

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Source: Nehanda Radio

Source: Nehanda Radio

Famba zvakanaka Chiwoniso, tichazokuona….

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Biography information and media is from Wikipedia, Listen to the Banned, Nehanda Radio, Tumblr, Youtube and Kalamu.com.

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Could you rock these – Hip length and more braids inspiration

tumblr_mn071rSKIA1r48yyao1_500Super long braids are beautiful and stylish to look at on other people’s head, but honestly I don’t think my strands or scalp could handle the weight. I might reconsider when I have longer hair, for now I’ll just admire:

 

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Solange Knowles has worn this hairstyle a few times already:

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And more inspiration elsewhere:

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When in doubt, don a dhuku….

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I have bad hair days, like everyone I’m sure, or lazy hair days, and the perfect thing to do is grab a cute scarf (preferably silk or satin of course) and cover.

 

One of the best hair accessories to have truly, is a head/hair scarf, turban or in Shona, a dhuku. Especially now in winter, when the temperatures have dropped and covering your hair has the extra benefit of providing warmth.

 

So here is some dhuku, turban  and other head accessories inspiration:

Solange Knowles - one of the biggest trendsetters with hair scarves

Solange Knowles – one of the biggest trend setters with hair scarves

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Solange

Her sister Beyonce, using a scarf as protection for her hair

Her sister Beyonce, using a scarf as protection for her hair

Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike

Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike

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Chef Akhi accessorising her dreads

Chef Akhi accessorising her dreads

Yaya Da Costa Source: Urbanbushbabes

Turban

Turban

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Souce of all pics is Tumblr unless otherwise stated.

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Fro Spotting

So I spotted a few fros this past week, although it wasn’t in Africa. I get so excited when I see famous people rocking fros, I feel we don’t see enough of that here.

Jaden and Trey Smith with the Smith family at the After Earth premiere in New York

Jaden and Trey Smith with the Smith family at the After Earth premiere in New York

There were quite a few fros at the After Earth premiere in New York.

Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo

Wyclef Jean with his wife Claudenette and daughter

Wyclef Jean with his wife Claudenette and daughter

Spotted on the Disney Channel, was Skai Jackson, the 11 year old from the show Jessie…

Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson

On the red carpet

On the red carpet

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Some hairspiration: Natalie Gumede

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Natalie Sithokozile C. Gumede is an English actress and dancer of English and Zimbabwean descent. She’s starred in a few British and has just wrapped up playing the violent character Kirsty Soames on ITV1’s Coronation Street.

Natalie on Coronation Street

Natalie on Coronation Street

I love how she showcases her gorgeous tresses on TV.
Photoshoot by Inside Soap

Photoshoot by Inside Soap


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At the TV Choice Awards 2012 in the UK

At the TV Choice Awards 2012 in the UK

*All pics courtesy of tumblr.

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Hair and Style Icon: Danai Gurira

By Dan Hallman - Courtesy of venus.provocateuse.com

By Dan Hallman – Courtesy of venus.provocateuse.com


Danai Jekesai Gurira is a ‘Zimerican’ actress and playwright who is currently starring in the show The Walking Dead as Michonne. She was born in Iowa, in the US but grew up in Zimbabwe from the time her family moved back to Zimbabwe when she was 5 years old.

She has won an OBIE award Outer Critics Circle Award for writing and a Helen Hayes Award for acting in an off-Broadway play The Continuum.
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Source: Tumblr


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Source: Tumblr

At the premiere of The Walking Dead show

At the premiere of The Walking Dead show

Being honoured on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Being honoured on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Hair and Style Icon: Shingai Shoniwa

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I absolutely love Shingai Shoniwa. I especially love her hair and her style.

To my surprise, not many people know of her in Zimbabwe, but I have noticed her fame has been increasing since she came and sang a bit with Oliver Mtukudzi (a renowned Zimbabwean musician). She has such a gorgeous voice and she lead sings while playing bass on some songs, which is quite impressive.

The Noisettes

The Noisettes

Did I mention that I really dig her? Well I do, which is why I decided to do my first icon feature on her and maybe next time she’s here, I can do a real live interview!

Shingai Elizabeth Maria Shoniwa is a British singer of Zimbabwean descent. Shingai means ‘be strong’ in Shona. She is the lead singer and bassist of the UK indie band The Noisettes.

She is also signed with NEXT Model Management London.
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She was born on September 22, 1981 and has been singing since she was 8. “She used to hold a mugoti (big flat wooden spoon) and pretend it was a microphone and sing,” her mother told Zimbo Jam.

Impromptu performance at Mekka in Harare with Tinashe Mukarati and Dan Smith

Impromptu performance at Mekka in Harare with Tinashe Mukarati and Dan Smith

The Noisettes was formed in 2003 when Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith were attending the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon. This same school was attended by other well known singers like Adele and Leona Lewis.

The band first achieved commercial success and nationwide recognition with the second single of their second album, “Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)” which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in Spring 2009.

Since then the Noisettes have toured Europe and the United States extensively, with the likes of TV on the Radio, Tom Vek, Babyshambles, Bloc Party, the Mystery Jets, Muse and Lady Gaga.

They have also appeared at numerous festivals including the 2012 London Olympic celebrations.

Shingai with her mom Leoba Kureya

Shingai with her mom Leoba Kureya

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From Nokia's Shot by Fans

From Nokia’s Shot by Fans

At Club Mekka, in Harare, ZImbabwe

At Club Mekka, in Harare, ZImbabwe

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In Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe

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* Biographical info from Wikipedia and ZimboJam. All photos sourced from Tumblr.

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