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Brenda Fassie, the renegade who spoke for the people

Written by Shirlene Brown | November 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Brenda Fassie was the kind of woman you didn’t forget.  Her wild and independent style helped her make a name for herself, and allowed her to become a familiar voice and face for the disenfranchised in South Africa. as the anniversary of her birthday comes up (November 3, 1964), we would like to remember who she was.

Popularly known to her fans as MaBrr, she started her musical career as a young girl, singing for tourists while her mother played the piano.  She later went on to join the group, Joy, then became lead singer for the group Brenda And The Big Dudes.  She had her son, Bongani, with one of the musicians  in the group.

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Jamati: The year that was

Written by Wanjiru Ndung'u | December 31, 2011 | Leave a Comment

It was a great year at Jamati, this past 2011. We got the chance to celebrate with great African personalities both in Africa and the Diaspora.

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Nicolas Anelka

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Designer David Tlale to honour Mandela in style at Joburg Fashion Week

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | February 17, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Revered South African  fashion designer, David Tlale is set to give Johannesburg a taste of what’s truly “Made in the City” when he reveals his 2011 Autumn/Winter collections on the Nelson Mandela Bridge (Braamfontein) at Joburg Fashion Week on 19 February.

David Tlale Design

David Tlale Design

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Mandela looses great-granddaughter in car crash

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 11, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Nelson Mandela lost his 13-year-old great-granddaughter in a car accident early Friday.  Zenani Mandela was returning home from the opening day festivities of the 2010 World Cup when she was involved in a one-car accident that killed her. 

From left: Thembela Mandela, Mbuso Mandela, Nelson Mandela, Ndileka Mandela and Zoleka Mandela Front row: Zenani Mandela, Bohelo Seakamela and Zwelami Mandela

From left: Thembela Mandela, Mbuso Mandela, Nelson Mandela, Ndileka Mandela and Zoleka Mandela Front row: Zenani Mandela, Bohelo Seakamela and Zwelami Mandela

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Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela in the new ‘Invictus’ movie

Written by Prudence Chauke | November 16, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Any individual who has studied South African history can positively state that Rugby has been, and still is, a very important element of the South African journey.  It has been more than century but I find it very hard for any soul to forget the major sport event that united South African people as whole thanks to the then newly elected and first black president, Nelson Mandela, and the then South African Rugby Captain, Francois Pienaar, played in the movie by Matt Damon.

Inviticus

Inviticus

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‘Mandela Day’ concert in New York rocks the world

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | July 21, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Zain Telecommunications once again proudly sponsored the ‘Mandela Day’ to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday. The star-studded extravaganza, held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on July 18, attracted a global television audience of over 1 billion.

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Supermodel/Actress Amanda Annan: Beauty Inside Out

Interview by Ameyaw Debrah | June 8, 2009 | Leave a Comment

British supermodel Amanda Annan may have entered into modelling by chance but her career so far has been nothing short of amazing. The slinky beauty says she did not choose modelling but modelling chose her. While working part time in a clothing store at age 16, she was head hunted by the world famous Unique Model Management agency. Within two weeks Amanda was shooting her first campaign for Vidal Sassoon. With her beauty and grace, it was not before long she started flying round the world for shoots and runway assignments in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

amanda_00030_web.jpgAmanda’s origin is as interesting as her career: her father is from Ghana and his father moved to Ghana as a child from Brazil in search of his roots; while her mother is from Martinique but grew up in Lagos. However Amanda was adopted at a young age and grew up in London. As the niece of Kofi Annan, she picked up plenty ambassadorial traits which she deploys in a number of charitable organizations like the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), as well raising money for the African Film Commission.
After gracing the covers of magazines like Elle Magazine, Women to Women, Photo Magazine and Fashion News, Amanda has also ventured into new territories including acting and broadcasting among others.  Jamati Online caught up with Amanda to find out more about her career as a model, her desire to help the least fortunate, her ambitions and many other things that make her tick.

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The “Renewal”of Mao Otayeck, the first French speaking African artist produced by Stevie Wonder

Written by Anta Sane | May 4, 2009 | Leave a Comment

From the Ivory Coast, where he was born, to Burkina Faso, then Paris, where he spent many years, Mao Otayeck, with his rich and diverse background that includes Lebanese, Malian and Argentinean roots, now lives on the West coast of the United States, in Los Angeles. 

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Great Africans on M-Net

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | March 24, 2009 | Leave a Comment

M-Net  will soon celebrate some of the greatest visionaries Africa has ever had, for their passion and their determination; for their self-sacrificing contributions and their selfless dedication; and, above all, for their leadership through times of challenge and times of change. Dr. Wangari Maathai,  Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela,  Emperor Haile Selassie and Patrice Lumumba–these great African leaders have championed the causes of millions, inspired the imaginations of their people, and driven the dream for a more successful, brighter tomorrow.

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Africa’s World Best Reality Show Coming Soon

Written by AWB Press Office | February 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The international show called Africa’s World Best (AWB) reality TV talent show is the first ever to bring together 60 Africans from all parts of the world into one house competing for one title with the biggest prize in the history of African TV to be won.

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The Rise of the 54 Kingdoms

Interview by Ameyaw Debrah | January 30, 2009 | Leave a Comment

54kingdoms_respect_and_honor.jpgVery often, in our quest to be trendy we lose some of the traditional essence that makes us African. These were elements that Nana Poku, who has over the years expressed his love and passion for Ghana through screen printing and embroidered images on t-shirts, decided to bring to bear when he started his clothing line. He teamed up with another Ghanaian, Kwaku A. Awuah, a young fashion entrepreneur to unleash 54 Kingdoms into the mainstream. With the duo’s burning passion to connect African and Caribbean cultures, they brought onboard Brey Golding, a Jamaican-American designer with several years of experience in the fashion business.

Today, 54 Kingdoms is a promising clothing company that aims to address the problem of cultural disassociation, using fashion as a means to create cultural inclusion. The team believes that as individuals migrate away from their native place of birth, reconnecting and identifying with people of similar heritage, culture, and ethnic background becomes significant. Therefore, 54 Kingdoms aspires to target this need of re-association and linkage within the African, African-American and West Indian communities via its motto, ‘identity through fashion’. Jamati.com met the team to find out more about the 54 Kingdom brand as well as to get some fashion tips for the young African man and lady.54_kingdoms_forever_pledged.jpg

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