Mhambi has been redeployed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sexy shoes, rugby and way too much work

It's the sexy shoes' fault. That, the Super 14 Rugby triumph of South Africa and much too much work.

You can be forgiven if you thought Mhambi took the freeway, never to return. It was the 6th of May the last time I posted. Ages ago. My defence?

Your honour firstly Mhambi's lovely girlfriend has just finished her first shoe and handbag collection. Mhambi gave his moral, emotional, video and web site building support.

Some of the shoe leather featuring Pienaar prints being cut.

And was it worth it. The collection - called But how do we play this? - was designed in collaboration with South African artist Peet Pienaar and is ground breaking. Not only is it does it look contemporary, sexy, sophisticated, but the collection was made from sustainable materials. And if we get the funding to mass produce it, it will be produced in South Africa.

Laura in a shoe factory in Cape Town.

South Africa is not the cheapest place to produce shoes, but its one of the cheaper places where there is a minimum wage and minimum working conditions for workers. We hope to use this as a way of marketing the shoes. These shoes are sexy AND ethical: They will increase your pulling power and then when you finally fall asleep you can do so with a clear conscience.

My second defence is the rugby! I have been spending all my spare time on Keo :) Thirdly I have been working too much. But that's not really a good excuse is it. I will post more about the rugby, why too much work is scientifically proven to be a bad thing and the sexy shoes - soon.

Perhaps you can get to see them here on Mhambi first ;) At Mhambi style and substance always go hand in hand.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Free Way

The Free Way.
Originally uploaded by tetheredto.

Mhambi likes to think that the existencialists were right. What we do with our lives are to a great extent up to us. It's very exciting, but scary, all this responsibility for living.

And be careful not to get caught by the Highway patrol.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

From langarm to Wolosso

Mhambi was just struck again how people, in today's uncertain world are returning to identity for security. I posted just this week about the importance of langarm dancing to some Afrikaners. And how identity can be symbolised by clothes.

Turkey this week saw massive street protests and the treat of a military coup when it became clear that a pro-Islamic leader could become the next president of the famously secular republic. Importantly one of the main objections were that the wife of Abdullah Gul, Hayrunisa Ozyurt, wears the Islamic headscarf.

Kids in Mosque
Originally uploaded by

In Guinea too their has been identity inspired upheavel and it caused outrage and even rape. Men have begun attacking women who they accuse of doing the popular buttock-swinging Wolosso dance from Ivory Coast.

Teenagers wearing skirts or hipsters, associated with Wolosso, which partly expose their buttocks and midriff have been stripped naked and beaten up.

The dance is regarded by many in the mainly Muslin Guinea as pornographic. Women has taken to wearing traditional wraps to escape the wrath of marauding young men.
"Young Guinean girls and African women in general should not dress themselves like European girls" - Conakry resident.

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