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‘The Quing Diamond’ is a stylist and his speciality lies in making people look and feel good. The name his sweet mama gave him is Thabiso Moje and he is proud of his ‘Kasi’ heritage. When he entered the beauty industry it was primarily to make himself ‘feel and look good’.

What he knows for a fact is that, ‘first impressions do count’ especially for people like him who deal with celebrities and must always look stylish, trendy and on point. Despite the illusion of flamboyance, Moje is a strong believer in the concept of originality and individuality when it comes to fashion and style; he is steadfast in the notion that ‘style is effortless’.

The make-up artist is quick to emphasise that everybody has their own sense of style regardless of how it pans out visually; more than anything one needs to start with a healthy dose of self-esteem. “Creating your unique style helps you achieve a sense of confidence and comfort in how you put on an outfit or how you groom yourself. Style is within you and how you relate with your core fashion persona.”

Leading us to his style tip number one, you do not need loads of money to look good; confidence, a great attitude and comfort make for a super outfit.
“If you are not confident a P30 000 dress will look cheap on you. I am the type of guy who will wear a P30 shirt and people will swear it’s an expensive item from Donatella Versace,” adds the style guru with a giggle.

The bottom line is that you do not need to break your budget to look good, ‘work with what you have’ and do not limit yourself only to the high end and up-market stores, venture out to the flea markets as well. “Wear something that makes you feel gorgeous. Don’t try too hard. The outfit is sexier when it appears effortless.”

Style tip number two; dress for your body and accessorise for you. Do not put on clothes or any other accessories such as make-up or hair that do not complement or sit well with you. “We must learn to dress for our bodies not dress for someone else’s body.

A plus sized woman should not pretend to have a curvy Kim Kardashian body,” advises the stylist. Make up plays an integral role in completing any look. “Both men and women must groom their faces with correctly shaped eyebrows. When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good you do better. That alone can change your life.”

The style guru who studied for Cosmetology and majored in Professional make up, TV Special effects and Prosthetics has an inherent passion for his work. “I was born to do this.” Internationally he counts Reza Khan, a leading fashion and lifestyle advocate as his style icon. Locally he counts fashionable and trendsetting, Mpho Laing as one of his style icons.

“Mpho Laing definitely has style. The woman is simply unique, edgy and breaks new ground all the time.” As to his own fashion items or trends he cannot live without, “I am The Quing. Hence of course my favourite colour is Royal blue. I am royalty all the way. My most critical fashion item, in make-up is my Estee Lauder lip and eye Serum. I’d rather be broke than go a day without it.”

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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