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Taji Mag is a Black Beauty & Culture specialty publication highlighting the artistry of our essence.

11Jun/15

Ndumiso Sibanda: Photos of Africa

My name is Ndumiso Sibanda a Zimbabwean born African citizen who grew up in Cape Town.

Ndumiso Sibanda: For the Past 6 months I have had the pleasure of visiting Botswana, Burundi,Cameroon, Congo, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

I’m traveling this great continent searching for stories and taking names. Our history has always been an oral one until explorers arrived and told us who we were in exchange for what we had and we lost ourselves. The African story is not a single one, it’s a billion stories and conversations that insight the magic of my adventure.

I love taking photos and over the past six months on this Journey I’ve listened to my voice and art speaking to me in so many new ways. In the beginning, I was shooting with the insights of someone who knows his art. Over time I’ve let go and stepped back, I’ve loosened my grip on the institutionalized understanding of photography and my images have become a lot more raw and reflective of an everyday Africa. I cannot take myself out of the situation, the only thing to do is be part of the conversation or be an observer… but to be honest the latter is really hard, especially in this enchanting continent.  I’ve chosen not to edit these images or touch them up at all because Africa has been manipulated in post production over and over so these are refreshing images taken with Natural and practical light.

I have learned things that have pushed my understanding of myself to new heights, I have seen the bending of Spirit, tasted the most delicious, kissed the beautiful, hugged the cold, stood with warriors, made a connection with superheroes and ordinary Africans. I look forward to telling all the stories I’ve learned with a small pinch of exaggeration. I’m African after all but truth be told we are really incredible so what might seem like exaggeration is actually the beautiful truth.

My work can be followed on IG @NdumisoSibanda or http://faremoved.tumblr.com. I also direct and film a short video every week that averages 800,000 views weekly where I show Africa in its splendor. They  may be found on the DHL Africa Youtube channel.

My name is:
Ndumiso Sibanda

Photographer, camera dude and Director of stories.

Ndumiso Sibanda

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24May/15

The Alhambra Ballroom Proclaims Bridal Royalty

Each year, Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom celebrates the start of the wedding season with a showcase of culinary delights in the opulence of their Grand Ballroom. Beneath the draped chandeliers, local wedding vendors joined in to display their specialties in bridal services for budding couples. For this years event the Alhambra welcomed a refreshing, new approach to their presentation lineup, Bridal Royalty, by showcasing ethnic bridal gowns created by TeKay Designs “Queen of the Brides” gown collection. The Queen of the Brides is a prestigious and award winning luxury brand with design and production in Houston Texas and Ghana, Africa. The Fashion Designer, Ms. Kimma Wreh is internationally recognized for her ethnic inspired, and Afrique-Chic fashion creations.

“Queen of the Brides introduces a re-imagination of the conventional wedding. When we saw photos of these dresses on the Internet we knew the Queen of the Brides gowns would be a great fit for our bridal showcase.” explains Alhambra’s CEO Tracey Dechabert. Harlem is a place of history, ethnic diversity and there exist a cultural pride about African aesthetic. Harlem’s brides need to see that there is a cultural alternative to contemporary bridal fashions. The gown, just like cuisine can set a tone to your wedding day that intuitively shares your families heritage. The fusion between cultural fashions and cultural foods can be an experience that resonates throughout generations.” Says Dechabert.

Queen of the Brides offers formal gown creations that includes quality pieces of jewelry that reference a historical time period. The collection exemplifies diverse cultures, as each gown represents a woman of royalty who has left an indelible mark on humanity. The collection includes gowns named after Queen Nefertiti, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II, Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal – Mughal Queen of India, Queen Manta Tisi of South Africa, Queen Padmini of India, Queen Amina of Zaria Nigeria, Queen Nzingha Amazon of Matamba West Africa, Empress Candace of Ethiopia, Queen Consort Margherita of Italy, etc. The menswear line is culturally inspired  with aesthetic themes that ranges from historic to contemporary design.

“We are really honored to have been asked to present Queen of the Brides to the Harlem community. New York is a melting pot of ethnic cultures and that’s what makes this city an ideal place to present gowns that represent queens from varied cultures. Now, anyone can express their heritage and be a royal bride.” Explains Fashion Designer, Kimma Wreh.

The bridal showcase was interactive, entertaining and offered a variety of food dishes for sampling. The fusion between fashion, food and music stimulated every sense to create an experience that offers couples unique cultural ideas for creating their special wedding day. Dechabert states, “Harlem is also growing more culturally diverse and we wish for this bridal showcase to be all-inclusive with vibrant cultures.  At the Alhambra, we take pride in delivering on request for many types of international cuisine from our ethnically diverse clients.”

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Macintosh Smith & Manonce Manonce
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07May/15
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Taji Vol3: Nerissa Irving, Model

Release Jun 7 2015 | Vol3 of Taji is full of Black Beauty & Culture from around the globe! This issue’s feature is Nerissa Irving – model, feminine health advocate, and sexologist. Our Special Spotlights are the elegant Saphya Shoe Straps; powerful Naturals4Change movement; too cool The English Schoolhouse; exquisite designs of John Ashford Shoes; and beautiful images of Africa by Ndumiso Sibanda.

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07May/15

Taji Vol. 3 Release Party!

Save the date! Taji Vol 3. releases on June 7th and the release party is also on June 7th, 2015 at The OMhh store from 2-5p! Join us at 503 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 as we celebrate with good vibes, champagne, and giveaways ;)

Editor & Resident Photographer NayMarie: Photographer & Retoucher hosts alongside Debra Hare-Bey of The OMhh Store! No cover. Be your beautiful self.

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07Feb/15

Taji Vol2: KinVel, Model & Musician

Release Mar 7 2015 | Vol2 of Taji is a well-rounded abundance of Black Culture! This issue’s feature is KinVel – model, musician, and artist. Our Special Spotlights are the regal Your Queens; exquisite wearable art of Tafari Tribe, fashionable ceramic accessories by Viclay; artistic works of Giovanni “Lyrical Thought” Marie; chic marries crochet at ZenBaby; and bi-lingual hip hop duo Negros Americanos.

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07Feb/15

Taji Vol. 2 Release Party!

Save the date! Taji Vol 2. releases on March 7th and the release party is on March 8th, 2015 at The OMhh store from 2-5p! Join us at 503 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 as we celebrate with good vibes, champagne, sparkling apple cider, and giveaways ;)

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