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EUPHONIK’S FANCY- DJ Talks Property Investment & Mentorship

Themba Nkosi aka Euphonik, commonly known as a dj, producer, radio personality and real estate enthusiast has been able to reach heights that most people can’t imagine. The Hitmakers is one of the most  successful DJs to date, but that has come at a cost. Talking to Istyleblaq, Themba (Dj Euphonik) shares insights on real estate investment and mentoring.

MUZI: You branched into the world of property investment and managed to build an impressive portfolio. Where did the love of property investment come from? 

EUPHONIK: It came from researching how to invest my DJ money into something that would grow the value and never lose what I initially put into it. The more I got into it, the more I loved it because it allowed me to expand on my creative side by converting spaces from nothing into something nice.

MUZI: We can’t ignore your advocacy on property matters. Why is it important for you to educate South Africans about the perks and pitfalls of homeownership?

EUPHONIK: I made a lot of mistakes when I bought my first few properties and I’ve learned that if you get the numbers right on your first buy it makes it easier for you to buy the next property. We have a deep lack of knowledge and understanding about property investment and I aim to make it easier, understandable, and more accessible to people so that they get their first buy right.

MUZI: What should one know before investing in property?

EUPHONIK: The numbers make or break a deal in my opinion. Most people don’t understand interest rates, they don’t know that derby can be used as leverage and they don’t generally understand how the finance of property works. I feel if you get that right it makes everything else easy.

MUZI: You normally host private mentorship sessions focusing on music, residential property, and entrepreneurship. What does mentorship mean to you?

EUPHONIK: Mentorship is about learning the path from someone who has walked it. You don’t need to know them personally as you can watch from a distance and learn. My sessions are about helping people who want to learn from me about how I did it and continue to. It’s also one thing to know the path and understand the thinking behind it.

MUZI: Behavioural theorists believe that people can become leaders through the process of teaching, learning, and observation. What’s your take on this?

EUPHONIK: I agree with that. It also comes with making yourself uncomfortable and pushing your boundaries to the limits. You can never know enough or learn enough.

MUZI: What’s your definition of success?

EUPHONIK: Success to me is living a fulfilled life and doing the things you were sent to earth to do. It’s a personal thing and I know money has nothing to do with it from experience and from watching others who have done it live.

MUZI: What does black excellence mean to you?

EUPHONIK: I prefer to focus on excellence. I like to be at the top of my game rather than at the top of my race’s game.

MUZI: You’ve had a successful journey so far from a Club DJ, Radio Host, TV Presenter, and now property investor. What’s next for you?

EUPHONIK: Joy! Joy is beyond happiness and comes with peace. Those things are important to me. My path will always have music and property involved.

 https://euphonik.dj

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Male Model You Should Be Following On Instagram

There is more to modelling than a good pout and a fierce walk. Today’s models are expected to have it all: A devoted fan and a good social media presence. Here’s a model who is doing it right and everything you need to know about him. I am definitely following him and you should too. 

Alan John

With his unique features and beautiful melanin skin, Alan John has won my heart as well as others. He has worked with a number of brands in the past few years and has graced the pages of Previder magazine and some editorial campaigns.

Images supplied by Alan John 

 

Alan’s model advice:

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE MODELING SPACE?

Unlike models that were discovered in malls and such, I intentionally wanted to become a model from a young age, having been familiar with fashion from a young age, with my mom who studied fashion design and taught me how to sew after breaking several of her needles on her machine, lol. I sought out the only agency I knew in the small town of Gweru where I was raised and did my first modelling course there. 

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT MODELING? 

I’ve always loved photography, with my first submission to a big agency being images that I took using the self-timer feature on my then “Nokia N95” phone. That coupled with my love for fashion and film makes me enjoy embodying whatever character I have to assume when I’m modelling. I find the art of “becoming” a particular version of myself each time I’m in front of a camera, or on the runway pretty intriguing.

HOW DOES ONE GET INTO THE INDUSTRY?

We’re blessed to be living in an age of internet and technology. Like everything you might want to get into, research is key. Know what kind of model you want to be and use all you have to be a representation of the model you want to become. Your smartphone could do wonders!, take some good pictures, learn your best angles and apply to reputable agencies that you can easily find online. Most agencies allow prospective models to submit an application form or have an email address that you can get hold of model agencies. If they don’t respond, be bold, DM them on their Instagram (using your Instagram that you’ve posted your best images).

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A MODEL AGENCY IS CREDIBLE?

As mentioned above. The internet is your friend, Google the top agencies in your city or a city close to you. Go to their Instagram, look at the models they represent. Do they seem like the kind of model agency that would represent you? Some models will also respond to you too if you reach out and ask, be bold and do your homework.

 

WHAT IS A PORTFOLIO AND A Z-CARD?

A model portfolio is a compilation of images that gives an idea to interested parties of what the model’s ability and range is. Essentially this is your resume, giving the client an idea of what you could do, should you be given the opportunity to work with them.

A z card, at times, referred to as a composite card serves a similar purpose to that of the portfolio, but this is more compact, highlighting your top few images and important details like your measurements. This portable format is useful for casting calls where clients request z cards or for agents to send out to clients for prospective bookings.

ANY TIPS YOU WANT TO SHARE TO  ASPIRING OR NEW MODELS?

Firstly, if you want to model, do it! Don’t let anyone discourage you. It probably won’t be the easiest of endeavours, but I believe that if you want something, you better go out there and get it. It’s easy to get caught up and feel like a failure if you go to numerous castings and don’t get booked or if you approach agencies and they turn you down.

It’s important to remember that no matter where you start, you’re your own brand, and not everyone is going to like or understand you. Some people will book their first 3 jobs or more in their first month of getting signed, while some won’t book for a year or more. Be realistic with your expectations. Polish up on your presentation, learn as much as you can from those who are doing it and put in the work to be as physically appealing as you can be.

DO YOU HAVE PROJECTS YOU CURRENTLY BUSY WITH?

I’ve been turning my home space into a set of sorts for my self-tape castings that I’ve had to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and adjusting to this new normal. I’m currently working on looks for my new images which I’ll be shooting in a couple of weeks, as I’ve changed my hair (which I do regularly) and need an accurate representation of what I currently look like. The other projects I’m working on, I’d have to keep it under wraps for the sake of the clients, but I’m sure it’s something you’ll like.

SYNC MODEL MANAGEMENT 

www.syncmodels.com 

Instagram: @iamalanjohn

FACEBOOK: iamalanjohn

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Story Behind The Streetwear Label Magents

Since 1992

We have to admit Magents is a pretty cool name for a street-wear brand, and you gotta love a company that’s focused on making the world a better place to live.

Magents is a proudly South African premium lifestyle apparel brand specialising in streetwear merchandise. Founded by Didier De Villiers (known as Didi) in the mid-’90s during the country’s transition from the apartheid regime to a democratic society. The streetwear brand celebrated the dream of the rainbow nation.

Istyleblaq connects with Didi and Thei Letlabika, creatives, and head designers for Magents to learn more about this iconic clothing brand.

ORIGINS OF MAGENTS – HOW DID THE BRAND COME ABOUT?

Magents started as a concept back in the early days of our democracy. But soon the brand conceived and gave birth to its first collection in the ’90s. Our first store was based at Majita Tailors in Randburg, Johannesburg.

The excitement was all over as a result of the newly – found freedom in South Africa. The excitement spread from politics to music. ” Musicians were expressing their newly – found creative freedom through song and dance”. The only way we could express this freedom was through our craft.

WHAT DOES THE BRAND STAND FOR?

We are not a political platform. We’re conscious and aware of our surroundings. The brand ‘Magents’ attributes simplicity, philosophy, and social consciousness through clothing.

What is the inspiration behind your designs?

Inspiration comes from a lot of things. We identify with language, art, music, and fashion. It is this diverse unity that gave birth to Magents.

What is the brand’s standpoint in terms of sustainable fashion?

Sustainability has a positive impact on the economy. It fosters job creation in underserved communities, empowers people and it’s cost-effective. Sustainable fashion, therefore, belongs to and is the responsibility of, citizens, the public sector, and the private sector.

We took our brand overseas, and we were positively received. Furthermore, we occupied space in high-end boutique stores in Europe, USA, and Japan, and had production houses in Vietnam. However, in 2008 we decided to retract from the international market to refocus our vision and mission to rebuild our brand in South Africa. Our production is now manufactured locally making us Proudly South African.

Magents is affiliated with Wear South African, an organization that is a part of the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union and puts money back into the hands of the community.

How do you stay relevant and constantly reinvent yourselves?

We make quality products. Each item is made with care and creativity to ensure that people walk away with more than just an item of clothing. And attention to detail is important in our organisation.

Where to from here? 

We’re branching out into new avenues and busy with exciting projects. Details Coming Soon.

Website: www.magents.co.za

www.facebook.com/magents/

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Award-Winning Textile Designer “Bongiwe Walaza” Redefines African Fashion.

Renowned fashion designer, Bongiwe Walaza is undoubtedly a true definition of black excellence. She has contributed tremendously in the African Textile Industry.  Her unrivalled contribution to the industry has changed the way, and how African women perceive fashion. The celebrated fashion designer makes wearable clothes for real women. Her designs are made to enhance the beauty of women’s body shape and movement. Bongiwe describes her style as African tradition crossed with victorian and aside from using isisweshwe (an African fabric with patterns and different colors), she uses a lot of satin, taffeta and some velvet.

Walaza’s humble beginnings gave birth to her great achievements. Born in Mnqanduli , a small village in the Eastern Cape. The notable designer grew up enjoying knitting and sewing. This became evident when she started making her own clothes and building her own client base. Believe it or not she’s also a qualified electrical engineer, however she couldn’t resist her first love “Fashion”. In 1997, Bongi enrolled and pursued fashion designing at Natal Technikon. She further obtained a national diploma in fashion, moved to Johannesburg and never looked back.

Walaza has had a colorful journey thus far, her achievements include showcasing and exhibiting in New York, Las Vegas, India, London, Singapore, Japan, and Milan amongst others. In addition, she designed for Edgars stores and is affiliated with DAGAMA, local textile company that produces the Mandela Range. The Isishweshwe signature designer is also the recipient of the MNET Africa Design Award,which took her to New York Fashion Week in 2011, and she has since dressed a number of public figures and private clients.

The one thing closest to Bongi, is the desire to promote the welfare of others. The celebrated designer has given back to the community by sharing her expertise and skills, and she was also involved in the product development  of Wild Silk Africa , while providing training for its employees. The dedication and passion “Bongiwe Walaza” puts in her craft is mind blowing.

website: http://bongiwewalaza.com/

Address:  Unit 24 Mifa Industrial Park | 339 George Road, Randjespark, Midrand, 1685

Tel: 0112387136

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The Godmother Of Style – Kefilwe Mabote

Photos by: kefilwe_mabote

I am obsessed with this lady’s fashion sense, and her style needs to be shared. Two words to describe her style, “Effortless Elegance”.  Kefilwe Mabote is a Johannesburg based brand Influencer, Stylist and now author of Influencer De Luxe.

I love everything about her style. I just love her unique, quirky, modern, hip and sophisticated looks. The award-winning Influencer inspires a lot of girls to keep pushing themselves and think outside the box and do something different, fun and original.

We’re definitely going to keep watching Kefilwe and maybe some of my girlfriends just may try to copy some of her looks because, I am pretty sure that most girls wish they could wear each of the looks featured here.

Favourite looks by Kefilwe Mabote:

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Lebo Direko – Denim & Leather Resuscitator

As much as I love following fashion influencers in my peer group, I also get a lot of inspiration from stylish ordinary folks. There is an unquestionable sense of confidence in their sartorial choices. Lebo Direko’s unique take on style is refreshing to my social media feeds, and his fashion looks have a cool editorial feel that makes me want to add to my shopping cart immediately.

Lebo and Co-partner Lesego Nhlapho are known as specialists in giving denim and leather items new life, they have dressed several private clients and Public figures like DJ Tira, DJ Mlindo, and Khuli Chana just to mention a few.

The duo normally hosts an “Art On Denim” pop-up store, where buyers can get their hands on some of their latest pieces or bring their items to life.

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CHRIS MAGHOMA – Top working model

Congolese born model, Chris Maghoma is becoming one of South Africa’s recognized faces. The 25-year-old model mentions he got into modeling because of his looks and was signed instantly by ICE Model Management.

I became aware of the model two years ago at Joburg Fashion Week (SAFW), and I just knew that he was going to have a successful journey in the modelling space. 

Chris is one of my favorite models at the moment. In a short space of time he has managed to do so much from editorial campaigns such as Nike, LecoqSportifza and Rage Shoes, runway shows and featured in a number of TV commercials. 

iStyleBlaq’s one-on-one with Chris Maghoma. 

Muzi: What are your views on the local modeling industry? 

Chris: The Local modeling industry is what gave me the chance to work with all the brands I’ve worked with, I think there’s still a long way to go but I must gratefully acknowledge that the South African modeling industry has come a long way, and currently groundbreaking compared to other African countries.

Muzi: Is modeling a stable career? And what challenges are you currently facing as a working model? 

Chris: The sad truth is that it’s quite hard to live of modelling only because its a very unstable industry, sometimes there’s a high demand for models, sometimes the demand is not enough to satisfy the thousands of models in Johannesburg alone. It affects every model at least once a year, I call it “Dry Season”. 

Muzi: How do you handle rejection?

Chris: I personally anticipate rejection by only attending castings when I fit the criteria. Ultimately a “NO” is not the end of the world, life goes on. 

Muzi: The Notion “Open up the industry” is now cliché However, A lot of brands are still using the same faces. What’s your take on this?

Chris: We can’t really judge brands for choosing who they want as their face, we can, however, “keep it moving”, because it really isn’t the end of the world.

Muzi: What do you most enjoy about your job?

Chris: What I love the most? Making my salary X10 in a day or two of pure fun.

Muzi: Any tips for aspiring models? 

Chris: My advice for aspiring models? If it doesn’t pay you or benefit you in any way then don’t do it, don’t let anyone photograph your nudity in the name of art, modelling is your side job, not your main job! Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Muzi: I read somewhere about your acting aspirations… How are you planning to manage juggling both modelling and acting while also ensuring it’s a seamless transition from one to the other?

Chris:  At the moment I can’t really speed up the engine as it’s difficult for a “Fresh Out Of The Boat” Congolese boy to speak vernac chuckles  (which is a huge requirement for black actors in the film industry). 

Muzi: What are you currently busy with and do you any future plans? 

Chris: I have launched the ChezBino Car Wash as well as the ChezBino Food Distribution in Congo (Haut Katanga). My all-time project is to elevate the standard of living of the youth in Congo, to merely ignite the entrepreneurship mindset of my younger brothers that can achieve way more than I ever will. 

ICE Models & Boss Models Management. 

IG: Chris _maghoma

chris@elitelink.com