It’s the 31/12/2015 and today we bid farewell to 2015 and welcome 2016 but i couldn’t leave 2015 with nothing so me being me i set down with Mashamba Livhuwani to bless you with new age history’s final post for this year.
Who is Mashamba Livhuwani and what his about? you’ll have to read below to find out
Photographed by @_joewe_
20 September 1993
born in a township in SOUTH AFRICA/Limpopo called Waterval somewhere between Makhado and Giyani.
Mechatronics engineering at Tshwane University of Technology.
Growing up i had hobbies and admirations to fashion but there were obstacles such as financial issues but that didn’t phase my love for fashion and since following trends was acceptable to society i joined sbujwa where I’d wear colourful skinny jeans and masandazi together with a backpack this led me to join a dance group in Thohoyandou and my advantage to fit in was the fact that i could dance circles around them.
As time passed i started to realise that people out there in the world notice you more than in your hometown cause whenever your in your hometown once you start to establish something new they get this idea that you think your better than everyone and that for me became a reason to target a society outside my community. When i got to university in 2012 i told myself here is where I’ll discover myself and indeed that’s where my calling as a vintage rebel was unveiled.
I remember the first day at campus i saw these 2 guys dressed funny like kids in North America or on Tv holding a vinyl and i asked myself who are these guys? are they crazy or…but one thing for sure i loved the way they were unique and outstanding from everyone else, that’s how i want to be like whenever i dress so from there i became a vintage rebel and in those initial days whenever i dressed it seemed like I’m forcing it cause even now whenever i look at my throwback images i laugh
luckily one of the guys i was in a group with in high School was friends with those two guys actually they are neighbors in Thohoyandou anyway the guy introduced me to them one was Maitele Wawe though I’m not close with them now these guys i admire and Maitele would have a vintage outlet at his crib where we would go and stock in Pretoria.
Time went by and i met other vintage crews e.g Troublesome kids, Retro vintage kolektion owned by Bongani (Bongs) also Retro vintage kolektion was the first to make kids in Pretoria recognize vintage fashion, they had exclusive vintage items which you couldn’t find anywhere else they even hosted a fashion show where i got to meet owner’s of galxboy i even got introduced to other upcoming brands and yeah that’s how my journey of being a fashion icon started.
How i dress since 2012/2013 it was strictly vintage then 2014 the fashion stuff kind of went on the downside cause i was over hooked on weed,girls and alcohol but in late August 2014 i met this honey named Boitumelo Mokwana she’s my ex now but she was into fashion…man that girl revived me cause we used to compete whenever we dressed then later on she introduced me to guys like Norman Tips and “General” these guys are fashionistas and even to-date we still connected then 2015 i branched my vintage outfits to street formal like how I’m dressed now
decribed it’s classic dapper mixed with street style.
You know whenever i dress i just want to stand out it’s not me bragging or anything like that but i just want to stand out for you to see my outfit and applaude me if necessary also it’s about what do you want people to think of you when you’ve left Earth.
When i dress up it’s from monday to sunday in Pretoria but when I’m back home (Waterval) i only dress up when there’s an occasion cause you know how people are back home.
On my outfits I’m picky there’s certain shoes that i like
if i we’re to buy them people would think I’m crazy i remember last time my mom bought me a pair of adidas kicks not that i disliked them those kicks are fresh but in my vision there is no outfit to correspond with those kicks even to-date and when i do wear them that’s when i feel like wearing whatever, with everything i wear it has to match up i don’t want to go out looking like I’m colour blocking or something.
The outfits I’m feeling right now
ripped long line shirts
long jackets (Parka, trenchcoat)
blue ripped tight jeans
Nike roshe runs
outfits I’m not feeling right now
Fake Cash time life clothing
petrol or milk
shorts with long white socks and a pair of chuck Taylors that’s so 2014.
I’m starting a brand titled rubbish in 2016 somewhere around February we gonna preview it.
Members are myself, kwanele DT (kwanza) who will deal with hiphop & Hector the dj/deephouse producer these guys will deal with media we even got samples of socks and caps etc and another thing is rubbish it’s not only fashion we are an entertainment hub cause we want to be independent when we make it….we don’t wanna depend on anyone we want to have in house resources.
i might not be the greatest in fashion but rather than sitting my ass down and relying on society i need to stand up on my own two feet and chase my goals so i can become an idol just like Maitele, Shaun-the stylish, Stilo magolide, Okmalumkoolkat and Ricky Rick…these guys not that they are cults in fashion but they just know the type of texture/element they are looking for in cloth, they do know it. My love for fashion is soul connected somewhere somehow your soul must connect with what you want all and all what im trying to say is with fashion i wanna show my people in Waterval the importance of having a goal…2016 watch out!