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Phiri takes pride in ‘beautifying’ top musicians – Newsday

Shermina Amina Phiri and Jah Prayzah crew

SHERMINA Amina Phiri takes pride in her trade as a beautician who works with top musicians to bring out that desired magnificent look for their video shoots or sets for different occasions.

Phiri, who is popularly known as Momma Peaches in her circles, recalls the humble beginnings of a career that started as a hobby with a small kit of cheap make-up brushes in 2016.

She had dreams to study software engineering at university, but her passion took over.

She was enrolled at one of the most prestigious beauty schools, Camelot International in Pretoria, South Africa, and later got an internship at SkinPhD in the same city and country.

After the internship, Phiri got a job at Gossip Beauty, where she gained vital experience, but later moved to join renowned cosmetologist Stella Ndlovu after Gossip Beauty owners relocated to the United Kingdom.

With the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, Phiri crossed the Limpopo River back home to become her own boss as she later established Alluring Beauty Spa.

NewsDay Weekender caught up with Phiri, a mother of one girl who shared her journey as a beautician among other issues.

House call services

As I could not depend on hand to mouth after I had given birth, after three months, I started doing make-up house calls and managed to survive.

Until today, I do offer home call services depending on the nature of booking. We are open to all ages for both males and females as Alluring Beauty is where friendship, beauty and passion intertwine.


My first breakthrough was in November 2021 when I worked with musician Jah Prayzah. I was with my friend Nyasha. We worked with one of the best video directors Vusa “Blaqs” Hlatshwayo, he was such an inspiration.

With just a post of Jah Prayzah’s picture and I, I heard people talking. I was now on the map, but at that time, I could not post any behind the scenes pictures until the videos were released.

I kept a close contact with Blaqs as I became a favourite of many in Mutare, especially the young girls. This was later followed with a nomination as the Best Make-up Artist for Manicaland Creative Awards against big names and I went on to scoop the award.

After that, I have worked with hip-hop singer Takura, sungura musician Alick Macheso, social media influence Yahya Good Vibes real name Mitchel Mutongwizo and award-winning movie director Amanda Ranganawa.

Getting to run a beauty spar

Although I had no capital, I confidently came up with a business proposal to take over the spa I once worked for. Faith gave me the courage as all I needed was to take over the spa.

It took several months for the proposal to get approved. As I waited for the approval, I wrote a letter of financial request and started randomly posting it to some businessmen and women.

All the letters were rejected, but that did not stop me as I was so determined to get the contract for the spa to run.

Surprisingly, my mother came to my rescue, she responded to my letter and I got the money. I am paying it back since it was a business loan.

Understanding body hygiene

People need to know what hygiene is. It is the practise of maintaining good health and preventing diseases, especially through cleanliness. Poor hygiene leads to a lot of illnesses. Poor mouth hygiene can lead to gingivitis (a common and mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness and swelling), while poor body hygiene can lead to body odour, breakouts and skin diseases. As a somatologist, it is my responsibility to educate people on how to maintain good hygiene.


The challenges I face are getting people onto the bandwagon. This is quite new to vana Wasu (people of Chimanyika dialect), so it is going to take much time to convince them to come to the spa.

At the same time, some men have a false ideology that there is an extra prize at the end of the treatment. I have, however, trained my girls, they know exactly what to do when it happens.

The other biggest challenge is people not wanting to pay the full price for a package. We have a lot of room for negotiators and am working on people to get to know our services better.


On my birthday (November 1), I opened Alluring Beauty Spa located at number 7772 Honde Street in Murambi, Mutare.

We offer holistic treatments such as steam and sauna as well as body treatments, massage, manicure and pedicure, waxing and facials. I have managed to open another branch, so I have two branches running.

I also have a make-up studio located at corner 1st street and Aerodrome Road in Mutare where we offer makeup services and soon to offer nail treatments and eyelash extensions.

Parting shot

I would like to thank my parents for believing in me. You know in a typical African set-up, parents want their children to become a doctor, teacher, nurse or lawyer, not saying it is bad, but sadly, some do not invest in their children’s passion. It has been God’s grace from the beginning of my career. A big thank you goes to all my friends, family and clients who believe in my brand.

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Find Fun for All the Family in Zimbabwe – Drift Travel Magazine

Great Plains, the tourism conservation organisation founded by National Geographic filmmakers and explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, is delighted to present its most fabulous family safari offering, the Young Explorers Programme at Tembo Plains Camp, Zimbabwe. From child-friendly treatments at the Bush Spa to guided expeditions in search of wildlife big and small, the explorers of tomorrow will be treated to a family holiday of a lifetime with Great Plains. 
“The Young Explorers Programme at Great Plains is very dear to my heart”, said Great Plains CEO and co-founder Dereck Joubert. “We can all remember the liberating freedom, as kids, when we could run about outside all day long, making stuff from sticks, catching tadpoles, and climbing trees. And where better to recreate (and elevate!) that magic than at our majestic Tembo Plains Camp, against a backdrop of the Zambezi, joined by elephants, hippos, giraffes and more? As children, we explore, we discover, we get lost in our adventures, but we always return wiser and more enlightened. Safaris with kids are much the same, and we hope to ignite what will become a lifelong passion for wildlife, conservation and – above all – adventure!”

Family Fun at Tembo Plains

Suitable for families with children aged six and up, Tembo Plains Camp is tucked away into a thick riverine forest on the edge of the Zambezi River, in the private 128,000-hectare Sapi Private Reserve, east of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park.
An exquisite two-bedroom family unit has been designed and decorated by Dereck Joubert and Beverly Joubert. “I really wanted to build something that was partly tented but paid architectural reference to the Zimbabwean ruins in stone. It is a playful design which is ideal for families,” commented Joubert. Sleeping two adults and two children in two tented bedrooms with a shared lounge, dining area and pool, provides luxurious accommodation for little adventurers to recharge their batteries after a day spent exploring the bush.
Activities on offer as part of Great Plains’ Young Explorer Programme include guided bush walks to find the smaller local creatures and learn all about plants, bugs and more while seeking out tracks and decoding the daily behaviour and routines of wild animals. Active adventurers will adore the opportunity to canoe down the Zambezi – spotting wildlife as they go – or indulge in a spot of bush cricket on the sandbanks of the river.
Back at camp, a world of entertainment awaits, from Young Explorers massages, manis and pedis at the Bush Spa, and traditional bracelet making to movie nights and cooking-in-the-bush lessons. When it comes to dining, even the tiniest of palates will be tantalised with an array of specially tailored menus featuring little ones’ favourites, and of course plenty of snacks, mocktails and other refreshments throughout the day!

The Great Plains Young Explorers Programme

The Great Plains Young Explorers Programme aims to educate and inspire the next generation of Conservation Ambassadors. The programme encourages children to become their most adventurous selves by stepping away from traditional everyday life, so they return home with an entirely new perspective as Great Plains Conservation Ambassador graduates. Upon arrival at camp, children will receive a Great Plains Young Explorers pack, including a safari cap, a neck buff, wild stickers, an activity book bursting with games, diary entries and more. The specially created activity book is filled with exciting information and games, animal tracks, a safari journal, and facts on flora, fauna and the night sky constellations of the southern hemisphere. Young guests are paired with an exceptionally trained guide who will host, teach and care for them with their families throughout their stay.
“We aim to develop new naturalists, to encourage those that have already started on this journey and to provide a safe place for that outdoor experience that is unavailable to so many today. At the same time, for every family we host, we set aside some money to host local children in our Conservation Camps, so this naturalist journey is shared locally. The bonds that are re-established on safari, in nature, go far beyond those we have at home. These regenerative moments make a lifetime of new family memories together, and Great Plains would like to facilitate these memories for you,” said Dereck Joubert.

Mpala Jena Camp

For wildlife-loving families wishing to extend their Zimbabwe adventure, Great Plains’ Mpala Jena Camp offers the perfect pitstop for soaking up the iconic Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. An intimate safari camp positioned along the beautiful tree-lined banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Mpala Jena is set within the 138,000-acre Zambezi National Park, which has a healthy and ever-increasing number of wildlife species, with higher concentrations of buffalo and elephants from June through to October. The Zambezi National Park, within easy driving access from Victoria Falls, has become an absolute gem of a reserve with some of the highest lions per density of any other Zimbabwean park. A magnet for wildlife, there are guaranteed sightings of massive crocodiles and hippos which make their presence seen and heard throughout the day and night.

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KeYona TV starts fully fledged programming – Bulawayo24 News

KeYona TV yesterday started broadcasting live fully fledged programming with soapies such as Umntakabhudi and a morning show called New Dawn.

KeYona TV which was officially launched in December has been working around the clock perfecting its studios, high end technology and signal strength.

Out of the 6 TV stations licensed by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, KeYona TV is the only station, which is solely based in Bulawayo.

Zimbabweans and Africans across the continent will enjoy KeYona TV using Azam TV platform (channel 398) and the Zimbabwe Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DDT) platform.

KeYona TV Head of TV productions Leslie Phiri said there are plans of opening a bureau in Harare and a regional Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“This is a historic moment for all Zimbabweans, particularly in Bulawayo where the TV station was conceived and birthed. This significant occasion is a game changer in the film and TV industry as the TV is giving a platform for local productions to air,” said Phiri.

He listed some of the television programmes that viewers can look forward to.

“The TV station came with a banger as it aired out one of the flagship soapies, Umntakabhudi which premiered last night, produced and directed by Bulawayo creative. Umenziwa, Harmony Valley and Tragedy are other stellar productions that await to be broadcast by KeYona tv which the viewers are bound to enjoy,” said Phiri.

“They will also dash entertaining shows from renowned personalities like Donna N and Gabbz Fire. Furthermore, KeYona TV as a news and entertainment channel will provide a platform for cutting edge discussions with thought leaders in Zimbabwe and beyond on the New Dawn, a show anchored by Leslie Phiri and Duduzile Mathema.”

He said there shall be a news bulletin every day at 1PM and 8PM. On weekends a magazine programme called Vista Live Fridays and Emncimbini on Friday and Saturday at 8.30PM. For sports lovers, from Monday to Friday there will be a sports show from 6PM to 7PM and Weekend Sports on Saturday and Sunday from 2PM to 6PM.

Phiri said KeYona TV will cater for all people as it is for the people.

“The young, old, teens, kids will get their fair share of services in line with what interests them. National news will be delivered up to date. Broadcasting on a global scale, KeYona TV is further excited to announce that it is broadcasting LIVE on one of Africa’s fastest growing satellite carriers Azam TV with a very strong presence in the Common Market for East and Southern African countries (COMESA),” said Phiri.

He said as the arts and cultural capital of Zimbabwe, KeYona TV is working extensively with creatives in Bulawayo and all parts of the country to deliver cutting edge broadcasting.

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Atlanta’s arts scene is unparalleled—and it’s time you started … – Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta arts February 2023
Kim’s Convenience, a hilarious and heart-warming play about a Korean immigrant family that runs a convenience store in Toronto, runs at the Aurora Theatre through February 19.

Photograph courtesy of Aurora Theatre

ARTlanta is a new column dedicated to celebrating the artists, creatives, and designers who give Atlanta its flavor. Our city has long had a reputation for nurturing the courageous and the bold. From performers to musicians, painters to animators, Atlanta is enriched and enlivened by their presence. In this space, I’ll highlight artists, discuss trends, and list can’t-miss events. Let’s paint the town peach.

Atlanta is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. The city’s scene has long commanded respect, but within the last few years, Atlanta has arrived. Our hip-hop scene sets the standard for the industry. Our theaters are premiering some of the most-produced plays across the nation. Our dancers can be seen from Broadway to the Kennedy Center—and that’s before we even get into our film and television industry. The Covid-19 pandemic presented innumerable challenges for working artists, but they still gave us their all and solidified Atlanta’s position as a cultural destination.

From immersive, virtual reality experiences to Zoom poetry slams, artists entertained us and articulated our experiences during a harrowing global pandemic and heart-wrenching racial reckoning. Some artists found it impossible to create in the midst of unrest, but others experienced a fury of inspiration. Either way, everything that bubbled up in them—and in us—is coming forth now. Our city will benefit from the art emerging from this moment in time for decades to come, yet many of our city’s artists and artistic institutions have struggled to re-engage longtime patrons, much less cultivate new ones. Organizations such as SMU DataArts and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management estimate that in Atlanta—and across the country—arts nonprofits will permanently lose 25 to 50 percent of their pre-pandemic audiences.

Why is it that people are more comfortable sitting in a stadium with more than 50,000 people for a football game than they are in a small theater to see a play, indie film, or concert? I have asked a wide variety of Atlantans this question for years, and the most common answer has nothing to do with money or time.

The number one reason people tell me they don’t engage with the arts is that they don’t know how to gauge whether something will be exceptional—and they want a guaranteed good time. They’re overwhelmed by the options and don’t trust their artistic instincts, so they abstain.

Here’s what I say: Trust your gut. Move toward what resonates with you, what interests you, and anything weird. Try going to different places and see whether you like them. All art, no matter the medium, is an experiment, and so is developing your artistic taste. Over the last decade, I have interviewed hundreds of Southern artists, some of whom are now selling paintings for tens of thousands of dollars or have been nominated for major acting awards. Even with commercial success, they’re still experimenting.

So, let’s experiment together. The arts aren’t back—in fact, they never left us, and so we must stand by them. It’s Black History Month, so the city is teeming with cultural events that range from historical to liturgical. Below are a few arts events across the metro that I’m looking forward to over the next month.

Atlanta arts February 2023
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, a Cinderella story set in Zimbabwe, runs at Synchronicity Theatre through February 19.

Photograph courtesy of Synchronicity Theatre

  • Millennials may be transported back in time when they hear the title Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. The beloved children’s book, written by John Steptoe, has been adapted into a musical at Synchronicity Theatre. In this Cinderella story set in Zimbabwe, sisters vie for the affection of the king, but must realize that their love for each other is their strongest asset. This is a great show for the whole family and runs through February 19.
  • Kim’s Convenience is the hilarious and heart-warming story of a Korean immigrant family that runs a convenience store in Toronto. Generational differences, cultural misunderstandings, and lots of laughs play out in this family comedy. See the play that inspired the hit Canadian television series, presented by Aurora Theatre, at the Lawrenceville Arts Center through February 19.
  • Hip-hop is Atlanta’s calling card. This month, there’s a unique chance to see some of the city’s pioneers and up-and-comers. Arrested Development will be at the Buckhead Theatre on February At the Coca-Cola Roxy, see J.I.D. and Smino on February 18 and 19.
  • Anyone who’s driven through Cabbagetown or seen the first Black Panther movie has seen Brandon Sadler’s work. Sadler grew up in Clarkston and became obsessed with anime at an early age. In his solo exhibit at Free Market Gallery, on view until February 28, he’s combining traditional Chinese calligraphy with the language of the South to see how the two mix.
  • True Colors Theatre is opening its 20th anniversary season with the world premiere of Good Bad People by Rachel Lynett from February 14 through March 12 at Southwest Arts Center. The play looks inside the lives of a well-to-do Black family dealing with the aftermath of their son’s death at the hands of police.
  • New Worlds: Georgia Women to Watch may be one of the most exciting mixed media exhibitions of the year. Local artists—Anila Quayyum Agha, Namwon Choi, Victoria Dugger, Shanequa Gay, and Marianna Dixon Williams—all work in different media and tell uniquely southern stories in their work. It runs at Atlanta Contemporary through June 4.

What’s on your list? Tell us what you’re creating or seeing using #ARTlanta on Twitter and Instagram.

About Kelundra Smith
I grew up in Stone Mountain and Loganville, where my parents and teachers got me into the arts early because that’s where energetic girls who talk a lot go. I am a theater critic, journalist, playwright, and lifelong arts lover. My articles about Southern art and artists have been published in the New York Times, ESPN, American Theatre, Garden & Gun, Oxford American, Bitter Southerner, ArtsATL, and elsewhere. As a playwright, my scripts focus on lesser-known historical events in Georgia’s history.


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