Krauselocke Twaambo meets singer Malayika
Whilst attending the prestigious Ayf 2013 Adler awards (African Youth Foundation/ http://www.ayf.de/), I sat at my table, breath taken by the beautiful surroundings at the Kameha hotel and there tapping my foot anxious for the event to begin.
Then she walked in. Rather her big hair walked in. I felt all warm inside. A fellow naturalista: Malayika!
Lucky for me, she sat at my table, and a friendship ensued! Here is some information about this great artist, singer /song writer and most importantly about her hair!
1. How has your hair been a part of your identity?
Besides my skin, it was the one thing that clearly revealed me as an African, so I didn’t like my hair as a child, because I didn’t know my whole heritage at that time and only had white role models around. 17 years old, being a total rebel, I started having dreadlocks. Only then I felt proud of my hair and me being “different” from the rest of the society. Later I had a 2 mm Diana King-Style, then I “relaxed” them – which looked like imitating european hairstyles… So I let the “bush” grow again to show the African Youth how happy we can be with whatever hair we are born with, you see?
2. What do you love about your hair and what do you do to take care of it? i.e products, oils/butters/ conditioners/ things like that. hHow often do you wash, do you do anything special?
I wash my hair once a week, sometimes twice and I use only Afro-American products, no – one hair creme is from Ghana! I only shampoo & condition them with mainly natural stuff. Rich oil and/or leave in conditioner I’m using everyday. Sometimes I strengthen my hair with original and pure Beurre de Karité (Shea butter) – which I get directly from Mali, Ghana or Togo – I also use this for my skin, especially my face.
3. Do you believe that your hair influences your music in any way
Since I had to deal with learning how to love it, it is part of my Africanization message, which says: “be strong in your africaness, however you express it!”
4. What message do you have for curly haired ladies like you out there?
Be sure that those curls are beautiful and unique, however the texture is – carry your crown with dignity… 😉
5. Could you tell us one random funny fact about yourself?
No, I’m only funny on the spot, u gotta catch it…
For more on Malayika you can find her on the following social media websites
About Krauselocke Twaambo
Twaambo Kapilikisha is a Zambian lady in Germany who has discovered her writing and speaking abilities through internet radio and blogging. She enjoys exploring the different facets of women and exploring life by asking questions,through her blogs Mukaintu (http://mukaintu.blogspot.de/)
and thebookwormgiraffe (http://thebookwormgiraffe.blogspot.de/ )
With Mukaintu she showcases African women and interviews them about their personal beliefs and what they would like other women to know as she feels that too many times women have been pitched against each other as opposed to helping one another. She believes that the image of African women needs to be rebranded and she is working on this in her small way, showing African women they are more than what they have told they are. She hosts a radio show called Diasporan Truth on Zambia Blogtalk Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/zambiablogtalkradio) where she engages with people mainly in the diaspora (young and old) to mobilize and bring positive change to Zambia. She is the author of ‘How FOMO (fear of missing out) is actually making you miss out !: (http://amzn.to/MjWG0A ) and is also very proud to be the 2013 Adler award winner for the Aspiring Youth award!