Nandi on be­ing Shaka’s mom

Busy star feels new re­al­ity fash­ion show a gift to con­ti­nent

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Em­manuel Tjiya

There is Nandi Ma­dida the celebrity fash­ion de­signer, ac­tress, mu­si­cian and TV pre­sen­ter, who is get­ting ready to launch her new re­al­ity fash­ion TV show Made in Africa. Then there is Ma­dida the de­voted wife and mother to one-year-six-month-old son Shaka. I got to know the lat­ter a lit­tle bet­ter dur­ing our chat over the phone on Wed­nes­day night – the odd hour of 9.30pm, to be ex­act. It’s a dark, cold win­ter night and she has just put Shaka to sleep. But as they say in show­biz, the show must go on. “Be­cause I’m on the phone with you my son just woke up, which means I’m go­ing to have to make him sleep again,” she says. “When he wakes up he’s so ex­cited about life. With moth­er­hood, I’ve learned to take things as they come. There is no time to be anx­ious. I love that be­cause it pre­pares you for any­thing – whether it’s with a pro­duc­tion or show­cas­ing at fash­ion week.” Ma­dida wel­comed Shaka in Novem­ber 2016 with hus­band and mu­sic star Zakes Bantwini. “He [Bantwini] is my best friend. He’s my big­gest sup­port struc­ture. I’m for­tu­nate to have that,” she gushes. “I love mar­ried life. It’s very im­por­tant to just keep work­ing at it. I’m re­ally in love, but in a re­al­is­tic man­ner.” In Feb­ru­ary, her cloth­ing brand Colour – in col­lab­o­ra­tion with emerg­ing de­signer Josh Pa­tron – made his­tory af­ter show­cas­ing a smash­ing col­lec­tion at New York Fash­ion Week (NYFW). She hints coyly to Time Out about who she will next col­lab­o­rate with for Colour’s new col­lec­tion, set to hit the run­way once again at NYFW later in the year. “I’m col­lab­o­rat­ing with – and I’m go­ing to be an­nounc­ing it at the end of the month – a gen­tle­man that is cur­rently work­ing with [Bri­tish su­per­model] Naomi Camp­bell,” she teases. “He just dressed her re­cently. I can’t reveal his name yet but I’m go­ing to be col­lab­o­rat­ing with him for New York Fash­ion Week. “I’m so ex­cited. I can’t wait for you guys to see that col­lec­tion. “He put that out­fit on me first. Naomi also liked it. So that is a hint.” But all clues point to Sene­galese-born fash­ion de­signer Omar Salam. While at NYFW ear­lier this year, Ma­dida fa­mously donned a tan ar­chi­tec­tural ensem­ble by Salam’s Sukeina fash­ion la­bel. Last month, Camp­bell was spot­ted out and about in the same look. Over the last year, there has been a no­tice­able shift in Ma­dida’s ca­reer, with less TV and mu­sic gigs and more fash­ion work. She in­sists that it has not been a con­scious move on her part. “It’s an or­ganic move­ment that my name is be­com­ing more syn­ony­mous with fash­ion, more than de­lib­er­ate. The tim­ing is just right,” she says. On Wed­nes­day, May 30, Ma­dida will make her de­but as the host and co-pro­ducer of Made in Africa on BET Africa. Billed as a first on the con­ti­nent, the new re­al­ity TV fash­ion show will see 18 young and emerg­ing de­sign­ers across Africa duke it out week af­ter week to be crowned the best in the busi­ness. “I have been of­fered a cou­ple of shows sim­i­lar to Made in Africa, but the main rea­son I chose this was be­cause it was celebrating the con­ti­nent first,” she points out. “What a time to be alive, where we can cel­e­brate African fash­ion de­sign­ers. We have had many fash­ion shows com­ing through, but peo­ple have been com­plain­ing on the con­ti­nent that we are not celebrating the con­ti­nent enough. So here is the an­swer to that and a gift to the con­ti­nent, in a time where peo­ple are celebrating Black Pan­ther and Afro­fu­tur­ism.” It has been a long while since the re­lease of hit songs such as Skhanda Love with rap­per K.O and Fly Away with house mae­stro DJ Kent. Ma­dida re­veals that af­ter a long wait, fans should ex­pect new mu­sic from her next month. “As of next month I will be back, mu­si­cally. We hinted at collaborations, [but] I’m go­ing to be re­leas­ing my own stuff too,” she says.

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Nandi Ma­dida is in a happy space, jug­gling moth­er­hood and all her many re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in show­biz and fash­ion.

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