We have handpicked 12 ladies who have created names for themselves in the music and nightlife scene and become forces to be reckoned with. Talents from Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban will be coming together to celebrate sisterhood through sound. These leading ladies in the campaign include women from all walks of life with one thing in common – the love for music.
Buhle Moletsane burst onto the scene after winning former Top Billing presenter Jo-ann Strauss’ very first online presenter search in 2011. She was seasoned & mentored by Ms Strauss & her partners including the bold & brilliant Bonang Matheba & formidable businesswoman Carol Bouwer, who appeared on the cover of Destiny Mag with Miss Moletsane & has continued guiding her to this day.
In 2012 after inspiring Jo-ann’s Glambition, Buhle appeared as a guest presenter on the show which opened numerous doors for her. She became the on-site correspondent for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that year – interviewing the likes of Jen Su, Nkhensane Nkosi, Ursula Stephens who styles Rihanna & fashion week stakeholders who later praised Buhle for her attractive personality & professionalism.
Miss Moletsane also became the PONDS Spokesperson for Unilever & part of her role was to travel across the country to 124 high schools, educating young women on grooming, hygiene & self-love. Meeting disadvantaged youth touched Buhle so much that she continued communicating with them beyond her PONDS duties. She began by donating matric dance dresses, essentials & toiletries to the young women, then furthered her engagement through a book club which she founded because it’s through information & education that these young ladies can overcome their unfortunate circumstances….
Realising her love for human connection & communication, Buhle ventured into radio in 2014, hosting & producing content on The Lunch Box, a midday show at UNISA FM. She went to TransAfrica Radio a year later to reach a bigger audience & hone her skill. 2014 was good to Buhle as it presented acting opportunities too for the young talent. She began her acting career on Generations by playing Ntombenhle, then she joined the Majakathata family on SABC 2 playing Kimmy a young wife to a stupidly rich businessman. She played Lerato in a Don’t Look Down film titled Dancing Divas before auditioning for the role of Zinzi on ETV’s Rhythm City. Though she didn’t get that role, her ability to hold an audience captive saw the production creating a whole new character specifically for her. Buhle became Refilwe in 2015 (which she still plays) & in 2016 her biggest role came in the form of Gabisile on Mzansi Magic’s Greed & Desire. The character was initially meant to appear for a few episodes but Buhle has an amazing knack for keeping audiences yearning for more, so her character was developed further & Buhle played Gabi until the Season’s end. At the moment Buhle is Phumla on ETV’s Harvest, she’s launched her soul-DJ career & is coming out with her own brand of hair soon.
Mandisa Radebe aka DBN GOGO is originally from Durban but has lived most of her life n Pretoria, before later moving to France for a few years. She has always been passionate and had love for music, two genres she developed a deep connection with were house and electronic music listening to the likes of Mobi and DJ Mbuso.
DBN Gogo has become a reputable DJ who has gained traction not just through her DJing skills – but her ability to mix commercial and underground house music.
Described as disruptable and unexpected, DBN Gogo is not your average girl next door and people love her for that. Having only officially been in the industry for a little over a year, she has finally discovered her lifelong dream to work and play as a DJ in Mzansi’s thriving music industry. Born Mandisa Radebe, DBN Gogo is rapidly becoming what can best be described as “the people’s choice” when it comes to nightlife party starters. She has featured alongside some of the most reputable and highly demanded artists in the entertainment industry. Some of the events she has featured in include, party power house Ultra South Africa, Until Until, Trace Roots, Wits O Week, Durban July and Mint Fridays at Zone 6 venue.
DBN Gogo credits her colourful taste in music to her diverse background. Born and raised in what can be argued as Mzansi’s groove capital, she moved to Pretoria and had a stint travelling in Europe. Having called many places home, she has a curated taste in music that has crafted a uniquely South African sound that keeps the dance floor on fire. Stay connected on our social media pages to find out more about her journey as a one of Mzansi’s hottest female DJ’s.
Thando also known as Lady Amar was born is the township of Soweto Johannesburg in Gauteng. Although she was born in Soweto, Thando was raised in Orange farm by a single mother and grandmother. She is a very well disciplined child who was taught to be strong from a very young age. “My mother is a strong woman who taught me that going through tough times is a lesson to keep me going.” Thando grew up in a very underprivileged background but that did not stop her from going after what she wants.
This very inspiring young woman is a recording artist and a commercial house dj and started singing at a very young age. She grew up wanting to pursue a career in teaching but we all know that as you grow you get to know yourself better and then decided to follow her destiny which is anything to do with music. She believes that singing and her love for music is her God given talents and believes that what she is doing now is what she was destined to do.
Like most of us, Thando has had a lot of downfalls. In the year 2012, Thando got her first job where she worked as a waitress at The Bread Basket. She was later promoted to supervisor but unfortunately got retrenched after two years. Thando did not let that stop her though and she then found a new job at a company called BEE STRATA, where she worked as a verification analyst and this was in 2015. In that same year, Thando decided to resign and put all her focus on her music career and that is when everything started coming together.
The following year, Thando decided to audition for South African Idols and unfortunately did not make it. All of this did not stop her as she believed that she was and still is destined for greatness.
She has since studied at FUSE Academy and has been playing at Johannesburg’s hottest clubs and parties. Thando worked on a song titled Ekseni with two upcoming artists from Orange Farm and the song has been doing very well on the streets.
Thando is very well known as an events DJ/vocalist who goes by the name of DJ Lady Amar as has made a name for herself Djying alongside some of the best DJ’s in the industry and bringing life to some of the best parties.
From Ultra’s throbbing music festivals to the showrooms of Rolls Royce and Louis Vuitton DJ Kimmy K is fast becoming a citadel of cultural expression. Naturally her striking features behind the decks have carved out her own personal style alongside every trending event.
Currently voted as one of the World’s top 100 female DJ’S, for Kimmy K music is something more than girl power, it’s an innate passion that emanates from your soul…and she is the translator.
Central to her craft is her musicality enriched by her worldwide travels, it demonstrates her intuitive ability to adapt to any audience in any environment. Her musical proficiency ranges from Deep to Afro House, Commercial to tech House and beyond. Her ultimate objective is to draw on emotion using music as the medium
Her current local residencies and playgrounds include Onyx, Taboo, Altitude, Babylon, Shimmy Beach Club, Coco, Saint, Sun International and Corona.
Internationally she has rocked the decks in the world’s biggest party islands like Ibiza and Bali and in and around the African Continent.
She has played back to back with the Fathers of House music Sandy Rivera and David Morales and the likes of Croatia squad and Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. She has opened for local and international superstars such as Juicy M, Sons of Maria, Clinton Sparks, Willy Monfret, Toni Varga, Marc Maya, Tony Cha Cha, Timo ODV, AKA, Pretty Pink, Sammi Morales, Lady Zamar, Euphonik, DJ Fresh, Goodluck and more.
Kimmy K has graced the stages of the biggest music festivals in Africa including Ultra, H2O, Neverland and Octopia with headliners like Black Coffee, Tiesto, Afrojack, Robin Schulz, Martin Garrix and Fedde Le Grande.
Furthermore, she has represented some of the world’s top brands like Rolls Royce, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Corona, RedBull, Topshop, The One & Only, Armada Deep, HedKandi, Playboy, Fashion Week, The SA Style awards, Cosmo, Glamour and many more.
Quirky, ambitious, vivacious, driven and ready for any challenge that comes her way. She’s your traffic-eye in the sky on Radio 2000, Metro FM and SAfm, and has you streaming on weekdays, as she explores real-life women’s issues on the brand-new talk show All Woman TV. These are amongst the many qualities that epitomise the quintessential MC, radio and TV personality Kia Johnson.
With the year in full swing, Johnson is showcasing more of her personality on all broadcasting platforms and bringing light to the brilliance that is women embracing technology. She has partnered with a dynamic team of women to launch the new women’s YouTube talk show All Woman TV, which is currently on its second episode. Johnson is joined on the show by TV and radio personality Fiona Furey, author and writer Chwayita Ngamlana, and arts therapist Dr Makgathi Mokwena. The show aims to create a transparent space that allows the panel to engage in an open dialogue regarding women’s issues with a select guest each episode.
Viewers can catch Johnson wax lyrical on all things feminine with the All Woman TV crew on YouTube and indulge themselves in the real, sublime and often hilarious discussions the panel engages in.
After graduating from the University of Western Cape with a BCom in Human Resources Management, Johnson began her radio and broadcasting career that has gone on to span over 15 years and counting. Since her broadcasting debut, she has interviewed and met a range of local and international personalities, such as Chef Gordan Ramsay, Pastry Chef extraordinaire Eric Lanlard and English actor and comedian John Cleese, to name but a few.
“Growing up, I was your typical introverted class nerd who always read a book and was enthralled by the creative world of words.” A couple of years later though, Johnson does admit that she grew to become the extrovert that she is today, which naturally drew her into a career in media and entertainment.
A familiar face to TV, Johnson presented and produced for the Expresso Morning Show on SABC3, then went on to launch her own TV show, Life of KJ, which aired on Openview HD, Star Sat and Deen TV. The show, which was a huge success, excelled in its aim to empower viewers through the profiling of individuals in the community who have turned their unfavourable conditions into stories of hope.
In 2011, Johnson was actively involved in the campaign that lead to Table Mountain being inaugurated as one of the seven wonders of nature. Johnson utilised her TV, radio and social
networking platforms to increase the awareness of the campaign, and she single-handedly educated and showcased the campaign to schools across the country.
In addition to her broadcasting prowess, Johnson gives her time to charitable causes. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the NGO, she also extends her time to her chosen CSI, Tygerberg Children’s Hospital (TCH), and previously, she contributed to raising funds for the Children Who Can 4 Children Who Can’t campaign. Being a mother herself, she has also focused on the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit at TCH and has raised funds for the Neo-Natal ward.
In 2017, Johnson was a key contributor and maintained second place in the world for the HeardPSA initiative, which was coordinated in partnership with CNN and the Global Sustainability Network. The prestigious judging panel included the likes of Wesley Snipes, Joseph Fiennes, Olivier Martinez and feature film director Philip Boston. “Our focus for the initiative was on human trafficking for My Freedom Day. Since then, I have felt more drawn to a greater purpose, so I have decided that 2018 is the year for me to focus on creating awareness around this very serious issue and how we, as citizens of this world, can change it.”
Known for her healthy living, Johnson is a Muaythai ambassador for the two-time Muaythai World Champion Quentin Chong’s Dragon Power Muaythai, MMA and Fitness Centre.
Abby Nurock describes herself as a purist. Her emotive relationship with music is her therapy, devoted strictly to vinyl. Infectious dance grooves and the majestic beats of the deeper sounds of house and tech infiltrate the hearts of the crowd.
Her Dj career began in 2002 with the purchase of two mint condition, second hand Technics SL/1210 decks on which she continues to play today. Her love for sourcing quality music drives her to expand her extensive collection of vinyl, boasting vocal, soulful, deep, funky, jazzy house, techno and minimal-tech, disco and nu-disco. She amalgamates her collection of old school and current/new school beats, freshly pressed and imported from various record labels around the world. A versatile purveyor of quality across a plethora of genres, she is raw, real and passionate.
Strawberry Lips is glad to have Abby on board as the December #SweetBeatsSista
#YOUCHOOSE: WE CHOOSING TO GRAB LIFE BY THE BOOBS
Boobs, Boobs, Boobs.
Have we got your attention now? A campaign that speaks nothing but truth. This October we are asking South Africans to choose to fly in our new Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign.
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, some are small, some are large. We push them up, we strap them down, we let them hang free. They go through the most. We love our breasts but, if we don’t get up close and personal with them, they could be the death of us. Guys, gals and non-binary folk let’s chat breast cancer.
As true supporters of sisterhood, this October Strawberry Lips is spreading the message that by getting tested you are choosing to live your best life.
Every year, the brand with the most ups the ante to spread the message that young people need to check their breasts, and this year, we are taking that message to the stratosphere!
Everyone’s favourite strawberry-flavoured liqueur with a touch of tequila wants you to choose to fly, choose life by getting tested in our latest Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, #YouChoose, complete with a kickass video and awesome prizes. Why? Because breast cancer doesn’t just affect you when you are older. It can strike at any age.
Our brand ambassador, Lady Amar exclaims “I love life, that’s why I choose to get tested during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Now, it’s your turn to live life to the fullest with me by getting tested.”
Join the conversation, share your stories and support the movement by contributing to essential breast checks and educational drives.
Strawberry Lips is the instigator of a good time. It’s fun, it’s laced with tequila, it’s pink. And every girlfriends get together has to be with Strawberry Lips.
It’s a chance to hear the low-down, the what’s hot, the who’s hot. Take a sip and you’ll discover that Strawberry Lips is all about sharing.
Straight from your lips to your friends’ ears.
It’s the one to Sip and it’s the one to Share.
Stand to WIN Sip & Share Pamper Party sessions to the value of R150,000 plus Spa Vouchers and discount coupons.
Simply buy a bottle of Strawberry Lips Tequila, scan the QR code on pack and click the ‘SIP & SHARE’ link or click though to the mobile platform: bit.ly/3jSINHN.
Then for the months of August and September, keep your eyes on Strawberry Lips social media channels for more amazing giveaways as some of SA’s top influencers, including Lady Amar get all glammed up and have sip & share sessions of their own.
It’s that easy – pour, sip – and share!
While 2020 was unpredictable AF, we’ve got all the cheat codes.
We got together some of our favourite ladies in travel, fashion, beauty and food to get their insights on what we can expect for the year to come. The future looks bright babes! Be sure to get your sunnies out and, of course, a bottle of Strawberry Lips!
Sun-kissed actress & writer, Benike Palfi of I Love Foodies is all about the beach, nature, puppies and travelling, but her real obsession lies in what’s on the plate. As the go-to for all our foodie needs, she looked in her cupboard to bring us the biggest food trends of 2021!
I think we can all agree that 2020 was a tough year. And though we aren’t sure whether we should be going out and buying our 2021 daily planners just yet, I reckon we bring the fun back into our lives — and our food! Go, grab some snacks, you’ll need them. Here are four fun-filled food trends that I’m most excited about for 2021!
Go Back to Basics
This year is all about making your life easier, not more difficult. We’ve got enough to deal with on our plates (pun intended). Some nights you just don’t want to cook and need something that’s simple, tasty, and beautifully stress-free. My go-to solution? A simple homestyle feast that can be whipped up in under 30 minutes and that requires virtually no cooking.
It’s also an easy way to make sure you eat a well-balanced meal and you’ll get the joy of trying different foods and sharing the whole experience with the family. Win-win!
Make a few slices of toast cut them into squares, and top with cheese, salami, and ham, skewer up some cheese and gherkins (if you are feeling extravagant you could also add some pickled onions) . Make deviled eggs and top it all off with a helping of rosa tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, parsley, mushrooms and more.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely influenced the way we eat out – and the way we eat in. While fancy gourmet meals and fine dining experiences are always a win, going back to old family favourites is a must as well.
After all, if you’re stressed and worried about the world, why not choose some lasagne as therapy? My personal favourites include spaghetti bolognese, lasagne and potato bake.
Try "rokott krumpli", a Hungarian speciality that's great for the soul and terrible for the waistline. Stuffed with 2kg of sour cream (that's an enormous exaggeration, of course, but the more, the better), bacon, eggs, potatoes, and all the hearty goodness you can think of, this is a comfort food staple in my household that's definitely worth trying.
Order The Dessert
I recently read an article that looked back on 2020 food trends and a surprising discovery was that the consumption of cookies had remarkably increased — even resulting in a cookie shortage in some places!
No doubt, this trend will continue. And, after all, why shouldn’t it? If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that life is short and uncertain, and it can be so hard. Don’t forget about the fruits and veggies and exercising, of course, but live your life and eat the food that makes you happy.
This year, why not grab the cookie or order the dessert? We’re done skipping puds! Have that bubblegum milkshake and pretend you’re ten years old.
Try Something New
Like These Epic Strawberry Lips Pancakes!
Sure, pancakes are always fun. But do you know what makes them even more fun? Adding a bit of pink and a hint of strawberry flavour – it’s easy to achieve with Strawberry Lips.
Simply make your usual pancake recipe, divide the dough into two bowls and add 2 shots of Strawberry Lips to one of the bowls. So, you’ll end up with one standard pancake mixture and one pink mixture. Then fry your pancakes as standard, and layer them one white, one pink until you get a nice, big pancake stack. Voila, the perfect Sunday morning breakfast is done!
Upgrade your pink Strawberry Lips pancakes by topping with cream, strawberries, sprinkles and of course the pièce de resistance - another dash of Strawberry Lips!
Former major in the SANDF, Bontlefeela Mogoye took her passion for fashion and made it her mission. Today, the fashion stylist has done the impossible, tried to predict fashion trends for 2021!
In 2020 we fully embraced the athleisure look while working remotely and the hottest new accessory was the face mask! So little about the year was predictable but one thing was for sure, whatever we were doing, we made it a look.
Let’s take a peek at the biggest fashion trends to look out for in 2021, whether in the workplace or hanging with the girls.
Office wear has become so easy to relate to. It’s no longer about being expected to wear a tie and under the knee skirt, tucked in shirt or blouse and a pair of kitten heels. Many corporate organisations have done away with old school protocols and are allowing their staff to wear whatever suits them (as long as you still looking presentable that is!).
Though, you still want to go for the looks that are always in style in the office: white crispy shirt, fitted pants, pleated dress and a belt. Let’s not forget a classy pair of heels, a little bit of colour will do the trick.
Girls Get Together
I firmly believe that fashion is a way of expressing yourself without trying too hard. And what better environment to show off the true you than at a girls get together to share Strawberry Lips over ice. You can never go wrong with a flowy summer dress, a big sun hat, shades and beautiful sandles. Chiffon dresses give it a nice flowy effect and you can update the look with a neck chain.
My favourite go-to outfit is simple but chic: opened-leg long pants with an oversized shirt, finished with a pair of block heels.
A dress is not everyone’s cup of tea but for me, a date is not complete without a little black dress. Another stunning piece for people who are not into a little black number, a satin dress with spaghetti stripes always does the trick. Add drop earrings to give it an edgy effect for that powerful date night.
For those who are looking for something a little bit dramatic, I recommend a detailed classic suit with a lace bodysuit that screams bold but quiet. Complete the look with three-inch heels, which will give you some leg elevation. I mean, is it even a date night without those three-inch high heels, ladies?
Dinner parties are every girl’s best friend, and when everyone dresses up you also want to look the part.
Nothing is more playful than a colourful sequin dress, sequins are fun and quick to attract the eye. We know it is a party but the only drama you need is in your dress. You want something that screams “Look at me, I am here!” with a little bit of edge but keeping it chic. It is a classic look that keeps on making it back every season.
Another favourite of mine is a ruffled tier dress, it adds a little bit of volume but is still not too much fabric. Or add some boujee vibes with a blazer dress – add a chunky belt to create an illusion of an hourglass figure by drawing the eye line to your waist.
Don’t shy away from colour. The bolder the better, you want to stand out in any setting.
And just like the Strawberry Lips bottle, pink has to be one of the most popular colours every fashion closet must-have this season!
As I always say, there is no such thing as too much – especially where pink is involved!
Beauty vlogger and content creator with the brazen personality and G mentality, Landzy Gama takes a peek into her beauty lens to share what 2021 has in store…
Last year really came through with some great trends despite the circumstances, people were serving looks from the comfort of their homes. From your crown to your eyes, let’s see what was in vogue for 2020 and what we should look forward to this year.
We all know when your hair looks good, you feel good! So, what hairstyles will people be rocking next year? Lately, I have seen a lot of ladies getting their hair laid, honey! What lace? A lot of queens are opting for having lace fronts installed by professionals or going instore and getting their hands on some Got2B Glu. It gives off an effortless and put together look which highlights the face.
Of course, lace fronts have been around for a while but right now they seem to be the style on the streets.
We have more access to salons, all the tools needed to lay our wigs and thousands of hair tutorials to practice with, so I do expect to see you all serving laid edges in 2021!
What’s hot at the moment seems to be a glossy lip, I know I love me a glossy lip! Whether you’re rocking your favourite matte lip and topping it off with a lip gloss or wearing a gloss on its own, your favourite glossy lip combo brings the whole makeup look together and takes it from a 9 to a 10.
I’ve seen a lot of nude glossy looks, as well as pink glossy (inspired by the new and award-winning bottle of Strawberry Lips) looks matched with a dramatic eye.
At the moment our lips are covered 90% of the time but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear your favourite lipstick. P.S. Please remember to wear a mask, issa pandemic.
Wearing a mask every day means your eyes do the talking, so they definitely need to stand out! As a result, I have been seeing a lot of beautiful bold eyeshadow looks. And quarantine gave us a lot of time to practice! I’ve seen a lot of matte eyeshadow cut creases, it’s my go-to look especially in our favourite shade of pink like Strawberry Lips. You can never go wrong, it is super easy to achieve.
Finish it off with a pair of dramatic lashes!
What’s a makeup look without lashes? Count me out sis. People are stepping out of their comfort zones and are rocking lashes, whether it’s a dramatic or natural lash.
When picking a signature scent, keep in mind that that’s the smell people will associate you with. I love being told I smell great and I know it leaves a lasting impression, so I take my perfume selection process very seriously. As of late, I have been loving very floral scents – it smells like spring and sunshine. A scent that draws people in, not because it’s strong but because it smells inviting and makes people want to get to know you. It’s also perfect because it isn’t too overwhelming and is the perfect feminine touch with a dash of elegance.
I see this trend making it into 2021 because why not? To be honest, I don’t ever see it going out of style.
And, when in doubt, find more beauty inspiration from Strawberry Lips.
Traveller, adventurer and all-round fierce honey, Lerato Lefafa looks into her crystal ball to see how we’ll be travelling this year…
The COVID-19 world pandemic has undoubtedly presented an interesting challenge for both travel operators and travel enthusiasts over the last few months. In South Africa, the initial travel restrictions have been lifted and people can now reconnect with their friends and family across domestic borders.
But tourism post-pandemic is going to look a bit different. Everyone has had to be adaptable and innovative in their approach to travel while sticking to Government regulations that are still in place – for example, social distancing.
So, let’s look at how domestic travel can be a way to get back into the swing of things and save you money. Here are some 2021 local travel trends, which may serve as a few reasons to travel more within our borders:
This makes for the easiest travel option as you do not have to travel out of your city or province to discover new things. It also means less planning because who has time for that. We can all attest to transport and accommodation being the biggest costs when travelling, so with a staycation, you get to save and instead you that cash on food, drinks and entertainment.
There are so many destinations to try that are just two hours away.
Like with peak and off-peak seasons, most local hotels, spas and resorts have midweek deals where it is often cheaper to book during the week vs the weekend. Here are my top picks for destinations that are just two hours away!
- Joburg: Muldersdrift or Magaliesberg
- Durban: Port Shepstone or Midlands Meander
- Cape Town: Paternoster or Yzerfontein
Discount deals are on the rise, especially on social media. A new marketing style that hotels have adopted to excite travellers about their offerings is by having influencers and/or digital content creators visit their establishments to create beautiful and relatable content to then be shared on their respective platforms for their audiences to access discounted deals for bookings.
So, keep your eyes peeled on their ‘grams so you don’t miss out!
I have a couple of go-to 'grammers on my list. These are my two favourites:
Why not look to the travel experts to plan your trips as reliable sources for travel information? The bonus is that COVID-19 has made travel agencies way more innovative in terms of the services they offer so that they can stand out from the crowd. Focusing on specific niche markets within travel has been one way to do this, like corporate travel, budget travel and luxury travel.
I recommend visiting agency websites for local luxury travel deals at special prices. Try these two:
Group travel is on the up and up, but it is still important that health and safety precautions are adhered to. This travel option often includes a planned itinerary from transport and accommodation to activities in a chosen location and are a budget-friendly way to explore and connect with new people.
Use trusted group travel operators who offer bang for your buck. These are my two go-to's:
Now that you have seen that South African travel can be affordable, it is time to take good advantage of this and experience new things.
And don’t forget, no matter the day of the week or the destination, no holiday is complete without a bottle of Strawberry Lips!