Munewazwothe Mabasa gives VenRap heavyweight Mizo Phyll a haircut. Picture supplied.
Most celebrities nowadays – whether they be artists or radio presenters – sport stylish haircuts to make them look grand and beautiful as they walk the streets of Vhembe. But who is responsible for making them stand out so prominently among hundreds of people?
Limpopo Mirror got in touch with one of Vhembe’s top barbers, whose clients happen to be some of the foremost artists and entertainers among us.
Munewazwothe Mabasa (24) hails from Ha-Magidi near Sibasa but currently lives at Ha-Dumasi village. He has been in the hairdressing industry for nearly three years and operates his business in Thohoyandou P-west, Nazarene Street. His business is known as Mune Barbershop X Tattoo by Ghost.
“I developed a passion for this line of work in 2019 when I met the best barber around - Doctor the Barberman - who made me fall in love with this craft,” he said.
For the whole of 2019, Munewazwothe learned the tricks of the trade in hairdressing. In 2020, he decided to go professional and found a spot down the road at Merichie Building, opposite the Game Complex.
“My work comprises art and skill; I see myself as a hair artist,” he said. “When I cut someone’s hair, I make sure that I bring out the best in that person. I am also a tattoo fanatic, so my haircuts tend to be clear-cut because of my love for the art of tattoos.”
His clients include celebrities such as Mizo Phyll (VenRap artist), Vhuyie Da Dj, Racha Kill, Justin Shonga and Gvoice.
“My clients always appreciate my work, and knowing this motivates me to do even better,” he said. “I prefer to use the best equipment for the job. This gives me confidence, though my hairstyles are unique as they are. I offer my clients the best service, so I can’t exactly say that I am afraid of my competitors,” he said.
He says that his current challenges lie in the need for better equipment and adequate space to operate his business. He feels that if he can get an expansive space, he can boost his clientele and employ at least one or two youths.
Those who would like to get in touch with Munewazwothe Mabasa can call him on 072 415 2160.
Date:09 October 2021 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.