Wesley Ruzibiza Macari is the artistic director at Amizero Kompagnie and a contemporary dancer. The father of one has many passions including culture and astronomy. He has a thing for music and poetry and likes to use “irrational words” to reach out to his audience. He spoke to Society Magazine’s Stephen Kalimba about his sense of style.
What determines your fashion style ?
I like basketball t-shirts, jeans and light shoes. I hate flashy things because I like to blend in and not stand out. I love being simple, smart and casual.
Tell us about your shoes?
I love Puma, Adidas and Nike. They are simple, thrifty and long-lasting.
Have you had an awkward wardrobe day?
Not that I can remember but whenever I meet with my West African counterparts, I feel out of place. They are eccentric in their style. They have richclothing in different styles, heavy jewelry and interesting head gear. They really embrace their culture in their fashion.
Can our local designers learn something from them?
Absolutely. Designers from West Africa are creative. People buy their clothes in Europe and elsewhere. They have designing schools too. We don’t have many such schools in the region, may be in Kenya.
What is your favourite accessory?
Yes, I like watches especially big brands like Rolex and Lassale. It has to be simple, with leather straps and titanium. In fact,so many of my watches have been stolen. When I take it off, I find it gone.
So many young people, especially dancers, have a thing for MC Hammer pants and the Kitenge. What do you think about that?
I noticed this too but they (hammer pants) aren’t original.
Music influences and people copy a lot from it. Putting on Kitenge pants and tops is okay but it depends on how it’s done and where. It doesn’t work everywhere. If it’s a weekend they can do. But for a serious function you need to put your look together. You have to be mindful.
Does contemporary dance inspire your sense of style?
Not so much but I noticed that dancers like tight jeans and t-shirts.