Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 25th 2015 Contents "Because we're
twins we have
over others. We
each can do
is key for us."
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By Tishanna Williams
WHEN CHRONIXX SAID, "I'm pleased to be
chillin' in the West Indies", he just may have
been talking about these two women. Trinida-
dian born and raised, these ladies are also
known for their world travels, which are docu-
mented on their very popular @wadadamove-
ment and @HOUSEOFWADADA Instagram
account. Their lives map a journey through en-
trepreneurial success, motherhood, spirituality
and non-stop fun, backed by a refreshing humil-
ity. Their look is hard to miss, as is their branding
... so much so that if some people who claim to
know them were asked their actual names, they
would most likely be embarrassingly wrong.
From their lifestyle to fashion sense to love of
reggae and all things natural, Asha and Ayanna
Diaz, better known as the Wadada Twins, are
quickly becoming physical embodiments of the
traditional "Wadada" concept.
In 2010, they founded their Wadada Movement
fashion brand. By 2011, they were invited to
have their clothing featured in the video for Pro-
toje's and Ky-mani Marley's song, "Rasta Love" .
By 2013 their designs were being shown at To-
bago Fashion Week, Caribbean Fashion Week
(Jamaica) and PLITZS New York Fashion Week.
Today, their unique design aesthetic, which
hinges on the thoughtful balance between con-
servative elegance and daring modernity, has
resulted in a clientele inclusive of major
Caribbean stylists, editors and artistes.
Now they are bringing us a new venture:
"Lifestyle"--- which, as the name suggests, is a
chance to share their carefree happy lifestyle
for one weekend.
And to make the deal even sweeter, Ayanna
and Asha, both big staples in the Caribbean reg-
gae fraternity, will be taking your experience a
step further with a VVIP ticket to Hennessy
Artistry's Reggae on The Bay (ROTB) concert
starring Damien "Junior Gong" Marley.
Although we won't give everything away, we
will tell you that persons signing up for these 3
days of Nature/Adventure activities can expect;
• Airport pick-up and drop-off
• Accommodation (based on double occu-
• 2 vegan/vegetarian meals daily
• Transportation while in Trinidad (land & sea)
• Camping Supplies (not including sleeping
• 2 Yoga sessions
With the local increase in the number of per-
sons joining outdoor adventure groups and
moving towards healthier lifestyles, it's quite
apparent that Trinis are jumping on the natural
vibes trail as well and if you think Lifestyle is
only for foreigners coming into Trinidad, think
again. Asha and Ayanna have you and your Trini
posse covered with the following adventure
So what else is there to say about the Wadada
Twins? Far too much for any one article to
cover. Did I mention they also have an online
Reggae radio station, "Wadada Radio", and a
clothing store upstairs Dairy Bar on Ariapita Av-
enue?) If you really want to know what it is to
live Wadada or maybe you're craving some out-
door fun to get away from the crazy hustle of
everyday Trinidad, Lifestyle is definitely for you.
Contact them via email at wadada.made-
firstname.lastname@example.org, spend an adventure filled
weekend blazing new trails, and then rock the
night away on the 31st with the top local reggae
acts, MAG!C, Protoje and the one and only
Gongzilla. Don't miss this. Don't say we didn't
Q. Your Instagram account is filled with shots of foreign lands and offbeat trail
adventures that would make anyone think you two are career travellers, yet
you still successfully manage a radio program, fashion line, mother/aunty-hood
and a recently opened store. How do you do it all and still find time to have
A. Because we're twins we have an advantage over others. We each can do different
things, and dedication is key for us. Most of what we do reflects our lifestyle as well,
so we get to work and play at the same time.
Q. What made you both decide
this was the next thing to add to the Wadada empire?
A. This is our adventure/tour/retreat vibe. Through our social media, many people
have asked us about the places we go, and expressed desires to go there as well, so
we decided to open up our space and really take them with us.
Q. What's next for Asha and Ayanna?
A. Right now we are working on putting our retail store online. A lot of our followers
are from the US and Europe and want to get our stuff with just one click. We are
also planning a more mature look and style change for Wadada next year, and have
also been putting our desire to reach Africa into the universe. We're even doing
sewing classes with Zia Ali in Woodbrook to better ourselves and our brand. Essen-
tially, we are working towards a bigger and better Wadada.
You know we couldn't leave without a little Q&A right?
October 25, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
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