Playlist#africacalling . 16.10.18
The late Nigerian musician William Onyeabor may have shied away from the limelight but his star is still burning bright and inspiring a whole new generation. Luaka Bop released What?! in 2014 with a cool compilation of covers (we’re particularly partial to the Hot Chip rendition) and under the same label Atomic Bomb! is blowing us away with their 2017 tribute album. This supergroup has a mission to keep the funk legend’s legacy alive and led by Sudanese-American Sinkane delivers an impressive line-up including David Byrne, Money Mark and Dev Hynes to name a ...
Serpentine Galleries know a thing or two about cool collaborations thanks to their annual Serpentine Pavilion commission, and Park Nights is no exception. For 2018 eight international artists respond to the pavilion through experimental and interdisciplinary performances in a program that runs through to 21 September. COS, who seem to have a consistently great ear to the ground, eye to the future of what’s hot, and put their money where their mouth is supporting culture and other creative disciplines, are involved. They backed Telfar x FAKA, another cool collaboration merging fashion ... #africacalling #onfleek . 06.09.18
Muse#africacalling #girlpower . 26.06.18
We love this tale told in bold photographic images by Osborne Macharia. It goes something like this: Hailing from Lake Magadi, a group of women who were once circumcisers created a collective to help and shelter young girls escaping early marriage retraining them as fashion designers. These vibrant photos speak for themselves. Bravo!
Must See#africacalling #onfleek . 07.06.18
Three exhibitions in Amsterdam are shining the light on Africa's approach to fashion from mid last century to now and beyond. First up is Foam where Seydou Keïta's wonderful black and white Bamako Portraits are showing through to 20 June 2018. Seydou's subjects flocked to his studio in the 1950s and 1960s to pose in their best and most extravagant clothes. The results speak for themselves. Taking an in-depth look at the flourishing streetwear and couture scenes in multiple African countries is Fashion Cities Africa, a show full of vim and vigour at the Tropen Museum where
We've been tuning into Africa Seven lately and on the way have uncovered a few gems including Mother's Garden, a funky compilation of tracks featuring some of Africa's finest female artists in the mid 1970s and early 1980s. The collection acknowledges the musical contributions that these women have made crafting these sweet-sounding African melodies. Get those toes tapping. #africacalling #girlpower . 01.06.18
It's all out Africa for us with this fashion forward collection of inspiring creativity currently lighting up our world. We kick off with Remember the Rude Boy, a vibrant tribute by friends and colleagues of Kevo Abbra's father, featuring rethought designs with charity store vintage finds in Nairobi. So brilliant is it that Ghana are also paying homage with Remember the Rude Boy II. We love them, images courtesy K63.studio. We highly recommend checking out dezeen's article for more champions of Afrofuturism including Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru who transforms junk into treasure. We're agog ... #africacalling . 29.05.18