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M U S I C : AFROPUNK LONDON

September 20, 2016

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AFROPUNK LONDON : SOON COME

FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR AFROPUNK LONDON – INCLUDING GRACE JONES, LAURA MVULA, KWABS, THE NOISETTES, LOYLE CARNER, GOLDLINK, SOULECTION : JOE KAY, THE WHOOLIGAN, HANNAH FAITH, EDEN HAGOS, MNEK, LADY LESHURR, SKINNY GIRL DIET AND MUCH MORE – “POWER TO THE PARTY”

TICKETS : http://gigst.rs/APLDN16

MORE INFO : afropunkfest.com/london/

With AFROPUNK’s September 24th date edging closer, the festival that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity announces a fresh bill of talent, with one of the most iconic performing artists of all time headlining: Grace Jones. Joining Grace are Laura Mvula, Kwabs, The Noisettes, Loyle Carner, Goldlink, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith, Eden Hagos, MNEK, Lady Leshurr, Skinny Girl Diet, Jorja Smith, Big Joanie, Nova Twins, The Connectors, Mikel Ameen and more across the day. On top of this, there’ll be the SpinThrift Market hosting traders who make bespoke goods, crafts, and textiles, plus a curated food truck rally, pop up restaurants, arts and more.

An icon at the heart of the art, fashion and music worlds across four decades, Grace Jones will headline the first AFROPUNK London with a cosmic performance. Since the seventies Grace has carved her path as a true creator. Birmingham signer / songwriter Laura Mvula joins, her rich tones set for a soul-searching show. Neo-soul comes from South-London boy Kwabs, and ener- getic indie-punk from The Noisettes reunion. Rising star Loyle Carner adds a thoughtful, un- plugged element, whilst rapper Goldlink’s electronic-infused hip-hop sounds make a welcome US addition.

Soulection members Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith and Eden Hagos all step up to represent eclectic hip-hop beats, plus super-producer and London local MNEK will bring a twist of all things electronic to Alexandra Palace. One of the leading lights in the MC game, female rapper Lady Leshurr brings bars for days, then punk spirit shines through on Stage Three with Skinny Girl Diet, Big Joanie, Nova Twins and the The Connectors plugging in across the day. Also an- nounced are emerging London songstress Jorja Smith, and rap protege Mikel Ameen. All this on top of the already massive bill, including SZA, Akala – B.A.D, Dreadzone Riddim Section – Don Letts, Benjamin Booker, GAIKA, Ho99o9, Purple Ferdinand, NTS Radio + more.

AFROPUNK’s message is about “POWER TO THE PARTY,” encompassing education, political awareness and self-empowerment. Respect, breaking down stereotypes, and celebrating individu- ality are key to the AFROPUNK ethos, and it’s a ‘safe space / no hate’ zone for creativity. Lon- don’s first edition will welcome souls from all cultures and backgrounds for a day of positive energy and next-level entertainment. Get a feel for the AFROPUNK spirit by checking the video here.

Party is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast indi- vidual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang – and the story of any party is never over, be- cause like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.

Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim. Join the party and feel its power.

A special homecoming for Hackney born AFROPUNK founder Matthew Morgan, London’s edition is one that’ll be significant for the festival organisers. On top of the music across the day, Alexan- dra Palace will play host to a vibrant space filled with artists, designers, exhibitions and food vendors, who’ll host a full agenda of extra activities. Attendees are encouraged to jump in and become a part of the AFROPUNK community through on-site pop-ups, art and stalls – it’s about creating an extended family of AFROPUNK with a united voice to be heard and celebrated. Part- ners for the UK’s first year include pioneering radio station NTS Radio, CRACK and a special stage partner TBA. On-site arts, stalls, food, DJ sets and extra’s to be announced in the coming months. Learn more at the AFROPUNK website: afropunkfest.com/london/

Freedom of expression, whilst honouring the power of individuality is encouraged. POWER TO THE PARTY – SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER – SOON COME
TICKETS : £55 from http://gigst.rs/APLDN16

New additions : GRACE JONES – Laura Mvula – Kwabs – The Noisettes – Loyle Carner – Goldlink – Joe Kay – The Whooligan – Hannah Faith – Eden Hagos – MNEK – Lady Leshurr – Skinny Girl Diet – Jorja Smith – Big Joanie – Nova Twins – The Connectors – Mikel Ameen

FULL LINE-UP

Grace Jones
Laura Mvula
WORD SOUND POWER feat Akala, B.A.D/Dreadzone & Don Letts SZA
Kwabs
Benjamin Booker
The Noisettes
Loyle Carner
Goldlink
NTS Radio
Soulection
Joe Kay
The Whooligan
Hannah Faith
Eden Hagos
MNEK
Lady Leshurr
GAIKA
Ho99o9
Skinny Girl Diet
Jorja Smith
Purple Ferdinand
Big Joanie
Youth Man
Nova Twins

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The Connectors Mikel Ameen
+ much more TBA

Saturday September 24th
Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY Maps : goo.gl/maps/4wEozHJntw12

 

F A S H I O N : ROCKERS UPTOWN HAT

May 10, 2016

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We have been meaning to post this for a few months now and have finally got a chance to do so. There are iconic movies, there are iconic furniture pieces, but when it comes to hats…. You’ll have to go a long way to find a more iconic and totally ignored hat. These guys are designers and Makers of custom made Rockers Uptown Hats.

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If you are to stand out and spend money then you have to go bespoke get a hat that fits you not one that has to bend to suit. From Aswad – Boy Gorge – Gregory Issacs – YOU. Connect via TWITTER

F A S H I O N : Isometric textile patterns designed by Damola Rufai

January 2, 2016

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‘Isorinths’, designed by Damola Rufai, are a collection of isometric patterns that draw from the hustle and bustle of Lagos, Nigeria. their chaotic, colorful, and vibrant nature grows from a place where the journey from A to B is rarely a straight line. Stylistic influences come from a range of places, including african wax prints, south beach pastels, and rufai’s personal architectural background. Each variation of the series is created digitally, and printed on 100% cotton fabric. http://damolarufai.com/

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F A S H I O N : OATH Men’s & Women Lookbook

September 25, 2015

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There are few less forward thinking brands, but one really stands out – OATH. Check their new lookbook and get your wallet out!

 

Women’s Spring/Summer 2016

Shot by Kristin-lee Moolman
Styled by Gabrielle Kannemeyer
MUA by Renton Wade
MUA Assistant: Tsu Baloyi
Models: Janet @ ICE JHB, Desire Marea of FAKA, Wayne Swart @ Lamppost and Aart @ Model Republic

Men’s Spring/Summer 2016

Shot by Steve Marais
Stylists Assistant: Nao Serati
Models: Samuel @ ICE and Ntsako (New Face of Gaschette 2015)

Thank you thank you Rich Mnisi – designer. OATH will be launching their online store in November.

+27 (0) 79 066 9515 – www.oathrm.com

D E S I G N : Jack Bell Gallery

May 27, 2015

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London’s Jack Bell Gallery brought two paintings by Ivorian artist Aboudia. Born and based in Abidjan, his work is brutal, layered, and heavily influenced by the clashes that followed Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election. According to gallerist Jack Bell, “his paintings reference street art and vodou and look at social inequalities in downtown Abidjan.” Aboudia’s works are currently exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, through September 2015. Please visit before it’s too late.
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F A S H I O N : BLKKANGAROO

April 7, 2015

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Wanna stand out in the crowd? Check the new Blakkangaroo cookbook. Never a label to stand still the new collection simply rocks for both guys & girls.

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Blkkangaroo are a Toronto based group who fuses African touch points with creative design.

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I N T E R I O R S : ARTWARE – Plate Set by Kehinde Wiley

April 1, 2015

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We are not sure how long these will be on sale for so hurry. You are not just buying greatness, but something that is sure to hold it’s value even increase:

The porcelain plate series by Kehinde WIley includes six designs featuring details from paintings spanning 2008-2012. The six different faces — 3 male and 3 female — are cropped against colorful, vibrant backgrounds so the plates are equally decorative and functional. The back of each plate has easy holes for hanging, and they are microwave and dishwasher safe.

Each couple plate is 10.75″ and shows a stamped signature on the verso. The plates are individually boxed.
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Featuring details from:
Mrs. Graham (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Mary Little, Later Lady Carr (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Dacia Carter II (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Matar Mbaye II (2008), oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches
Idrissa Ndiaye (2008), oil on linen, 26 x 22 inches
Mame Ngagne (2008), oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches

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F A S H I O N : MaXhosa by Laduma

October 21, 2014

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South Africa’s pioneering knitwear designer, Laduma Ngxokolo recently whooed the crowds at this year’s What Design Can Do 2014 (WDCD14) Two-day conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

MaXhosa by Laduma, Ngxokolo were the only confirmed African designer speaking at the conference.

WDCD was founded in 2011 by a group of designers from different fields with a vision to create a platform that engaged designers in discussing the role design plays in the social impacting of communities across the globe. Bent on being agents of social renewal, the two-day conference encourages designers to take responsibility and consider how their work impacts the wider society. This year’s themes are: What Design Can Do for Learning, Nature, Economy, and Stories.

Laduma stood amongst  Bernard Lahousse from Belgium, Paola Antonellia of Italy, Teddy Cruz from Guatemala, Willy Wong of United States, and even Sir Paul Smith from UK.

We have been their fans for years and their collections never fail. Sweaters are not something we just grab to keep us warm it’s the outside skin which can define us whilst keeping us warm. Why not look fabulous.

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FEATURED: Zekaryas Solomon – FASHION

August 23, 2014

This our fourth FEATURED post as we look at future stars and this time we travel to the UK and London via Eritrea.

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The guy who has the audacity to make such must have clothing for men is Zekaryas Solomon.

Having been named as one of Africa’s Top 10 Male Designers, as well as being awarded both the Fashions Finest Menswear Designer of the Year and the BEFFTA Best Male Designer 2012, Zekaryas Solomon continues to thrive as a London based, Bespoke fashion designer.

The end of 2012 saw Solomon as guest of honour at FAFA’s Fashion for Peace Gala held in Kenya. Moving into 2013 with the introduction of the first Womenswear collection. Taking part in the Ethno Tendance showcase in Brussels saw the incorporation of accessories, with bags becoming a prominent feature within the Spring/Summer ‘14 collection.

Eritrean born and raised in Germany, Solomon has been creating quite a buzz since his graduation from the London College of Fashion in 2010. With his background originally in Architecture and Design he launched his first menswear collection entitled ME and his second Rouge Et Noir.

Not content with turning menswear upside down on it’s head. Solomon launched his first women’s collection in summer 2013 and now continues to work on the convergence of his men’s and women’s collections to create a Fifth. His designs have been featured in numerous magazines like Sublime, LEONID, FAB, New African Woman and ELEM to mention a few.

When not working from his studio in North Grenwich, he manages to find time to teach students pattern cutting techniques plus garment technology and also teaches Tigrinya and Eritrean language to Bachelor, Master and PhD students of unfamiliar languages at Queen Mary’s University, London. Does he ever sleep!!

As we write he is preparing a show as part of the Eritrean Festival Scandinavia in Stockholm where he’ll be showcasing his limited collection womenswear and menswear, plus accessories. Then an exhibition in September at the Oxo Tower as part of design week. This just one of the ways you can cast an eye over his collection as well as of course his website where you can place orders to purchase bespoke and ready-to-wear garments.

We caught up with Zekaryas and asked him a few questions:
WITH MUSIC PLAYING SUCH A BIG ROLE IN FASHION WHO HAVE YOU OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?
In terms of artists, I like to work with upcoming performers who approach me to wear my collections. For example, I collaborated recently with the singer, dancer, performer, Michael Moonchild who has worn my garments for his videos and performances. See video here: 
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
In terms of inspiration, I actually dream all my designs. I suppose you could say that I’m living out my dreams through my fashion! They are expressions of my own imagination. I see all my garments in 3D in my mind and I see how the finished product should be. I imagine the colours, fabrics and finishes even, and then from these I create a whole collection that evolves as I bring it to life in the studio.
HOW EASY IS IT TO GET STARTED IN FASHION ANY STRUGGLES ALONG THE WAY?
Being a young designer you face a lot of challenges. Starting a business from scratch and having to learn all that goes with that has been the hardest thing I think. Being a designer and a creative person is just a part of it….it takes a whole lot more to actually start a business! I’m a pretty happy person so I don’t think I would say I have had to face any struggles to get here. However, if I do ever need a pick me up, there is a song that really inspires me. It takes me to another place where I feel so creative! See if it works for you too here:
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By popular demand: Fela Kuti on vinyl Six individual vinyl LPs…

August 2, 2014

By popular demand:
Fela Kuti on vinyl
Six individual vinyl LPs to be released on 1 September 2014 
* Fela With Ginger Baker Live!
* Confusion
* Expensive Shit
* He Miss Road
* Sorrow Tears & Blood
* Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense
 
Knitting Factory Records / Distributed by PIAS
All LPs including download card
 
"Sorrow Tears & Blood": http://youtu.be/tj1wpNuQRaM
 
 
In 2013 Knitting Factory Records reissued the complete works of Nigerian icon and Afrobeat originator Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Almost 50 original albums were released over 26 individual CDs, all re-packaged, with in-depth track commentaries written by Afrobeat historian Chris May, as well as the compilations ‘The Best Of The Black President’ (part 1 + 2) and the deluxe CD box set ‘The Complete Works’.
 
Now, in response to popular demand, six of Fela’s most important albums will be reissued on vinyl. This will be the first time they are released as individual vinyl albums since their original vinyl release in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s - something which will not only delight audiophile Fela fans, but also the admirers of Lemi Ghariokwu’s iconic artwork, now again at 12 x 12 inches as it was intended.