Africa

Seeds of Africa

March 4, 2018

Seeds Of Africa

If you get the opportunity head over to instagram and check out Seeds of Africa and this brilliant pictorial. The photo’s have been edited by us, but you can see the glorious originals on their page shot by @DAWITTIBEBU_

ART: Addis Fine Art at 1:54 London Booth G7A

September 26, 2017

 

Addis Fine Art is pleased to present Michael TsegayeAddis Gezehagn and Wosene Worke Kosrof at the fifth edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place in Somerset House London from 5 – 8 October 2017.

 

Their booth G7A can be previewed on Artsy.

Visitor information 
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017
Somerset House, London,
@154fair / www.1-54.com

Exhibition Hours
Wednesday 4 October  Preview Day
Thursday 5 October      11 am – 7 pm
Friday 6 October           11 am – 7 pm
Saturday 7 October       11 am – 7 pm
Sunday 8 October         11 am – 6 pm

MUSIC: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

September 22, 2017

Back in August, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard surprised released ‘Sketches Of Brunswick East’, the third of the five albums the band are supposedly releasing this year.

The album is due for a full release on 13th October, and the Aussie psychsters have now shared a video for its single ‘Countdown’.

A pencil-drawn, animated clip, the video perfectly captures the relentlessness of the band’s music.

“We were listening to compilations of Ethiopian music form the 1960s and 70s a lot,” the band’s Stu Mackenzie about the making of ‘Sketches…’ in a press release. “It was in no way thought-out though. If Murder Of The Universe was our most conceptual and arranged album – then Sketches… is the exact opposite. It was like we were continually jamming with ourselves.”

While we wait for the two remaining King Gizzard albums in 2017, have a watch of the ‘Countdown’ video below.

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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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