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Skirt & blouse by Nigerian fashion house, Rukky Simone.

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Self designed jumpsuit made from ankara fabric, bought at Balogun Market, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Bag by Nigerian designer, Zashadu. Dress fabric bought at Balogun Market, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Head wrap of ankara fabric bought in Lagos.

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Wrapper & top by Nigerian designer, Itunu.

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Shorts by Nigerian label, Jewel by Lisa.

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Dress by Stella Jean & head wrap of ankara bought at Nsukka Market.

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Bag by Nigerian designer, Obsidian and trousers are self designed & made in Lagos.

Throughout the month of March, Vogue UK is featuring Nigerian feminist, novelist and short story writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s fantastic sense of style on their website’s ‘Today I’m Wearing’ column. Pleasingly, her wardrobe hosts a plethora of Nigerian fashion, as shown above, to compliment the global brands she also wears! The focus on Adichie is set to continue for the rest of March, so to keep with this fashionist’s sense of style, click here!

Source: Vogue UK.

The video for Petit Noir’s most recent visual offering was premiered on The New York Times Magazine website earlier this week. Petit Noir, who has a myriad of successes to his name, including having worked with none other than Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), considers himself to be most proud of having coined the term “Noirwave” to describe Africa’s current influence on global popular culture.

“The term ‘African music’ is so overused, to the point that when some people say it, it just sounds cheesy. Noirwave was always meant to include clothing, art, photography, music obviously — all types of things. It’s taking the Africa that we know, turning it upside down and bringing people a new black. Solange is super Noirwave. So is Beyoncé. Noirwave is pop culture — it’s coming, but right now it’s just boiling.”

‘The Fall’ is a stand out track Petit Noirs ‘The King of Anxiety’ EP, which gives a delightful taste of an album to be released later in the year. The intimate and minimalist video is inspired by Marina Abramovic’s 2010 MoMA performance and features both Petit Noir and his girlfriend, Rochelle Nembhard who co-directed.

“This video shows what a relationship in general is: our attempt to lose selfness and achieve unity. When we fall, we fall together.”

Source: The New York Times Magazine.

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‘Nigerian Mystic Visa Temple’, Karo Akpokiere, Nigeria

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‘Untitled’, Sammy Baloji, Democratic Republic of Congo

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‘Décor’, Adel Abdessemed, Algeria

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‘Untitled’, Kay Hassan, South Africa

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‘Mamma Roma’, Marlene Dumas, South Africa

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‘Untitled’, Gonçalo Mabunda, Mozambique

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‘De Quoi Rêvent Les Martyrs II’, Nidhal Chamekh, Tunisia

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‘Untitled (Lion)’, Joachim Schönfeldt, South Africa

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‘Dessin, Mine de Plomb Sur Papier’, Massinissa Selmani, Algeria

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‘Lisa and ‘Pretty’’, Mikhael Subotzky, South Africa

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‘Purification XV’, Barthélémy Toguo, Cameroon

The 56th International Art Exhibition, organised by the Venice Biennale, is this year curated by Okwui Enwezor and is entitled ‘All the World’s Futures’. Excitingly, of the 136 artists to exhibit at the event, a good number of them stem from the continent, as seen above. Of the exhibition, Enwezor writes,

The principal question the exhibition will pose is this: How can artists, thinkers, writers, composers, choreographers, singers, and musicians, through images, objects, words, movement, actions, lyrics, sound bring together publics in acts of looking, listening, responding, engaging, speaking in order to make sense of the current upheaval? What material, symbolic or aesthetic, political or social acts will be produced in this dialectical field of references to give shape to an exhibition which refuses confinement within the boundaries of conventional display models? In All the World’s Futures the curator himself, along with artists, activists, the public, and contributors of all kinds will appear as the central protagonists in the open orchestration of the project.

The exhibition is due do open in Venice on the 9th of May, closing on the 22nd of November. For further information and for a more in depth introduction to the themes explored through Biennale Arte 2015, click here.

Project Phoenix is a moving documentary on the life and experiences of former Cape Town gang member, Roger. He tells a gripping story of the challenges that he has faced in life, and how he has managed to turn his life around, now having a positive effect on his family and community. This change is marked by a phoenix tattoo inked over 13 months. The film was conceived by FoxP2 and co-directed by Robin Goode and Karien Murray from Giant Films, and is well worth a watch!

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The ever improving Nollywood industry shone at this year’s Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards over the weekend, not least with this gripping short, which tells a story based on an urban myth that circulated the internet over a decade ago. Oblivious was directed by Ekene Mekwunye and Stanlee Ohikhuare, and stars Kiki Omeili, Adeyemi Okanlawon & Uzor Osimkpa. Watch and enjoy!

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Cape Town design duo, Bofred have come together with skilled craftswomen at Sisters 4 Sisters – a local community organisation aimed at empowering women exposed to abuse – to create this stunning range of woven wall hangings and leather necklaces, that were exhibited for the first time at the recent Design Indaba. The wall hangings are available in two colour options, and are available to buy together with the necklaces on Bofred’s online store, with a percentage of all proceeds going towards the social and economic empowerment of the crafters.

Niger’s hugely popular and hardest working trance rockers, Tal National, recently released their second single from their highly anticipated album, Zoy Zoy. The high-tempo track is lead by bandleader and former professional footballer, Hamadal ‘Almeida’ Issoufou Moumine, as he sings about about the Tree of Ténéré – a important cultural landmark that stood alone and resolute in the Ténéré desert. The tree was destroyed some years ago by a truck driver and a metallic sculpture now stands in its place, as a reminder of its important cultural significance to the Tuareg’s salt caravans. The passionate vocals serve as both a reminder and as a telling off. The group’s musical style is is inspired by a mix of Afrobeat, Highlife, Fulani, Hausa, Sonhgai and Tuareg-inspired sounds just to name a few, as can be heard in Zoy Zoy’s first single, Claire.

Tal National are soon to embark on their next international tour – of which the North American dates have been announced.

North American Tour Dates
March 27 Dearborn, MI Arab American National Museum
March 28 London, ON Aeolian Hall
March 29 Toronto, ON Drake Underground
March 31 Elmira, NY Elmira College, Gibson Theatre
April 2 New York, NY Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center
April 3 Marlboro, NY The Falcon
April 4 Hudson, NY Half Moon Hudson
April 7 Burlington, VT Nectar’s
April 8 New Haven, CT Café Nine
April 9 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
April 10 Somerville, MA Johnny D’s
April 11 Portland, ME SPACE Gallery
April 12 Troy, NY Sanctuary For Independent Media
April 15 Ithaca, NY The Haunt
April 17 Washington, DC Tropicalia
April 22 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor
April 23 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
April 26 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane
April 28 Austin, TX Sahara Lounge
April 30 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture
May 8 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
May 9 Olympia, WA Olympia Ballroom
May 10 Seattle, WA Barboza

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My favourites out of Nigerian-born, London-based designer, Duro Olowu‘s AW15 collection, recently showcased at London Fashion Week. I love the colours, the movement, the shapes, even the styling! Olowu never disappoints – edgy yet refined, as always!

Nigerian heavyweights, Olamide & Wizkid have joined forces once again – this time with top producer, Young John to bring to us ‘Confam Ni’, which is undoubtedly set to be one of the Afrobeat tracks of the season! Enjoy!

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Mozambican photographer, Mário Macilau started his journey as photographer in 2003, going professional just 8 years ago. He specializes in long-term projects that focus on living and environmental conditions, and has shown his work globally, including at the world-renowned Saatchi Gallery in London last year.

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