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Books: South African Township Barbershops and Salons by Simon Weller


South African Township Barbershops and Salons is a new book by photographer Simon Weller that documents the colorful art of South African barbershop culture with intimate photographs of DIY shops, interviews with barbershop artists, and historical backgrounds of the townships. The book features  beautiful photographs of the little known barbershop art  signage in areas such as Johannesburg, various rural townships, Durban, and Cape Town.  Barbershops play an intricate role in society as a social medium for community discussion, small business economy, and art.  Artists are asked to paint pictures of everything from shop names and hair styles to American pop icons. Sign artist Garth Walker describes the styles barbershop artists design and why its important, "We like it because it looks good and makes you feel good and that's what graphic design is supposed to do. There is no concept, it's just joyous. That is the bedrock of the African approach to just about everything, if you like it, you do it." See more pictures from the book after the jump and then grab yourself a copy here.


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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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