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Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide — 'Wax Doll, Rag Doll'

This is a fashion editorial showcasing our Okayafrica Dan-Nguere Tee with emerging and mainstream fashion designers, photographed by Rae Maxwell.

This week, we highlight our Okayafrica Dan-Nguere Tees. This rendering of an ancient Dan-Nguere tribal mask takes on psychedelic dimensions when Marcus of Rockers NYC gets his design on it. In this style guide, you'll discover two imprisoned dolls. They're pretty and make us think of an old 60's french tune called "Poupée de cire, Poupée de son," by Serge Gainsbourg, sang by France Gall. Composer/singer Gainsbourg was known to fill his lyrics with double meanings, wordplay and puns. Music journalist Sylvie Simmons thought that it was about "the ironies and incongruities inherent in baby pop" and "the songs young people turn to for help in their first attempts at discovering what life and love are about are sung by people too young and inexperienced themselves to be of much assistance, and condemned by their celebrity to be unlikely to soon find out."


Photographed by Rae Maxwell

We thought of Gainsbourg because of the contrast between the beautiful models and the way you can't really reach out to them — but even more because the song's title, which can be translated to "Wax Doll, Rag Doll," reminds us of Madame Tussaud's pieces. They seem pretty and simple but there's a real darkness when you look deeper at the pictures. What about an African doll, what does it suggest to you?

*Okayafrica Dan-Nguere Tee-shirts

When fashion meets art photography, it's a real challenge for your eyes and mind. In the first place, fashion photography displays clothing, jewelry & accessories featuring women's body embellishments (make-up, hair, nail art). Photographer Rae Maxwell doesn't conform to conventional notions of fashion. Maxwell creates her own statements through her eyes with freedom and imagination. Spring peak flows through Al Malonga's style, Afi Bijou's hair and Michela Wariebi's chief makeup ideas. These pictures deserve to be seen in an exhibition, printed in a larger format. You might be surprised how many things will appear to you if you look closely.The other designers/brands involved include Sachin + Baby, Ted Baker, Fennimas, C. Spot Designs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Milly, Theory, Cornelia Guest and Aqua.

"Spring reminds me of something ethereal and soft, colorful and pastel, light and whimsical. The head pieces were definitely something I wanted to play with. In NYC, where people love costumes and dress- up, a touch of fantasy with feathers and ribbons is always acceptable... Wearable outfits for dolls and fairies". - Al Malonga

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Yes, Shaquille O'Neal Dropped A Diss Remix of 'Mans Not Hot'

"The real" Shaq responds to British comedian Big Shaq's viral grime hit. The ting goes skrrraaa.

Today, in things you didn't know you would ever hear (or needed to), NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has dropped a diss remix to British comedian Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq aka Roadman Shaq aka MC Quakez's "Mans Not Hot."

The track's a response to Big Shaq's ultra viral freestyle on BBC Radio 1's "Fire in the Booth" segment, where the comedian first dropped his now timeless "the ting goes skrrraaa" lines. Since its release back in August, the clip's gone beyond viral—Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq's even released an official version of the track.

Fast forward to last week, the NBA's Shaq went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, in which The Roots played "Mans Not Hot" as his walk-on music.

Well, with all the attention on the track, it seems the OG Shaq's taken notice and, in his own tongue-in-cheek way, has fired off some bars at the comedian taking his name.

To make things even more confusing, he's also joined by Toronto rapper ShaqisDope on the comedic diss track.

"There's only one Big Shaq," the NBA star rhymes.

Check out Shaq's diss and the original video below. skrrraaa pap bap bap.

A Nasty Boy Magazine's 'Creative Class of 2018' Highlights 40 African Creatives Who Are Disrupting the Status Quo

For its inaugural list, the trailblazing Nigerian publication highlights 40 creatives who are disrupting the norm through art, photography, writing and more.

With it's emphasis on unapologetically interrupting the status quo and championing all things striking, artistic and unconventional, A Nasty Boy is the rare and severely necessary publication shaking up Nigeria's conservative media landscape.

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Erykah Badu Curated A New Fela Kuti Box Set

Badu: "Fela Kuti is a Fucking Genius. Please listen to these tracks, preferably with a nice blunt.. with a nice slow burn."

To celebrate Fela Kuti's birthday and the many Felabrations going down across the globe, Knitting Factory Records has announced the upcoming arrival of their new Fela Kuti box set.

The new box set, which will be the fourth installment the label has released from the king of Afrobeat, will be curated by none-other-than Erykah Badu.

"Fela Kuti is a Fucking Genius," Badu writes in a press statement. "Please listen to these tracks, preferably with a nice blunt.. with a nice slow burn."


Erykah Badu's selections include her "favorite Fela Piece of all times," 1980's Coffin For Head of State, alongside Yellow Fever (1976), No Agreement (1977), J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop) (1977), V.I.P. (1979), Army Arrangement (1984), and Underground System (1992).

The box set will be limited to only 3,000 copies, which come with a 16" x 24" poster designed by Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu, the creative force behind 26 of Fela Kuti's iconic album covers, and a 20-page full-color booklet. The booklet features seven personal essays written by Erykah Badu.

Previous Fela Kuti box sets have been curated by Questlove, Ginger Baker, and Brian Eno for Knitting Factory Records.

Pre-order Erykah Badu's Fela Kuti box set now.

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