Style

South Sudan Unites On The Runway

Luol Deng unites the South Sudanese Diaspora on the runway with a fashion show in DC curated by Mari Malek and Deng Deng.

Photos by Jefry Andres Wright & Dior Davis


Over the weekend, NBA star Luol Deng– fresh off a visit to the Oval Office with POTUS– hosted a series of events in D.C. rallying his fellow South Sudanese in the Diaspora to unite in the name of peace. "We have to be the generation that says we're going to stand up for it... Eventually South Sudan will stand up on its own two feet," the Miami Heat player said at the start of his inaugural South Sudan Unite event. "What we created here is a first step towards something great," Deng later stated.

Held at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, the Saturday night event shined a spotlight on creatives in the South Sudanese Diaspora, with musical performances by the AFRIMMA-nominated Dynamq, Meve Alange, Baf Jay and Sultan Clintone, as well as a high-end runway show.

Curated and produced by South Sudanese model, activist, and DJ/producer Mari Malek and Deng Deng (@de3ng), the stunning fashion component saw a fleet of models grace the runway under the creative direction and stylings of DapperAfrika, with makeup done by LaneaMua and designs from Royal Jelly Harlem, Kwabs Couture, Fanm Djanm, Nassquiat, Installation Brooklyn and Jahnkoy MariaDJ Stiletto– aka Malek's DJ alias– provided beats on the runway, with a grand finale set to Wizkid's "Show You The Money."

"This was first gig where I had to follow a guideline. I'm very rebellious and always in the moment when I'm styling," DapperAfrika wrote in an email to Okayafrica. "South Sudan has been through a lot. I wanted to show all of those elements and present [it] in a new world. The patterns the textures and mood created was effortless. The melanin of the models was so radiant and perfect. It made it easier because they were all very passionate and happy to wear clothing that reminded them of home. I wanted the audience to travel, and they did."

Take a look at the first ever Luol Deng South Sudan Unite Fashion Show in photos above.

The runway at @luoldeng9's #SouthSudanUnite in DC

A video posted by Okayafrica (@okayafrica) on

Music
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.

Keep reading... Show less
Music
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.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

Keep reading... Show less
Video
Courtesy of Jojo Abot.

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.

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.