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Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 5 Womenswear S/S 13

This is a top 5 womenswear collections spring/summer 13 featuring designers Selly Raby Kane, Taibo Bacar, David Tlale, Stella Jean and Black Coffee.

July is here and summer is too. We've compiled a top list of womenswear Spring/ Summer 13 collections for you. From casual to evening wear, you won't be disappointed by these looks — don't be surprised if you become the it-girl of the summer by picking some of these pieces. In our minds, these outfits shine by themselves due to their fabric, structure, shapes and couture. You probably won't have anything to do but wear them with nice accessorizes, shoes and purse.. When it gets to fashion and clothing, it has to be easy in order to be fun. Don't get us wrong, there's no particular order, all collections included in this Top 5 Womenswear Spring/Summer 13 is absolutely gorgeous and edgy.


Designer Selly Raby Kane - Seraka (Senegal)

Collection: ICONIC

Inspiration: Fantastic movie genres, travel, people, colors, music, cartoons, and streets.

Little Extra: Upcoming Collection Teaser Video - Inner Cruise is a short film directed by Tom Escarmelle (White Owl Prod.) inspired by designer Selly Raby Kane's next futuristic collection. Based on a fantastic and poetic premise, Inner Cruise reveals a new facet of Dakar city and explores the possible interactions between fashion and cinema, light and shadow.

All pictures by Eduardo Acevedo / Styling Quanasia Graham / Model Angelina Lee / Make Up Milan Staples / Hair Aretha Covington

Designer Jacques Van Der Watt - Black Coffee (South Africa)

Collection: IMPRINT

Inspiration: Created through hand-rendered patterns embellished onto delicate mesh dresses, the collection palate also reflects the vivid tones found in contemporary ceremonial garments and adornments from central Africa.

Little extra: Designer Van Der Watt has talent when it gets to clear contradiction between bold patterns and feminity.

Designer David Tlale - David Tlale (South Africa)

Collection: TRANSCENDENCE, New York Fashion Week debut

Inspiration: "I draw inspiration from designers such as Alexander McQueen and Jean-Paul Gaultier. My ultimate inspiration comes from God." But also, “features fashion in a sweeping TRANSCENDENCE, in celebration of the spirit we share beyond nuances of culture, history and geography.”

Little extra: Talent and humility is always a great combo, it adds more talent and charisma. He also does menswear.

Designer Taibo Bacar - Taibo Bacar (Mozambique)

Collection: "Best emerging designer" - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa

Inspiration: “I make clothing for women. By that I mean the feminine woman, the one who knows how to express her femininity in all contexts, who knows how to walk, talk and act like a woman. Imagine even a woman in the military, I do it for her.”

Little extra: The mix of couture and prêt-à-porter is always stunning.

All pictures by Mercedes Benz Fashion Africa

Designer Stella Jean - Stella Jean (Italy and Haiti)

Collection: WAX PRINTASTIC

Inspiration: A brave and sophisticated collection which conceptually and instinctively overcomes all time and space boundaries, going towards new and exciting destinations.

Little extra: Stella Jean knows how mix different clashing prints.

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(From left to right) Stéphane Bak and Marc Zinga in 'The Mercy of the Jungle.' Photo courtesy of TIFF.

Congolese Actor Stéphane Bak on His Intense Experience Shooting 'The Mercy of the Jungle' In Uganda

We catch up with the actor after the film made its North American premiere at TIFF.

When actor Stéphane Bak first got the script for The Mercy of the Jungle (La Miséricorde de la Jungle), he knew there was one person he had to consult: his father. "My dad did school me about this," he says. While Bak was born and raised in France, his parents had emigrated from what was then Zaire in the 1980s—before the events of the movie, and not exactly in the same area, but close enough to be able to pass on firsthand knowledge of the simmering ethnic tensions that underpin the action.

The story takes place in 1998, just after the outbreak of the Second Congo War—which came hot on the heels of the First Congo War. Two Rwandan soldiers find themselves separated from their company and have to make a harrowing trek through the jungle to link back up with their regiment. Bak plays Private Faustin, the young recruit hunting Hutu rebels to avenge his murdered family, a foil to Marc Zinga's seasoned Sergeant Xavier. As a Congolese militia swarms the area, and it becomes increasingly difficult to tell enemies from friends, the two are forced off the road and into the thick vegetation.

Their journey is physically difficult, but the jungle also nurtures them, providing food, water, and shelter. "The title is very explicit in a way," says Bak. It is the human beings they encounter, from rival soldiers and militiamen to the hostile security forces guarding illegal gold mining operations, who bring sudden danger and violence. The challenges are conveyed as much through the actors' physicality as through the minimal dialogue. As for the strain on his face, Bak says it was all real. "To be honest, it was very difficult," he says of the shoot, which took him 25 days. "I had to learn my accent in two weeks." Prior to commencing, there was training with the Ugandan army for realism. Due to the ongoing conflicts in the DRC, the movie itself was shot in Uganda.

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Brazil Has Made Yoruba an Official Language

The language will also be incorporated into primary and secondary school curriculum in the country, says the Minister of Culture.

Yoruba history and culture has an undeniably strong presence in Brazilian society, due of course, to the Transatlantic slave trade which brought millions of enslaved West Africans to the Americas. Despite the inhumanity they faced, many managed to keep their ancestral culture and traditions alive.

Centuries have passed, and Yoruba influences still continue to thrive in various regions of the country, as many Brazilians maintain a strong relationship with the language and religion. Its influence can be seen through the music, food and spiritual practices of various communities. Last month the Ooni of Ife—the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people—visited the country, where he was met by crowds of Black Brazilians who turned up to pay their respects.

This connection will likely remain strong for future generations, as the language has now become an official foreign language in the country.

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Brazil's Minister of Culture, Dr. Sérgio Sá Leitão, has said that the language will now be incorporated into primary and secondary school curriculum, reports the Nigerian Voice.

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This EP Blends the Afro-Brazilian Rhythms of Bahia With Bass Music

Get into Telefunksoul and Felipe Pomar's Ré_Con Ba$$ EP.

Brazilian producers Felipe Pomar (of TrapFunk & Alivio) and Telefunksoul come through with a dizzyingly energetic EP in the form of Ré_Con Ba$$.

Telefunksoul, who happens to be one of the main promoters of Bahia Bass music, came up with the concept of exploring the rhythms coming out of Recôncavo of Bahia and showing how they can fit into bass music.

Through the 7-track Ré_Con Ba$$ EP, him and Pomar mold and transform the diverse music of Bahia, fusing its rhythms with afrobeat, future house, deep house and much more.

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