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Nairobi Style: 2manysiblings & Okayafrica’s Thrift Social In Photos

Photos from 2manysiblings and Okayafrica's Thrift Social style event in Nairobi

All photos courtesy of 2manysiblings. Photos by Velma Rossa, Tintseh & Sarah Waiswa

Last Sunday, we teamed up with 2manysiblings to present the third-ever, all-day Thrift Social in Nairobi. Kenyan brother and sister Papa Petit and Velma Rossa launched the event series in May as a “platform to promote young creative entrepreneurs” while encouraging their peers to give back to the local community. In addition to shopping with some of the flyest vendors in Nairobi–Suäve Kenya, By Isma, Kenyan Vintage and Monoxrome–and catching DJ sets by TAIO, Savara Mudigi, Jack Rooster and Nairobi Dhobi, attendees were encouraged to bring clothes and shoes to be donated to the Jacaranda School for the mentally handicapped.


Take a look at photos from 2manysiblings and Okayafrica’s Thrift Social at The Elephant in Nairobi in the gallery above and read our interview with Velma Rossa and Papa Petit.

Keep up with 2manysiblings on Tumblr/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. For updates on future Thrift Social events, follow the just-launched @thriftsocialnairobi Instagram page.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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