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2manysiblings' Thrift Social Returns to Nairobi This Sunday (26 June)

Join us at 2manysiblings' Thrift Social style, art and music event this Sunday in Nairobi.

2manysiblings brought their Thrift Social to the UK for the first time last week in conjunction with the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition at the Brighton Museum. As we mentioned, this month’s Thrift Social is a special two-part, two-city edition. The style, music and art event returns to Nairobi this Sunday, 26 June. Okayafrica is excited to be on board as a media partner.


Kenyan brother and sister Papa Petit and Velma Rossa launched the Thrift Social event series last year 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, attendees are encouraged to bring clothes and shoes to be donated to the Jacaranda School for the mentally handicapped.

Thrift Social 6 goes down this Sunday (12pm-7pm) at Nairobi’s Privée Westlands (first floor) in Woodvale Grove, Westlands. Kung’ara, Stadz Outfitz and My Couture Kenya will all be in the house. More to be announced soon. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.

Read: 24 Hours in New York City with Nairobi’s Style & Art Stars, 2manysiblings

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Making Music Between the Cracks In Senegal

Navigating mbalax, hip-hop, and afropop, Senegalese artists are sticking together to make their music heard.

Taking a stroll in Dakar is an overwhelming sonic experience. One of the busiest metropolises of West Africa, Senegal's capital is flooded by taxis with lousy tailpipes and drivers who are keen to honk every now and then while cruising long avenues by the seaside. All over the city, several minarets' speaker boxes remind the prayer times throughout the day, adding chants to daily people's chats in different languages and dialects.

At first, it may not seem too different from other big cities in Africa, but one kind of music sets a unique dakarois tone. Whether in a clothing store, having a thieboudienne for lunch or taking a cab, one's ears will be caught by mbalax music.

A new generation of artists wants to bring different sounds to the main stage of the Senegalese arts. They are the likes of the electro-fueled trio Guiss Guiss Bou Bess, the big afrobeat-ish band Sahad & The Nataal Patchwork and the experimentalist sound-maker Ibaaku. He's one of the founders of Kandang, a newly-born platform that aspires to build up a healthy environment that could develop the work of Senegalese musicians through concerts, workshops and promotion.

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