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2manysiblings are Bringing Their Nairobi Thrift Social to the UK

Kenyan style & art stars 2manysiblings' Thrift Social event series to make its UK debut

Nairobi’s coolest kids will assemble later this month for the latest instalment of 2manysiblings’ style, art and music event series. Thrift Social 6 goes down 26 June (12pm-7pm) at Privée Westlands. Tickets can be purchased here.


But before that happens, brother and sister Papa Petit and Velma Rossa are packing their bags and heading to the UK for part one of their special two-city edition of this month's Thrift Social.

Thrift Social makes its overseas debut this Thursday, 16 June (7-10pm), in conjunction with the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition at the Brighton Museum. Attendees are encouraged to bring unwanted clothes and accessories to style, swap, shop and upcycle. Fashion Cities Africa, which opened in April and runs through January 2017, explores the style of four metropoles on the continent: Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Tickets to the Brighton Thrift Social can be purchased here.

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.

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

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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