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Prêt-À-Poundo: Africa Fashion Day Berlin Is Born to celebrate African Fashion!

Africa fashion Day Berlin is a fashion event for African fashion designers from Europe, Africa and other nations.


A timely emergence of talented African designers has been the catalyst of a new African fashion; "African Fashion Weeks" are becoming widely known as they spread throughout the world. African Fashion Day Berlin, a(nother) new event, will be held for the first time in January. AFDB will present "Urban Fashion Night" as part of the official program of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin of Autumn/Winter 2013. The goal of the event is to create a platform for African, Afro-Caribbean and African American living in Europe — striving to craft a link between the fashion industry in individual European countries and African nations. It is great to see the emergence of African fashion continuing.

WHEN: January 15th. 2013-7PM

WHERE: Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin

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Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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