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Prêt-À-Poundo: Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles x Campaign 2013

This is about the new campaign and fashion editorial, directed by and for Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles (AFWLA)

*Photographed by Brittany Roughton


Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles(AFWLA) recently unveiled a brand new website and campaign ‘The Power of Prints,’ shot both in New York and LA. The designers involved are Rue 114, Della, and MSC Treasures along with models Eromomen Esoimeme and Suzy Oluwa. The result is simply beautiful and colorful.“We couldn’t be more pleased with AFWLA’s website relaunch,” said founders of AFWLA, Onyinyechi Egeonuigwe and Nnenna Obioha. “From the clean and chic design, to the new features, we are very excited! Everything about the evolved site reflects who we are—and the future of AFWLA within the fashion world." AFWLA will take place in Los Angeles in October. We'll keep you posted about dates and location later on. From now, enjoy the gallery and scroll through their website for more information.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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