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Prêt-À-Poundo: Celebrate Africa Fashion In Los Angeles With AFWLA

Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles (AFWLA) 2012 focuses on bringing investors into Africa, encouraging trade and export, and promoting African cultures.


Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles (AFWLA) is a unique and innovative event focused on bringing investors into Africa, encouraging trade and export, and promoting African cultures. Their objective is to enhance the African textile and clothing industries by providing a platform for established and emerging African designers to showcase their talents to a broad audience. AFWLA will allow designers to take advantage of global opportunities and gain international exposure while growing their businesses and boosting the African economy. 

The event was founded in response to the growing need in the greater Los Angeles area to have a cultural showcase that features dynamic African talent. It will be held as a multifaceted week long event that'll include runway shows, industry networking mixers, vendor exhibitions, and more. The event will link international partners, local buyers, agents, editors, celebrities, and industry insiders to the vibrant fashions that Africa has to offer.

WHEN: October 10th. through October 13th. 2012

WHERE: Papillion Institute of Art, 1835 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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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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