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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

Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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