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Africa Nouveau Festival With Fantasma, Just A Band, Boddhi Satva, Muthoni The Drummer Queen & More [9/5 & 9/6]

The 2-day Africa Nouveau Festival taking place this weekend in Kenya will showcase the most innovative, trendsetting artists on the continent


This weekend, Nairobi will host the Africa Nouveau Festival, a 2-day event "designed to showcase the most innovative, trend-setting artists on the continent." Presented by Blankets & Wine, the festival will bring together some of our favorite names in music, fashion and "culi'n'art" (art & food) on September 5 & 6 at the Ngong Racecourse.

Featured in the dazzling lineup are the Kenyan electronic pop outfit Just A BandSouth Africa's Fantasma (of which both Spoek Mathambo & DJ Spoko are members), 'Ancestral Soul' maestro Boddhi Satva, Nairobi powerhouse Muthoni The Drummer Queen,  Ghanaian 'afro-hypno-sonic' singer Jojo Abot, Angola's DJ Satelite, Electrafrique's own DJ Cortega, Kenyan street style duo 2manysiblings, and many more.

Okayafrica will be running a livestream of the festival over the weekend powered by What's Good Live, check back here for more details on that. Grab your single day or weekend tickets to Africa Nouveau at the link below. Don't miss out Nairobi!

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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