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#DanceFridays: Our 'AFRICAN AF' Video Is What You Need to Kick Start Your Weekend

Watch the AFRICAN AF SS17 designs in action in this new dance video.

AFRICAN AF is OkayAfrica’s debut homegrown collection for SS17.


Some of the new designs were inspired by popular references—check out the Naija No Dey Carry Last tee and I Don't Speak African tote—and others by the local scoop from our global community.

All in all, though, this collection was created out of one inherent desire: to proudly show where we're from and what we love.

You can now watch the AFRICAN AF designs in action in this brand new, vintage-style dance video directed by Phillip-Daniel Ducasse, which features our models getting down to DJ Spinall and Davido's aforbeats hit "Package."

“With this shoot, we wanted to do something that had a vibe and included popular cultural references—from the fabric we used with the deep colors and textures, to the incorporation of instruments and other signifiers of different areas in the continent and in the diaspora,” says OkayAfrica's Sinat Giwa. “We have books about travel from borderless writers and, of course Fela records.”

SHOP THE NEW 'AFRICAN AF' COLLECTION HERE

Video Credits:

Filmed, Directed, and Edited by Phillip- Daniel Ducasse

Produced by Sinat Giwa, Oyinkan Olojede

Creative Direction by Oyinkan Olojede, Sinat Giwa

Set Design by Sinat Giwa, Dex R. Jones

News Brief
Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns (via Getty Images)

New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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