Arts + Culture

Dougla: Cultural Expression Through Pattern [Gallery]

Graphic designer from Trinidad makes waves using bright palettes inspired by Caribbean culture and African art

Graphic designer Cherry Ann Davis blends her Trini' roots to create Dougla — a colloquial term used in Trinidad & Tobago to describe a mixed-race person of both African and East Indian descent. For Cherry, Dougla's designs tie together art and culture. The colors of Dougla were chosen specifically to unify different cultures of the Caribbean; Davis wanted her project to focus on the practices that make 'Afro-Caribbean' culture significant. The palettes are sure to bring togetherness in a symmetrical fashion. The artists explained it best herself:


Dougla is used as a cultural expression through pattern utilizing simple colour schemes representative of the diversity of the Caribbean Diaspora. I was intrigued by how many of the patterns survived the centuries and the manufacturing processes were also passed through the generations. Dougla seeks to create a pattern for the diversity of the Caribbean, utilising one triangle in varying arrangements. I see this project as a unifying agent of our varied cultures and an attempt to make a pattern that can be our mark in history with the great cultures of the world.

View Cherry Ann Davis' Dougla patterns in the gallery above. [H/T African Digital Art]

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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