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'African City Bags' Spotlight Major Locales On The Continent

'African Prints In Fashion' founder and blogger Ms. K's African City Bags celebrate major locales across the continent.


Photography by J. Quazi King

One fashion blogger has made it easier than ever to proudly rep some of Africa's most popular cities.

With an African City Bag one becomes "not just a citizen, but an African of the world," Ms. K recently told Okayafrica, quoting Ghanaian author Taiye Selasi. The young German-Ghanaian, who is also the founder of African Prints in Fashion, created the tote bag a year ago and recently held a photo shoot for the carry-all in New York City's famous Grand Central Station.

Fourteen cities, including Dakar, Kampala and Nairobi, are printed on the small bag, while the larger option features ten additional locations, like Harare, Freetown and Luanda.

"The feedback has been overall really positive and encouraging," she told Okayafrica. "People love the Afropolitan character of the bag and appreciate that the bag celebrates and highlights African cities amidst a sea of garments adorned with European and American city names."

As for whether Ms. K plans to expand on the African City design, there are currently two spin-off bags in the works. However, her top priority right now is moving production to the continent. "I already created some samples in Kenya, but they were not perfect yet," she said. "So, now I am working ongoing samples created in Ghana."

"I am not a patient person but I learned that consistency and patience are necessary for producing on the continent, especially if I manage everything virtually," she added. "But, I am determined to make my vision come to life."

To learn more about African City Bags and make a purchase, visit the website.

Photography by J. Quazi King

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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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