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a Brilliant Dummy Photographs The Best Dressed At Philly's 2015 ACANA Festival

Tiayrra Bradley/a Brilliant Dummy photographs the best dressed at the African Cultural Alliance of North America's 2015 festival in Philly.

Earlier this month, the African Cultural Alliance of North America held its 8th annual festival in Philadelphia. Headlined by Nigerian superstar Flavour N'abania, the 2015 ACANA Festival brought together musicians and dancers from across Africa and the Diaspora for a full day at Penn's Landing. This year, Philly-based photographer Tiayrra Bradley, otherwise known as a Brilliant Dummy, was on hand to document some of the festival's best dressed attendees with a colorful photo wall titled If These Walls Could Talk. In an email to Okayafrica, Bradley told us of her experience setting up shop at the latest edition of ACANA:


"With festival season in full swing, I had the pleasure of attending the 8th annual ACANA Festival sponsored by PECO’s Multicultural Series and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Pa. celebrating African culture. The Festival included acts such as Rafiya, Rotimi and Afrophonik, Togar Howard, Universal Dance Ensemble and headliner Flavour

I had the opportunity of putting together a photo wall entitled If These Walls Could Talk. The inspiration behind the project was to capture the vibrant spirit of African culture in Philly with colorful walls as a backdrop. As this was my first time at the ACANA Festival I wasn’t sure what to expect but, I was encouraged when I arrived and saw the vibrant nature of youthful and elder Africans. Once I set up my walls I got right to shooting and was even able to capture Nne and Ike from The Nne and Ike Show. From unique naturel hairstyles to colorful outfits I greatly enjoyed myself at ACANA Fest 2015 and I’m excited to do more in the near future."

See photos from 'If These Walls Could Talk' at the 2015 ACANA Festival in Philadelphia in the gallery above. Keep up with a Brilliant Dummy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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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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