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Prêt-À-Poundo: SUPAFRIK In Paris!

This is a recap of the opening night of the pop-up shop boutique SUPAFRIK, created by designer Chinedu Ukabam.


*Kévé/ Chichia London/ 3. BLKKAnGARoo/ [center] Ann & Arayata/ MyriamMaxo/ Chinedesign/ Heart365 Emporium (Left to Right / Top to Bottom)

SUPAFRIK is a contemporary diaspora-inspired art, fashion, music, and food pop-up shop & gallery. After stints in Toronto, Washington DC, and London, it was the turn of the city of lights: Paris. Created by designer Chinedu Ukabam of the label Chinedesign, this innovative concept offers a melting-pot of various types of art featuring fashion. "SUPAFRIK is a traveling “pop-up” experience that features artists and designers that re-contextualize African aesthetics and culture in a contemporary manner." We love the concept and the fact that this community is getting together to spread the word in an international setting. It allows the artists to get their work showcased in major cities and also build a stronger network. We were in Paris and loved the layout in the stunning Parisian spot La Crémerie, which is a historic place where the Great Louis XIV used to play as a kid in the courtyard.

*Painting by Komi Olaf

SUPAFRIK got a big turnout and he lively and jolly atmosphere of the public was noticeable. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Chinedesign label, we discovered the brand's trendy pieces alongside other talented designers including Chichia London, Ann & Arayata, Myriam Maxo, Heart 365 Emporium, BLKKAnGARooOhiri Kreation, Nefer by Daniel Touhou, Eloli, Les Enfants Sauvages, Enzi and Jodi B. On top of this, there were paintings from visual artist Komi Olaf, photographies by Kemi Bassene and pieces from Mahatsara for our viewing pleasure. Of course, what would be an event of this magnitude be without live music and food? Ukabam introduced us to singer Laetitia Dana who provided a intimate acoustic set accompanied by a guitar player and later on there was Shirley Mpagi, Danilo and Edem Allado. Chef Dieuveil Malonga, a name to remember, excited our taste buds with a mix of food, getting along perfectly with the SUPAFRIK ethic. This event was an ideal illustration of the contemporary diaspora arts getting together.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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