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African-Inspired Prints With An Easy-To-Wear Twist: Les Enfants Sauvages

A snippet of Les Enfants Sauvages Spring/Summer 14 Collection.

A woman sitting on a stool is playing the ukulele; she's wearing a cute dress with a large line of strong-pattern fabric and flat shoes. That's how you step inside the world of contemporary label Les Enfants Sauvages: "a Montreal-based studio working with fabrics from different cultures. It freely combines tradition with modernity, the local, and the foreign. We make clothes for the free and independent human beings." Marie-Christine Quenneville, the brains behind the brand, constantly reinvents herself through a blend of African-inspired prints and oversized ready-to-wear pieces.


Quenneville states, "[the] collection is inspired by Haitian voodoo, particularly the representation of the spirit goddess Erzulie.  I am interested in feminine figure and I linked that to the Japanese mythology of the spider Goddess Jorogumo. The fabric I use is always the starting point of my creative process, and I worked this time, with a spider motif fabric. [That's] where I elaborated the concept from. The spider symbol also a strong meaning in Africa, as it is presented in the film KwankuAnanse (whose filmmaker, Akosua Adoma Owusu, wore Les Enfants Sauvages dresses at the Toronto Film festival)."

"[I was also inspired by] images of American vernacular jazz dance and the crazy dance parties in private Afro-American clubs back in the 1920s and 1930s. The feel a joy that emanates form those party are palpable to me. As voodoo travelled to the south of the United States I saw it blended in the society of the era. This era was greatly represented by the drawing of the artist Bill Traylor. There's a shadowy mood and, to give you an image of the collection as a whole, it'd be like a secret society in a Louisiana village in the 30s — everyone gathering around a pond under a full moon in their very best attire to dance old dances." Her Spring/Summer 14 collection is definitely a combination of stylish easy-to-wear pieces. You'll be to purchase it here starting March 2014.

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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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