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Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

Find more upcoming OkayAfrica events here.


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14 Cultural Events You Can't Miss this December in South Africa

OkayAfrica's guide to must-see events during South Africa's festive season.

South Africans will tell you that December is not just a month, it's an entire lifestyle. From beginning to end, it's about being immersed in a ton of activity with friends and family as well as any new folk you meet along the way. Whether you're looking to turn up to some good music or watch some provocative theater, our guide to just 14 cultural events happening in South Africa this December, has something for everyone.

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Upcoming Events: #AnOkayAfricaParty in NYC this Friday

See this and more upcoming and past OkayAfrica events below

January 17, 2020

Happy New Year!!!
#AnOkayAfricaParty is back this Friday, 1.17.20 at Schimanski so come through if you need a vibration!
2019 was jam-packed from NYC to Paris with pop ups from Davido to Wizkid to Sango, so anything could happen! On the decks this MLK weekend, we've got your SA house queen AQ, joined by OkayAfrica veteran and special guest DJ Underdog, Liberia's very own selecta DJ Mohogany and riddim rudie GVIJIN.

Free before 11pm with RSVP while spots last.

EARLY ARRIVAL EXTREMELY SUGGESTED!

What to expect?: Here's What 'An OkayAfrica Party' at Lot 45 Looked Like

January 3, 2020

Daily Paper X Free The Youth collaborate on creating purposeful and sustainable capacity building experiences for young creatives in Ghana. We'll be engaging in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe facilitated by our host
@AmaraWorldWide and @OkayAfrica.

5pm to 7 pm

Daily Paper Accra Pop Up Store: Mhoseenu, Ndabaningi Sithole Road, Labone, Accra, Ghana

RSVP HERE

December 22, 2019

OkayAfrica is partnering with La Sunday—Abidjan's greatest party collective to ever do it—to present the first ever LA SUNDAY FESTIVAL on Sunday, December 22, 2019. The festival, running from 10AM to 02AM on December 22nd, will feature African acts from all over the world including, DJ Tunez (USA), Amaarae (GH), Anais B (FRA) as well as La Sunday resident DJs Jeune Lio and Black Charles.

What to expect? Check out our photos and article about La Sunday here.

Ticket information is available on La Sunday's page.

December 3 - 8, 2019

Afterparty for 'The Barber Shop Chronicles'—A New Play at BAM Brooklyn

Lagos. Johannesburg. Accra. Kampala. Harare. London. Six radically different cities, all united by a familiar place where you can get more than just a good trim. Critically-acclaimed Nigerian-British playwright Inua Ellams brings barbershop scenes to the BAM stage—along with all the banter, fun, music, and connections found in these sacred spaces. This "joyous piece of theatre" (The Independent) weaves a rich tapestry of unfiltered stories about father-son relationships and Black masculinity, set to an Afrobeat score.

Following performances of Barber Shop Chronicles this weekend, we'll keep the party moving from the stage to the lobby! December 6th, join us in the Campbell Lobby for a post-show jam with DJ Buka, presented by OkayAfrica, and on December 7th, DJ ¡eli! presented by Okayplayer. This runaway international sensation is in Brooklyn December 3—8 only! More Info Here!

Click HERE to stay up to date on the next Okayplayer event coming to a city near you!

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The Gorillaz Enlist Fatoumata Diawara for New Track 'Désolé

A stunning collaboration that we didn't even know we needed.

The Gorillaz enlist none other than Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for their latest single "Désolé," the second single from the hit-making British band's Song Machine installation project.

"Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know," the band's drummer Russel Hobbs is quoted as saying in a statement via Pitchfork. Désole translates to "sorry" in French, but despite it's apologetic title, the song is a laid-back groove, elevated by vocals from lead singer Damon Albarn and Diawara, who sings in English, French and Bambara.

"She's an African Queen," Russel adds. "This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that's not true.... Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips."

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Tanasha, Sauti Sol, Rayvanny, Sheebah, Victoria Kimani and more.

February has been dominated by familiar voices in East African music.

Here are our picks of the best East African songs of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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