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Angolan Male Model Glen Abrantes For BoxFresh x Josh Stika's New Collection

New Spring/Summer 14 collaboration by Boxfresh and Josh Stika features Angolan male model Glen Abrantes.

Founded in 1989 by Roger Wade, label Boxfresh is constantly being renewed, reinvented and adjusted in response the public's aspirations and new fashion trends. The British streetwear brand just released a new capsule collection in collaboration with London-based graffiti artist and illustrator Josh Stika. Like its title implies, their joint Fruit Cocktail S/S14 collection utilizes miniature fruit shapes amongst other design details. We love the different prints used to make these hoodies, crewneck t-shirts and sneakers unique. Angolan male model Glen Abrantes stars in the cool lookbook, giving it a vintage feel with his hi-top fade. Scroll through our gallery above to view the pictures and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #boxfresh.

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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