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Black History March: A Project By Anthony Bila

Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist teamed up with the Love Is African collective (with Loux The Vintage Guru) on 'Black History March.'

Always on our radar, JHB photographer Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist joined forces last month with recent Namibian fashion blogstar Loux The Vintage Guru on Black History March. Shot in Joburg's Alexandra, Bila's photos (above) capture the Love Is African collective (itself a collaboration between Loux the Vintage Guru and Joburg creative ensemble Khumbula), posing in vintage three piece suits and fedoras in an "ode to black history." Black History March, with its atmospheric sepia tone textures and powerful gazes, celebrates 60s style and the power of looking back, whilst embodying a critique on the brevity of Black History month. On why the series launched after Black History Month actually occurred, Bila explained:


"I purposefully launched this project a month after the Black History Month actually occurred, it’s traditionally held in February but I wanted to dispel the notion that black history needs a ‘special month’, the shortest month of all no less, dedicated to it as commemoration and remembrance of the rich incredibly vast history of Africa and it's peoples. My thoughts about black history are that it should be venerated just as any other significant part of history is, at every given opportunity. The name of the series is a double entendre. March being the month we are in and march in the sense that we soldier on, as a people moving forward but never forgetting to reflect and look back at where we have come from. Something I believe we should all do, regardless."

Black History March is the first in Anthony Bila's ongoing series commemorating various time periods in African history through words, motion picture and still photography. Take a look at the gallery above and find out more about the project here.

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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

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The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

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