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Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2011 Lagos

Arise Magazine releases their Fashion Week Lagos 2011 schedule.

Arise Magazine, Africa's first global style and culture magazine, has released the 2011 week-long schedule for Nigeria's Fashion Week. Running from Thursday, March 10th through Sunday, March 13th, over 50 international designers will be showcasing their designs in three major categories over the four days: Group, Double, and Collective. For a full list of designers participating see below. A new aspect added to this year's fashion week are live music performances at the end of each day.  Confirmed artists who are set to perform include Estelle, Naeto C, Darey Art-Alade, and Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, better known as as the two-time BRIT  Award-winning artist Tinie Tempah.


Designers participating in Fashion Week 2011, Lagos include:

Alexander Amosu, Amine Bendriouich Couture and BS, Autumn Adeigbo, Angelo

Van Mol, B-Side by Wale Adeyemi, Bestow Elan, Black Coffee, Bridget Awosika,

Buki Akib, Bunmi Koko, Chichia, Christie Brown, Deola Sagoe, Ejiro Amos

Tafiri, Eki Orleans, Eredappa, Gavin Rajah (SA), Gert-Johan Coetzee, Grey,

House of Farrah, House of Nwocha, Ituen Basi, Jewel by Lisa, JIL, Jo Black

Craze, Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest, KemKemStudio, Kiki Kamanu, Klûk

CGDT, Korto Momolu, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi , LaQuan Smith, Lola Faturoti,

Madam Wokie's Couture, Maki Oh, Mataano, Mustafa Hassanali, Nikki Khiran

Couture, NKWO, Odio Mimonet, Okunoren Twins, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Re

Bahia, Samantha Cole, Tiffany Amber, Toju Foyeh, Tsemaye Binitie, Viv La

Resistance, Vonne, Xuly.Bët, Zedeye.

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Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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