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In Photos: Fashion Meets Surfing in this Pan-African Collection

The "Surf Afrika" collection draws inspiration from growing surfing communities in African cities such as Accra and Dakar.

The Surf Afrika collection features easy-going prints, soft and light draping fabrics which emphasize duality and multi-functionality. Designers Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh were deliberate with this and say, "We made sure our collection had dual or multiple functionalities when designing it. You can wear an outfit to go surfing but also wear it for an evening meetup by switching shirts with same fabrications."


When one thinks about surfing, African countries probably don't feature high on the list of places where the water sport is popular. However, the perhaps surprising reality is that they do in fact exist―and they're thriving.

Lambert and Maidoh have visited Accra and Dakar on multiple occasions and soon discovered by chance that there were vibrant surfing communities that the residents there kept discrete. The duo say, "They keep it pretty much discrete and only those in the know do know."

Aside from the recreational aspect of surfing, it has also become an important source of income from various jobs that they perform. The duo met several interesting characters on their visits, one of them being a woman who spoke of the challenges she encountered as one of very few women in the sport in a Muslim country where "surfing wasn't really a thing".

Here are a few looks from the collection below:

Photo by Felix AAA

Photo by Felix AAA

Photo by Felix AAA

Photo by Felix AAA

Photo by Felix AAA

Photo by Felix AAA

Photo by Felix AAA

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Watch the Striking Trailer for 'Farming'—Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Directorial Debut

This is a must-watch.

The trailer for Farming, Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's directorial debut, is here.

"Between the 1960s and the 1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK," the trailer begins. "This is the true story of just one of them."

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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

"I am here where I belong, at the people's house, and you're just going to have to deal,"—Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Social media continues to rally behind Representative Ilhan Omar, following a series of racist remarks targeted at her and several other congresswoman of color by President Donald Trump.

The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

This is far from the first time that Omar has been on the receiving end of racist and Islamophobic attacks and referred to as un-American on account of her Somali heritage.

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6 African Country Musicians You Should Check Out

Featuring Sir Elvis, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, Emma Ogosi and more.

With Lil Nas X's EP going straight to number on the American charts, it seems like country music revival is taking over 2019 and beyond, thanks to its unlikely fusion with trap music. It only makes sense that black people are reclaiming the genre, as country was actually partly created by black American artists and heavily influenced by gospel music.

On top of that, plenty of lesser known black artists and bands are making country, or country-infused, music. This is especially the case in Africa, where the genre has been around for a few decades and an increasing number of musicians are gaining momentum. By gaining popularity in Africa, country is coming back to its roots, as country guitar and the way of playing it was originally inspired by the banjo— an instrument that African slaves brought with them to America.

Country music has a strong appeal across the African continent for several reasons: the similarity with many African instruments and the recurring lyrics and themes about love, heartbreak and "the land." At the heart of it, country music has an appeal to working class people all over the world who feel let down by the people that were supposed to help them.

Country music is played regularly on the radio in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi but yet, the artists featured are overwhelmingly white and American. African country singers do not get the respect they deserve or are seen as anomalies. With the growing number of them making country music, here is a list of the ones you need to listen to right now.

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