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B-side By Walé Celebrates 20th Anniversary With 'The Faded Weekend' SS15 Streetwear Collection

British-Nigerian designer Walé Adeyemi's B-side By Walé celebrates its 20th anniversary with 'The Faded Weekend' SS15 collection.

B-side By Walé is the London-based streetwear label of British-Nigerian designer (and former New Era creative director) Walé Adeyemi. Founded in 1995, the brand has been worn by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Joey Bada$$, and Cara Delevingne, to name a few. For their 20th anniversary, the label recently unveiled a sporty Spring/Summer 2015 collection entitled The Faded Weekend. According to a press release, "the key inspiration for this collection presents the idea of a weekend in the city from the laidback morning through to the chaos of the night time. B-side by Walé wanted to present this inspiration with different sections using a contrast of color blocking, neutrals and animal prints in order to create full outfits that represent a lifestyle from am to pm." The collection includes a cozy series snakeskin print cotton jerseys and dresses, sweatshirts, sweatpants, shorts, tees and tanks. See photos from The Faded Weekend lookbook above. The collection is available now at Harvey Nichols and online via B-side By Walé. For more, follow the label on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

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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