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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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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