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Fashion Roundup: Kisua, EDUN, Black Fashion Network + More!

We roundup the important stories about African and Black fashion that came out this week!


Kisua

Kisua, a new African e-commerce platform is set to launch next month. The idea for the site first came up when CEO Samuel Mensah was thinking about Africa’s strong tradition of producing and gifting fabrics, but its small number of established fashion brands: “I started to wonder why somebody wasn’t making African garments for consumption in African and global markets,” he told WWD.

Gert-Johan Coetzee

During SA Fashion Week, Gert-Johan Coetzee unveiled his last collection. Using fashion as a tool to contribute to the fight against cancer and collaborating with the Pink drive — a company that runs mobile breast-check units in South Africa. He will be discussing it on The Real Goboza, a South African celebrity gossip and entertainment magazine show. at 6pm on SABC1.

EDUN

After a two-season collaboration inspired by African creativity, EDUN unveiled their Studio Africa Collection for Fall/ Winter 13. The collection's 36 pieces focus on denim manufactured in Africa with CCI (Conservation Cotton Initiative) cotton from Uganda. EDUN looked to reinterpret the  four-pocket jean that was massively successful in 1970s South Africa.

Black Fashion Network?

Black Fashion Week was a huge success for the second time in Paris and closed last weekend. During an interview on Panafrican TV Channel Africa 24, the founder Adama N'Diaye, known for her Adama Paris line, announced the launch of a network focused on fashion from Africa. We'll keep you posted!

Anitah Quansah was recently featured in the Zen Magazine, who calls the collection " a stunning range of breathtaking jewelry." We totally agree and wanted to share this outstanding 2013 collection with you all.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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