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Photographer Chris Saunders' 'Fashion Gangs Of Johannesburg'

Chris Saunders shoots photos of Johannesburg Style Crews for GQ Style South Africa.

South African photographer and filmmaker Chris Saunders, who made his name directing visually stunning music videos for the likes of Okmalumkoolkat and Nozinja, has been commissioned by GQ Style SA to present a fashion concept portraying some of Johannesburg's different style crews and artistic collaborators for their new issue. Working with stylist Francois Ferreira, Saunders delivers a simple portrait photo series that highlights the strong characteristics of each subject chosen. Breaking from the wildly vivid set designs he is known for in his music videos, Saunders chooses to shoot his subjects in front of a white empty background, which successfully draws the eye to focus on the varied uses of colors, patterns, textures and silhouettes employed by each designer — from the traditional to the avant-garde. See the second quarter GQ Style South Africa for the printed version of the shoot.

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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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