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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.

Manthe Ribane & Okzharp. Photo: Chris Saunders.

Defying Borders, Genres and Mediums: The Multimedia World of Manthe Ribane, Okzharp & Chris Saunders

The three artists unveil an album, short film, installation and tour around their debut full-length, Closer Apart.

Why settle for a genre or a medium when there's an entire world of creativity to draw from?

That's a defining ethos of the collaboration between Manthe Ribane, Okzharp, and Chris Saunders. Through music, performance art, video, and more, the three pull from anywhere that could possibly help create the world they're trying to build.

"What's most important is creating an experience with the different mediums that we showcase," says Ribane, a South African artist who handles vocal and performance duties.

Closer Apart, their first full length album on Hyperdub Records, finds them in progressive form, with London's Okzharp on production and Ribane singing, occasionally slipping into the Sepedi language. It's a clear vision—an individualistic project that avoids identifying too closely with any specific genre or scene, but the stark electronic beats and chanted lyrics do expose their respective roots.

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12 Must-See Exhibits At LagosPhoto Festival

Pantsula dancers, classic Hollywood films and mannequins are just a few of the subject matters explored at this year's LagosPhoto Festival.

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Photography by Patrick Wilocq from 'The Suparwelés'

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Watch the Hazy Music Video for Burna Boy's 'Secret' Featuring Jeremih and Serani

Burna Boy drops a new music video for a fan favorite from his Grammy-nominated album 'African Giant.'

Grammy-nominated Burna Boy shares the music for the latest single "Secret," a fan favorite from his seminal album African Giant.

The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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