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'Contemporary Design Africa' author Tapiwa Matsinde highlights 10 leading contemporary decor designers from Africa.


Aissa Dione (Textiles, Senegal)

Aïssa Dione: Dogon Woven Textiles © Bruno Deméocq– Featured in Contemporary Design Africa © Thames & Hudson

Aissa Dione is an award-winning Senegalese textile designer whose textiles have set the standard for African luxury products. A pioneer of West Africa's contemporary textile industry, Aissa Dione combines traditional techniques with modern ones, adapting the old to suit the demands of contemporary lifestyles. She began her workshop in 1992 and sought to modernize traditional Mandjaque weaving with contemporary colours, patterns and locally-sourced raw materials. Her efforts resulted in sophisticated designs that have been commissioned by discerning designers and fashion houses, including Christian Liaigre and Hermes.

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Mr JazziQ's Highly Anticipated Amapiano Album 'Party With The English' Is Here

Mr JazziQ plans to take over global dance floors with 'Party With The English', his first solo amapiano album.

Mr JazziQ, South Africa's amapiano maestro and half of JazziDisciples, has shared his latest beat-pumping album Party With The English. The ten-track album features amapiano music's finest artists and vocalists — Lady Du, Kabza Da Small, Boohle, Mpura, The Majesties, Reece Madlisa and more. Mr JazziQ has set his sights on dominating the international music scene with Party With The English.

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AKA Announces Social Media Break After Fiancée Nelli Tembe's Passing

South African rapper AKA has shared that he will be going on a social media hiatus as he mourns the tragic death of his fiancée Nelli Tembe.