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M.A.F Couture's Collage Lookbook For S/S 14

M.A.F Couture by Mary Tataw Eyere presented their 'Dry Gold' Spring/ Summer 14 lookbook.

M.A.F Couture, by designer Mary Tataw Eyere, recently unveiled Dry Gold, a lookbook for their Spring/Summer 14 collection. According to Tataw, the looks are made for a "fashionable African woman in her mid 20s that has been to the big city and experienced fashion, fame and glamour... And this summer she decided to go back to her hometown and enjoy the summer in the wild. She stays glamorous while acquainting with nature." A great idea for the season, Tataw paid strong attention to detail in crafting her gorgeous fabrics. What we love the most is the collage style lookbook. Scroll through our gallery to view the photographs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #mafcouture.
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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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