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Watch Daily Paper's Kuba Kingdom Inspired Video Lookbook

Watch a fashion film for Daily Paper's Spring/Summer 14 Lookbook, shot by Steven Elbers and soundtracked by Flying Lotus.

Amsterdam-based label Daily Paper is always at the cutting edge in terms of menswear. They have the skill and style to blend African heritage and contemporary fashion, creating effortlessly cool ready-to-wear garments. The brand recently unveiled a Steven Elbers-shot video to present their Spring/ Summer 14 lookbook, inspired by the ancient Kuba kingdom of tribes that settled in the Kasai region of what is now the DRC. The video stars a young man sporting their S/S 14  prints, t-shirts, denim shirts, classic bomber jackets, chore coats, and all-over embroidered shorts. The garments' patterns draw inspiration from the old civilization and boast a sharp contrast between that ancient influence on the printwork and the brand's modern vision. Daily Paper definitely owns a sleek aesthetic where old and new can co-exist. Watch the film, featuring Flying Lotus' music, below and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #dailypaper.


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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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