Style

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.


Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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