Dandy Lion: Photographing The Worldwide 'Black Dandy' Style Phenomenon

'Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity' is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago April 6 to July 12.

All images courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago

Last week France's CANAL+ aired a new documentary about Black Dandyism. In just a week from now, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago will launch a new series dedicated to the worldwide style phenomenon. Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity, which touts itself as the first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, shines its spotlight on young men across the Diaspora who are defying stereotypical and monolithic notions of "Black masculinity" through the way they dress. According to a press release, "Juxtaposed against an urban backdrop, the 'hip hop' generation’s Black Dandy is noticeably different from the historical minstrel or Harlem Renaissance queer prototype. The 21st century Black Dandy’s sartorial choices are an expression of the African aesthetic rather than an imitation of European high-brow society. Using their self-fashioned bodies as sites of resistance, contemporary Black dandies are complicating modern narratives of what it means to be Black, masculine and fashionable today."

The exhibition will feature work by more than 25 photographers and filmmakers, including Terence Nance, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn (who was recently behind these stunning portraits of Senegal's Baye Fall brotherhood), Sierra Leonean NY-based Deconstructing She photographer Adama Delphine Fawundu, Mozambique's Cassi Amanda Gibson, Namibian style guru Loux The Vintage Guru, Johannesburg photographer Harness Hamese, Gentleman Of Bacongo photographer Daniele Tamagni, and Rog Walker (who also shot Solange's wedding portraits).

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity, curated by Brooklyn/Philadelphia-based curator Shantrelle P. Lewis, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago from April 6 to July 12, 2015.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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