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'Dandy Queens': A New Editorial Points A Lens At The Female Black Dandy

'Dandy Queens,' a new photo editorial from Blackattitude Magazine, points a lens at the female black dandy.

In recent months we've noted two bodies of work that shine a light on the worldwide rise of "black dandyism." First there was Ariel Wizman and Laurent Lunetta's 55-minute Black Dandy documentary, which aired on France's Canal+ in March. Next there came news of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago's Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity. The series, which is on view through July, touts itself as the first comprehensive exhibition of its kind through its spotlight on young men across the Diaspora who are defying stereotypical and monolithic notions of “Black masculinity” with the way they dress.


Recently, a new editorial from French magazine Blackattitude turn its lens towards a trio of female dandies. Shot by Prisca M. Monnier as a collaboration with Nadeem Mateky, Dandy Queens sees its sartorial-clad models (Aurélie Lamalle, Marama Lee, Khady Diallo) take on the roles of Jo March (the lead character from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, American abolitionist Dr. Mary Walker Chirurgienne (Mary Edwards Walker), and the frontierswoman Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane). Head to Blackattitude for the full editorial. For more, follow the magazine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

H/T Dynamic Africa

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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