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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.

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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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