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Daniel Obasi's Afrofuturistic Fashion Film Shows How Wax Print Can Still Be Edgy

"An Alien In Town" follows two humans who stumble upon an alien and show it the Lagos way of living.

Last year, OkayAfrica highlighted Daniel Obasi, Nigerian stylist and art director, as one to watch in the "NextGen" series—which featured an array of young Africans putting into practice what Afrofuturism truly stands for through their work.

His latest project, in collaboration with Vlisco and A White Space Creative Agency, is a strong start of a year of exciting work we're looking forward to see from him.


An Alien In Town is a short fashion film that "follows two stylishly clad humans who take on the responsibility of teaching a new found alien how to fit within the Lagos metropolis."

Featuring designs from Tokyo James and Abiola Olusola using Vlisco's special collection, the 5-minute film is a simple, yet beautiful execution of a futuristic vision of Lagos paired with vintage elements and cinematography. For Obasi to partner with Vlisco for this project, a brand that is nostalgic for many West Africans who grew up customizing clothes with their wax prints, shows the overarching juxtaposition of the old meets the new.

The designs featured in An Alien In Town show how wax prints can still be edgy, youthful and cool. Though challenging to pull off, Obasi does that vision justice in this film.

Watch An Alien In Town below. For more on what inspired the film, watch Obasi's interview with Vlisco here.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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The 7 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Black Motion, Blxckie x Nasty C and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Black Motion Release New Single ‘Xxikiwawa’

Stream Black Motion's new single 'Xxikiwawa'.

South African house music duo Black Motion have finally released their single "Xxikiwawa". Featuring DJ Fortee, Lady Du, Pholoso and DJ Khosto, the song is the duo's first single since the release of their 2020 album The Healers: Last Chapter.

As usual, Lady Du's kwaito-style raps and chants take centre stage as she rhymes about hustling and trusting in the elders to answer our prayers. She ends her verse with a Brenda Fassie interpolation: "Indaba i-straight ayidingi i-ruler."

In trademark Black Motion fashion, the song is built on big drums and prominent percussion panned to give way for vocals but still managing to dominate.

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Interview: Tecla Ciolfi On The Journey To Starting Her Popular Podcast ‘Texx Talks’

South African music journalist Tecla Ciolfi launched her podcast 'Texx Talks' at the height of lockdown in 2020. Since then, it has become one of the most notable music platforms in the country.