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Illustration by Dav Andrew.

Dav Andrew Is The South African Illustrator Who Wants To Create An Afrocentric Afrofuturistic Idea Of Africa

We chat to the South African illustrator about his Afrocentric work and the importance of imagined futures.

Dav Andrew is a seasoned South African designer, illustrator and colorist who, in his own words, wants to "bring positivity and light to important subjects like African spirituality, black love, colorism, celebrating liberation heroes and telling stories from the black experience." He does this by conjuring illustrations of reimagined and Afrofuturistic figures of South African cultures. For instance, in his latest series, he reimagines South African tribes' attire with a touch of Afrofuturism.


Dav also makes caricatures of South African personalities and sketches responses to what's trending in the news and arts and culture. He has made caricatures of the infamous fine artist Lebani "Rasta" Sirenje and Kwesta, among others.

A caricature of Kwesta by Dav Andrew.

His impressive "Indoni" series celebrated women of the different tribes of South Africa—Zulu, Ndebele, Swati, Sotho, Khoisan and more.

Below, we ask Dav about what he hopes to achieve with his illustrations, the importance of being Afrocentric and his involvement with Supa Strikas, one of the highly circulated monthly comic books in the world.

A piece that's part of Dav's "Indoni" series.

I understand you do some work for the Supa Strikas comic. Please tell us how that came about and what your role is.

Yes, I've been working with them for the last three years as a colorist, but at the moment, I'm doing illustration, design, color, finishing and a little bit of art direction. I'm learning a lot and I'm really grateful for the learning opportunities.

There's a deliberate sense of Afrocentricity in your work. What's the reason behind that decision?

Well, that's because I really see it as a responsibility. It's important to me to bring positivity and light to important subjects like African spirituality, black love, colorism, celebrating liberation heroes and telling stories from the black experience. I'm happy to see the mainstream media finally embracing these things but as an artist I realized that I'm actually in a position to help move this along quicker. Kids are seeing my work and it's important for me to them to see black heroes and positive figures. I actually work for a lower rate for black authors just to have more stories out there as told by black people. I wasn't there during slavery and apartheid, and those people suffered for us to be in this current place in the world, and it's only right that I take the baton and continue running the race for the next generation to be further along. I think we all need to do what we can to elevate ourselves, so I'm just doing my part of the relay race until the next runner comes along.

A caricature of Brenda Fassie by Dav Andrew.

You have these quick sketches that you frequently share on your social media. What's the idea behind that? And how long does it take you to put them together?

I get to work at around 8am, and I start at 9am, so every morning I try something new as a learning curve just to improve my craft and speed. I think that's the best way to improve as an artist.

An anti-women abuse piece by Dav Andrew.

Please tell us about the series you are currently running where you say you want to "create an Afrocentric Afrofuturistic idea of Africa."

Yes, so I think it's up to us to create a future idea of Africa. In the 1920s and '30s, American futurists would create concept art of technology, fashion, flying cars, etc.—things they thought would exist by the year 2000. And based on those sketches, we saw generations of scientists, doctors, architects, engineers try to realize those dreams because they grew up inspired by those images. If you think about it, we're still thinking about when flying cars will finally come around. So what they did was really impactful for the generations that came after them. I want that same future and inspiration to young African kids, but, at the same time, I'm trying to use only African influences, and it's really tricky, but I want every image to be as purely African as I can get them to be.

A caricature of Cassper Nyovest by Dav Andrew.

A caricature of Rapulana Seiphemo by Dav Andrew.

A caricature of AKA's cover for his latest album Touch My Blood by Dav Andrew.

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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Nigeria's Super Falcons Were Forced To Threaten a Sit-In Protest Over Unpaid Bonuses After Women's World Cup

After negotiations, the Nigerian Football Federation have agreed to run the players their money.

Nigeria's own Super Falcons had a great run during the Women's World Cup. But instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to strong-arm the Nigerian Football Federation to pay what they're owed.

According to ESPN's initial report over the weekend, the Super Falcons threatened to stage a sit-in protest at their hotel in France until all of their unpaid bonuses dating back to two years ago were paid, along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.

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