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David Tlale Represents South Africa For The Sixth Time At New York Fashion Week

South African designer David Tlale debuts his solo collection for the sixth time at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Fall/Winter 2015.


Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Since becoming the first South African designer to showcase a solo collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York in September 2012, Vosloorus-born creative David Tlale has gone on to become a regular on the runway at Lincoln Center. "I believe that I am part of the revolution, whereby we have to start embracing every person that lives under the sun," Tlale told Okayafrica in an interview during the F/W 14 season. "It’s not a particular race that wears fashion, every woman who is on the street, whether from a mass production retail to a luxury store, everyone wants to look good, everyone wants to look amazing. Everybody, every color, every race, every nation can be an icon." On Sunday, for the sixth time in his career, Tlale presented the latest from his men's and womenswear collection at NYFW led by a troupe of supermodels that included Tyson Beckford (his second time walking for Tlale), South Sudan's Nykhor Paul, Afronauts star Diandra Forrest, and Africa's Next Top Model season 1 winner Aamito Stacie Lagum. The show was split into three themes, with an assortment of black and leathery ensembles with gold and feathers, swirling colors and cuts, and neutral tones. Watch David Tlale's Fall/Winter 2015 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York below. For more, see photos from Tlale's collection at NYFW S/S15.

>>>Read: Okayafrica's interview with David Tlale during NYFW Fall/Winter 2014

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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