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Senegal's Diarra Bousso Makes Clothes For The Hip Consumer

Senegalese fashion designer and artist Diarra Bousso unveiled her Fall/ Winter collections for her two brands MINT and db.

Senegal's Diarra Bousso wears many hats: multidisciplinary artist, young entrepreneur, fashion designer, blogger, painter and photographer. As a part of Dakar's vibrant creative community, Bousso founded Dakar Boutique — a fashion house and art platform that features her two clothing brands MINT and db amongst other artwork and events. On her website, she states a desire to focus on three stylistic elements: tribal prints, colors and detail. Bousso recently unveiled two collections for both of her brands. For MINT, which targets a bold & hip consumer, she introduced the Tribal Equestrian collection for men and women — a perfect fit for the fashionista who loves prints and patterns. For db, Bousso presented Charme Glacé, which translates to 'Icy Charm' in French. It features a great selection of crop tops and long-flowing, high-waisted skirts among other delicate garments. Judging from these two lookbooks, the upcoming seasons from MINT and db will definitely be hot. Scroll through our gallery to view the photographs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #diarrabousso.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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