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Diesel + Edun Launch 'Studio Africa' [Photo Gallery]

Diesel and Edun pair up to create a denim line manufactured on the continent and bring nine artists together to collaborate with Okayafrica curating the online presence


This past week, Diesel and Edun's project Studio Africa well and truly launched with a series of parties hosted by Boiler Room in Paris, London, and Berlin. Hopefully you caught the incredible performances by Okayafrica favorites Baloji, Spoek Mathambo, Batida and Solange via the Boiler Room livestream, and partied along in your living room if you weren't there in person.

Now that the parties done, you might be wondering what's next for Studio Africa. Here's the deal: clothing brands Diesel and Edun have partnered to produce a denim line manufactured in Uganda from cotton grown in Uganda and bought at a fair price. With Solange Knowles as an advocate, they've also teamed up with nine writers pioneering artists, writers, photographers, journalists and models to form Studio Africa, a "virtual loudspeaker for a new generation of creative talents" who are "redefining the future on their own terms." Okayafrica is curating their digital presence on Tumblr and Twitter.

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*Video interview with trio of Soweto-based photographers I See a Different You

For a year, on the Studio Africa Tumblr and twitter @Studio_Africa, the group will be documenting their projects and journeys as they take their work to new audiences and collaborate with each another. Click the links to learn more about musicians Yannick Ilunga (aka Petite Noir) and Baloji; designers Laurence Chauvin Buthaud and Tanya Mushayi (aka Nikko Frikko); first openly gay Moroccan writer Abdellah Taïa; the breakout star of Andrew Dosunmu's Restless City, Sy Alassane;  photojournalist Uviwe Mangweni; tomboy turned catwalk model Flaviana Matata; and renowned photography collective I See A Different You.

Click through below for shots of Baloji, Solange, and Batida's performances at the Studio Africa Launch party in Paris, captured by Mr Mass (find him here on Tumblr).

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Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

Find more upcoming OkayAfrica events here.

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14 Cultural Events You Can't Miss this December in South Africa

OkayAfrica's guide to must-see events during South Africa's festive season.

South Africans will tell you that December is not just a month, it's an entire lifestyle. From beginning to end, it's about being immersed in a ton of activity with friends and family as well as any new folk you meet along the way. Whether you're looking to turn up to some good music or watch some provocative theater, our guide to just 14 cultural events happening in South Africa this December, has something for everyone.

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You Need to Watch C Natty's New Music Video For 'Ojah'

Video Premiere: Check out the striking first release from Mr Eazi's #emPawa30.

C Natty arrives in style with his new single "Ojah."

The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

The new music video for "Ojah," which we're premiering here today, is equally as stunning and follows the story of someone who doesn't take others' advice. C Natty told us the following about the DK of Priorgold Pictures-directed video:

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South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

Two of South Africa's hip-hop super producers Tweezy and Gemini Major will face-off in upcoming Instagram live beat battle.

After Instagram live beat battles such as Swizz Beatz versus Timbaland and Mannie Fresh versus Scott Storch amid the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was only a matter of time until the hip-hop community across the world followed suit.

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