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EDUN African Design Inspiration #2: Ndebele Murals


Above: storytelling through murals

In the second edition of this series, the designers over at EDUN, a socially responsible fashion brand started by Ali Hewson and husband Bono to encourage sustainable trade with Africa and promote local economic opportunities, show us what they're getting inspired by these days. After the jump, more captioned images from photographer Margaret Courtney Clarke.

 

 

2. Women of the Ndebele tribe projecting inspiration from their clothing

 

3. Edun’s clothes are inspired by a neutral palate and brought to life through pops of bold color

 

4. The Ndebele tribe paint their homes for various ceremonial occasions

 

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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