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This Is What Electrafrique Dakar Looked Like

Last Saturday was the great return of Okayafrica Electrafrique to its new home base in Dakar, check out a gallery of photos from the night.

Last Saturday was the great return of Okayafrica Electrafrique to its new home base in Dakar, after a long summer break that followed an epic show at the Dak’Art Biennale, which featured the versatile Kenyan producer Blinky Bill.


For this new edition, the Okayafrica family teamed up with the Kaani and Jokkolabs collective, who provide different platforms to young creatives to launch projects and grow. The show took the heart of the city by storm, bringing contemporary pan-African vibrations to the depth of the Medina, Dakar’s century-old neighborhood, which is a lively bridge between tradition and modernity.

Many stars were born in this vibrant neighborhood, whose pulses set the tempo of the city. Electrafrique builds on this tradition and culture, aiming to bring a fresh element to the community. In that sense it’s quite symbolic that the show took place at the Maison de la Culture Douta Seck, the home of Senegal’s national orchestra.

The music took the crowd to each corner of the continent, following the flow set by our own DJ Cortega and Tamsir a.k.a. TchoubTchoub, the Senegalese DJ who came through to Dakar for the occasion, from his new base in France. Dakar’s artistic and creative communities rallied for the occasion, dancing the night away to a fusion of traditional and futuristic afro-electronic beats.

Go inside Okayafrica Electrafrique Dakar in these photos by JB Joire. Fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, dancers from Compagnie la Mer Noire, Kenaicha Sy of the Wakh’art cultural collective, and rapper FManel of Skillaz were present, among many other partiers.

Dancers Paula and Kirs of Compagnie la Mer Noire.

Dancer Khoudia of Compagnie la Mer Noire.

Dancer Khoudia of Compagnie la Mer Noire.

TchoubTchoub (right).

Kenaicha Sy of the Wakh’art cultural collective, Rapper FManel of Skillaz, and fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, the new Creative Director for the Design Indaba 2016.

Selly Raby Kane.

Cortega, TchoubTchoub and Don Dazy.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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