Style

First Look: Tongoro's Stunning Dakar-Made Summer Collection

Dakar-based fashion house, Tongoro, shares its stunning new collection just in time for the summer.

SENEGAL—Dakar-based fashion house, Tongoro, shares its stunning new collection just in time for the summer.


The self-proclaimed "first affordable fashion label made in Africa," sources its materials from the continent and is handcrafted by local tailors.

Its creator, Sarah Diouf is committed to championing African design. In February, she wrote an open letter about creative integrity to fashion label, Yves Saint Laurent, after the brand stole her design during New York Fashion Week.

Diouf hasn't slowed down on account of the incident, her new line is stronger than ever with its collection of  awe-worthy bell sleeved tops, dazzling sequined trousers and many more fashion forward items.

Today, we give you an exclusive look at her latest collection.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Image courtesy of Sarah Diouf.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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