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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.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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