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Fashion Round-Up: 'Fela Never Wore Pants On Stage' + More

This is a roundup of fashion news including Burna Boy stripping down his pants during his performance for Felabration.


Seun Says No To Burna Boy's Fela Tribute!

Burna Boy closed out Felabration at the New Afrika Shrine. According to him, he wanted to pay tribute to Fela Kuti and stripped down his pants during the performance. Seun Kuti responded on his BBM: “Nna na wa o. I am bald for Christ sake and Fela never wore pants on stage. Tell Burna Boy that!!" meaning Fela never wore underpants on stage, rather only donned the look while at his home. This was a bit too intense and out of subject for us to be a good tribute. Plus, the sight of Burna Boy rubbing up on female dancers in his underwear is not needed at Felabration.

Fashion For Peace

The Festival of African Fashion and Arts (FAFA) will be back November 2-3 to bring audiences Fashion For Peace in Nairobi, Kenya. FAFA founder Ann Mc Creath stated, "Fashion for Peace was born with the belief that positive change can come when we encourage the positive and the inspiring; working together as different cultures.” This great initiative will feature many international and local designers including: Anna Adero, Aryam, Deepa Dosaja, Galina Tatarinova, Jamil Walji, John Kaveke, Kooroo, Le Collane Di Betta, Niku Singh, Shenu Hooda, Waithera Kibuchi, Ami Shah, Ankara Vintage, Annabelle Thom, Azra Walji, KikoRomeo, Kikoti, Muna Yemane, Riri Jewelry, Wambui Kibue and Manciny Mwigi. On Sunday, there will also be activities for children and teenagers, including a clothing and accessories fair, family peace run, yoga, panic healing, painting, DJing, photography, fashion designing, T-shirt designing, modeling, story writing and blogging amongst others. You can purchase tickets at Food Plus (Chandarana), ABC Place, Lavington, Muthaiga, Kikoromeo YAYA Centre, Sarova Stanley and PanAfric Hotel and here.

 High Fashion in Lagos

Lagos Fashion and Design Week kicked off this week and we just wanted to give you a little snippet of the stunning Christie Brown's collection. Plenty more to come next week!

African-Printed Shoes Pop-Up Shop

Only three days to go until Dionne Gooding's Pop-Up Shoes. If you want some fierce colorful heels, get to the 'Tomorrow Store' pop up shop by Dionne Gooding in London, 9 Eldon Street between Liverpool Street and Moorgate tube stations. Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10am to 7pm.

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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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