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Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 3 Black Fashion Week Montreal Collections

This is a top 3 Black Fashion Week Montreal Collections and a recap of the event.

Adama N'Diaye hit the fashion world once again with the Black Fashion Week concept. N'Diaye, founder of Adama Paris, Dakar Fashion Week and Black Fashion Week got a great deal of media attention thanks to her event's choice of name. She stands for her great cause and is spreading it around the world. The first edition was in Prague, followed by Paris and recently Montreal. All editions have been a success and she clearly made a buzz by exposing Black and African designers. "Black Fashion Week aims to raise awareness of the contemporary black creation beyond African borders and show more diversity on the catwalk with models of all origins and creators from different horizons." At first sight, may we all be inspired by the boldness and, most importantly, the perseverance exhibited by N'Diaye, whose work is effective despite the lack of resources and proper media attention at this time.


Black Fashion Week Montreal 2013 - Adama Paris

Adama Paris

We've compiled our Top 3 Black Fashion Week Montréal Collections. The designers selected are Senegalese Adama N'Diaye, Ivorian Elie Kuame and Montreal label RUSH Couture by Claudette Floyd. We welcome their emphasis on looking for a signature as a designer and delivering nice collections with an array of ultra-feminine pieces, mix of materials, bold prints and patterns.

Black Fashion Week Montreal 2013 - Elie Kuame

Elie Kuame

While we laud the courage and commitment to a beautiful initiative and cause, we still have to assess the content of the event. Is Black Fashion Week stifling boldness, creativity and innovation by prioritizing designers and models of color? We have to ask ourselves what our motivation is and how to achieve it without compromising the first goal. For Montreal, our questions are: was it a lack of money? Ressources? Time? Don't get us wrong, this isn't about all the designers present, but we were surprised of some of the collections at the Montreal edition — they were just "normal-already done-nothing special-déja vu." To cut it short, there was nothing new here, it was all warmed-over.

Black Fashion Week Montreal 2013 - RUSH Couture

Rush Couture by Claudette Floyd

Our concern is simply that some of the designers might corrupt the event by pulling down the quality level. It cannot credibly be proclaimed that because of lack of exposure that any designer and model of color should be part of the event. In order to help reverse the current trend, we have to focus on content, talent and creativity or it will run out of steam. Make no mistake about it, there's all the potential needed to fill-up the lack of diversity and ethnicity on the international runway and create a favorable fashion environment.

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Image courtesy of Sun-El Musician.

Interview: Sun-El Musician Is Going 'To the World & Beyond'

Thirteen years ago, Sun-El Musician left his home in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal and dropped out of university to move to Joburg and pursue a dream that continues to unfold with To the World & Beyond, the much-anticipated followup to his debut album

Sun-El Musician almost didn't release the very song that made him the much-loved name he is in South African dance music. He sent "Akanamali" to three different sound engineers and still didn't feel it was quite ready to see the light of day. The song, which is about being broke, sat on his laptop for four months before his younger brother, Sandile, encouraged him to reconsider putting it out for others to hear.

"If it were up to me, I wouldn't have released 'Akanamali,'" Sun-El, real name Sanele Sithole, tells OkayAfrica. "I would have wanted it to be so extra perfect. I don't know what that means anymore, but once you touch a song, you feel like you could do better." Thankfully, with a little nudging from his brother, Sun-El let the song out into the world in 2017 to work its magic, earning him his place in the scene, along with three South African Music Awards, including Best Collaboration with Samthing Soweto.

Sun-El's reputation has been shaped by years of working with Demor Skhosana, who helped get him started in the industry, and producing tracks for the likes of Thiwe, Zakes Bantwini, and Shota. The self-taught Sun-El has put all he's learnt into a label of his own, El World Music, which counts Simmy and S-Tone, who both appeared on his debut album Africa to the World, among its roster. At the same time, he's teamed up with artist development company Platoon to increase the reach of his music.

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