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Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide - The Dapper Real Live Show

This is a fashion editorial featuring The Real Live Show, photographed by Rae Maxwell and directed by Poundo Gomis.

The fashion world is limitless and has always been an indicator of culture, as well as a constantly-blossoming form of self-expression and adornment. We are all travelling models, sporting a revolving cast of brands and styles. At Okayplayer/Okayafrica, we always aim to be en vogue with our own movement. The growing trend is our own. While the mainstream remains overexposed, we witness the emergence of young and creative designers. We look to defend individuality and 'fashion freedom' as we encourage you to look further than the dominant trends.


In this Style Guide, you'll see gorgeous Rae Maxwell photographs of our models Stimulus and Malik Work, from New York band The Real Live Showwearing The Roots Studio Tee and our Africa Cuts Tees from the stunning Okayplayer/Okayafrica tee-shirt collection. From Prêt-À-Poundo, who deliberately strays from mainstream fashion, you'll discover creative and inventive designers who'll make Al Malonga stylism remain unique and fresh.

We spoke with stylist Al Malonga briefly on her inspiration for this shoot, "Styling The Real Live Show, I wanted to combine hip-hop with African-inspired items, combining an urban and elegant feel. Codes have changed, men's style, even rappers', have evolved and adapted to our metro-sexual society in their own way. I just love the idea of a look that mixes a blazer-vest combo with a low-crutch and ethnic jewelry, or a precious coat to a camo chain and US flag pants. Those looks are the sum of Madison Ave., Brooklyn and Kinshasa. Urban, Ethnic and Dapper. With the black & white cachet to highlight the graphics of it all."

Fashion Editorial Prêt-À-Poundo The Real Live Show Malik Work Frank Debourge Denim Blazer and Vest, Okayplayer The Roots Studio Tee, Dominique Wilkins Pants, Fennimas Necklaces, Alexander McQueen sneakers for Puma

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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