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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town S/S 14 [Day 2]

This is the second day recap of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Capetown Spring Summer 14.

Like a lit match, the second day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town sparked off with more beautiful bold pieces. The designers dazzled the audience with their Spring/Summer 14 collections, each more stunning than the last. A real feast for our eyes, Adriaan Kuiters, Habits, Rosenwerth, Cheryl Arthur, Ruald Rheeder, Kim Gush, Lara Klawikowski and Goat were the leaders of this second day.


The designers went out of their way to ensure the audience's satisfaction without compromising their creativity and limits. We must all remember that plain colors: white, black and flashy ones will be trendy for Spring/Summer 14. Get your accessorizes and jewelry ready for these plain and structural outfits. We loved Ruald Rheeder for the diversity in the entire collection, Habits for their flowing flowers & maxi dresses, Goat for their nice prints and Adriaan Kuiters for their plain colors and oversized sleeves. What is your favorite collection and why? Scroll through them all above.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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