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Introducing 'Hand-Forged In Kenya,' A New Live Music Series In Nairobi

Get to know the incredible artists performing at the first edition of our Hand-Forged in Kenya series.

OkayAfrica, The Alchemist Bar, and Bateleur Brewery are excited to present Hand-Forged in Kenya, a new music series focused on showcasing rising talent in Kenya to fans both locally and globally.

The first edition of this series will be on Saturday April 6 at the Alchemist Bar in Nairobi from 6 pm till late.

RSVP to the event on Facebook here

The event will feature performances from Mankind, RU.BY and Fox Elijah, supported by Mix Master Lenny on the decks. It's curated by Nairobi-based contributor Camille Storm.

This is a FREE event, so come one, come all!


Check out more info on the artists below.

Mankind

MANKIND - TAKE AND GO (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) www.youtube.com

Mankind is a Kenyan alternative pop duo comprised of singer/songwriter MANE and vocalist/producer the Cloak who are known for their experimental sound. The group recently signed a deal with Pine Creek Records and Sony Music and they do not seem to be slowing down at all. "Take and Go," their newest single, is a funky and sonically-rich step forward for the Kenyan music scene.

RU.BY

RU.BY - Hey There EP - Short Film youtu.be

RU.BY is the self-proclaimed "sweet and spicy hummingbird" of Nairobi. She writes, sings, and raps her own music with a Jazz and R&B; flair. Her inspirations range from Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Ravyn Lanae and more. Let her enchant you with her soft and sultry vocals in her latest Hey There EP and its immersive short film that explores themes of love, vulnerability and divinity.

Fox Elijah

Fox Elijah X Kahvinya - Kenyafornication Official Music Video www.youtube.com

Fox Elijah is a Nairobi-based recording artist and music producer. Born to a Ghanaian missionary family, Fox Elijah has travelled across the world ranging from Los Angeles, Canada, and Georgia. His nomadic lifestyle translates directly into his music as he fuses multiple genres with ease.

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Photos by David Pattinson.

First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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