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Hassan Hajjaj's Moroccan Biker Barbie Dolls

Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj reinterprets his previous 'Kesh Angels' with photographs featuring biker barbie dolls for a twist.

We've previously featured Hassan Hajjaj for his Kesh Angels project and collaboration with Amine Bendriouich, which play off contrasts between the multiple cultures the Moroccan-born/London-based artist is surrounded by. Hajjaj's recent work follows up on his Kesh Angels series, a tribute to the biker culture of young women in Morocco peppered with elements of Western consumerism. This time around, the pictures feature Barbie dolls wearing traditional outfits and high-end labels like Louis Vuitton. The underlining message in question is clear: what's the impact of Western culture in Africa with the thousands of mainstream Western brands settling and promoting their products across the continent? What's the effect when international labels don't give any interest to national culture and won't even bother to adapt their commercials to the country they're targeting? What happens when the youth lose interest in their national and traditional culture, opting instead for these global brands? We'd love to hear your opinion. If you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #hassanhajjaj.


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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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