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A New Web Series Follows Rwandan Fashion Designer Matthew Rugamba & His 'House Of Tayo'

The Africa Channel's new web series follows Rwandan fashion designer Matthew Rugamba and his House Of Tayo menswear label.


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House Of Tayo: Journey Of A Rwandan Designer is a forthcoming reality web series presented by The Africa Channel that offers a behind-the-scenes look into the daily routine of rising fashion designer and entrepreneur Matthew Rugamba. Viewers will be introduced to Rugamba and his bespoke menswear label, House Of Tayo, over the course of thirteen episodes as he scouts the streets of Kigali in search of fabric and inspiration for his new line of accessories.

The most recent collection from Rugamba's label features a vibrant range of skinny neckties and bowties the twenty-five year old designer says are equally inspired by the Motown era, traditional British tailoring and the dapper style of Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba. "In my studies I read about Pan-Africanism,” Rugamba said in a recent interview.  “And I read about Patrice Lumumba, and [he] always wore bow ties. I’ve always liked bow ties. I just felt they are a symbol of dignity. You think about important dinners, black tie affairs, professors. It’s a small piece of clothing, but there is a lot attached to it."

House of Tayo is set to premiere July 31st on The Africa Channel website with new episodes every Friday and Sunday. Watch a short preview trailer for the forthcoming series below. Keep up with the House Of Tayo  on Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.

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What to Watch at Home During Coronavirus Shutdown: ARRAY's New Digital African Film Series

The film platform, from director Ava DuVernay, is hosting a weekly movie-viewing experience for the "global online community of cinephiles."

If you're looking for African films to dive into while at home during the coronavirus outbreak, a new digital series from award-winning director Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY is a great place to start. The multi-media platform and arts collective is launching its #ARRAYMatinee series, and each film will be available for viewing here.

#ARRAYMatinee is a virtual movie-viewing experience that will screen a string of the collective's previously released independent films from Africa and the diaspora. The weekly series begins on Wednesday, April 1 with a viewing of the 2015 South African coming-of-age film Ayanda. "Viewers will take a cinematic journey to the international destinations and cultures featured in five films that were released via the ARRAY Releasing independent film distribution collective that amplifies that work of emerging filmmakers of color and women of all kinds," says the platform in a press release. To promote a communal viewing experience, viewers are also encouraged to have discussions on Twitter, using the hashtag #ARRAYMatinee.

The five-part series will run weekly until May 13, and also includes films from Liberia, Ghana, and Grenada. See the full viewing schedule below with descriptions from ARRAY, and visit ARRAY's site at the allotted times to watch.

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The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

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South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

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