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African nations may never have claimed a victory at a World Cup, but football is a symbol of great pride on the continent. This month Puma announced the new kits for ten of Africa's promising teams as they approach the Africa Cup of Nations. The kits were on display at London Design Museum during the Nov. 7 launch of the exhibit — the 10 artists Puma selected from their Creative African Network as well as a player from each team were present.

Each artist was asked to incorporate national heritage and team symbolism into the new designs. Algerian visual artist Zineb Sedira incorporated Islamic-inspired geometric shapes that can be found on the team's kit. Samba Fall from Senegal chose to feature the baobab tree on the front of his jersey, explaining: "It is like seeing the good memories of all the people of Senegal accompanying their football team to international competitions." The vast majority of the kits' designs feature animals, like Gabon's panther, Cameroon's lion, Burkina Faso's stallions, and Ivory Coast's elephant.

The new kits and sketches showing each artist's creative process were on display in the exhibition. Ghana, whose loss in the quarter final of the 2010 World Cup (only the third African team to make it that far) is fresh in many minds, will be sporting a new jersey with stars on it. Artist Godfried Donker explains the national team's kit shows "Raining Black Stars." We like the optimistic wordplay. The Africa Cup of Nations will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in January 2012.

Photos by Claire McGregor.

 

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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