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Still from Jabu Nadia Newman's short film 'The Dream That Refused Me'

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Jabu Nadia Newman Shares Visual Poem 'The Dream That Refused Me'

South African writer and director Jabu Nadia Newman has released an Afrofuturistic poetic film that reframes Black culture.

Jabu Nadia Newman has shared the short film The Dream That Refused Me which explores the current shifts taking place in South African Black culture. The Dream That Refused Me is a spoken word spectacle with visuals that intersect reality with the mythical space and cyberspace. The visual poem is but one chapter in a four episode series that dives deep into Black aesthetics, culture and ritual.


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The Dream That Refused Me is narrated through Siyabonga Jim's Xhosa poem UBIZO, this according to Between 10 and 5. Jim's sonorous voice rouses even those who are deep in sleep with his poem that calls out Black consciousness to the corrupted modern ways of living. The film's scenes seamlessly shift from the wilderness to the online space where social influencers dominate. The particular scene has been described by the director as an Afrofuturistic satire which takes a critical but comical look at the commodification of emerging trends in Black culture.

Newman's latest film is fine cinematography with a stellar cast and amazing costumes. The Dream That Refused Me keeps the integrity of African storytelling through spoken word and gives life to it with an Afrofuturistic lens. Newman shared her directoral approach with Girls In Film "I wanted to take something as ancient and intrinsically African as storytelling to create a modern and contemporary film".

Newman burst onto the filmmaking scene with the 2016 hit web series The Foxy Five, an intersectional show focusing on the lived realties of young Black women in Cape Town. The Dream That Refused Me was created in conjunction with the cultural platform Nowness as part of the No Direct Flight series which "explores the aesthetic of the African diaspora".

Watch The Dream That Refused Me below.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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