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Backstage At Kinshasa Fashion Week 2014

View our gallery of photos from DRC's Kinshasa Fashion Week 2014.

The second annual Kinshasa Fashion Week took place last week, July 18 - 20, at the DRC capital city's Shark Club. Collections from both local and international designers were showcased on the first two days, while the event's last day was designated to an expo open to the public. Kinshasa Fashion Week Coordinator Natalie Bono summarized the exhibition's intent, "We do it because we want to expose or give visibility to our Congolese artisans... and to allow an exchange of culture and knowledge." Aimed towards strengthening a platform that will inspire future young designers in the DRC, this year's KFW featured the works of students from the Institut Supérieur des Arts et Métiers (ISAM) who premiered their first collections. Take a look at Everyday Africa's Jana Asenbrennerová's KFW 2014 behind-the-scenes shots.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.