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Lalesso Unveils Resort Collection 2015

Cape Town Fashion Week 2015 unveils first Lalesso Resort Collection

Lalesso recently showcased their first ever resort collection Sultan's Parade at Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015. The exclusively summer label, which was recently nominated for this year's Kenya Fashion Awards as Established Designer of the Year, describes itself as a luxury fashion & lifestyle brand that "supports transparent, sustainable, eco and ethical fashion." Inspired by the East African khanga cloth of Kenya, co-founders Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway launched Lalesso in Cape Town in 2007 by releasing 100 of their trademark Lalesso skirts. Now having expanded into a resort collection, Lalesso unveils more of Kenya's vibrant prints and patterns in easy, free-flowing silhouettes. From kaftan dresses and rompers to two-piece beach-ready ensembles, looks from the Lalesso resort collection retain an elevated sophistication even when paired with summer's most comfortable outdoor footwear. Take a look for yourselves in the above gallery, featuring South African model Aluad Deng Anei in Lalesso.
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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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