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Loza Maléombho's Most Feminine Collection Yet Draws Inspiration From Côte d'Ivoire's Legendary Zaouli Dance

The latest collection from Loza Maléombho explores the culture of Zaouli dancers from the Guro tribe of northern Côte d’Ivoire.

Inspired by traditional masks from the northern region of Côte d'Ivoire, Loza Maléombho's latest collection, Zaouli, comprises a lively burst of bold and highly structured designs.


Each piece reflects the eclectic, multicultural touch that the brand's namesake designer Loza has become know for, from her use of natural burlap to cotton Batik and 100-percent woven Kente.

"Just like AW15 this collection explores the culture of Zaouli dancers from the Guro tribe of Northern Côte d’Ivoire," reads the collection press release. "With fringe trimmings and a mask figure peaking in a very stylized fashion within the structures of some of the garments, this collection is sensual in the sense that it is inspired by Djela Lou Zaouli, a Guro princess who was re-known for her desiring beauty and for dancing very graciously. The silhouettes are more feminine than they have ever been in past collections."

While Loza Maléombho was established in New York City, the Brazil-born, U.S.-raised designer moved the brand to Côte d'Ivoire in 2012. Her current mission is to redefine the label “Made in Africa” with a positive social and economic impact in the West African country.

Part of that includes empowering women with a small manufacturing workshop that produces the brand's collections and hires young women from unfavorable backgrounds. Loza Maléombho also works closely with local artisans on featured products such as Indigo dye fabric, jewelry, shoes and accessories.

"I am also building a brand which celebrates culture and tradition in modernity, but in a way that isn’t possible without a multi-perspective," Loza told Okayafrica in 2013. "I have lived in different environments and I adapted to different cultures, those experiences have defined who I am and manifest throughout the collections I create. I think there is a market of people who don’t identify to only one culture and who relate to that multi-culturalism."

For more information on the collection and to place an order, visit the Loza Maléombho website

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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