Image from 'Coming 2 America' trailer.

Eddie Murphy wearing Maxhosa in a scene from 'Coming 2 America'.

South African Fashion Label Maxhosa Stands Out in Upcoming Movie 'Coming 2 America'

South African designer, Laduma Ngxokolo's Maxhosa knitwear has been spotlighted in the exciting upcoming film 'Coming 2 America'.

South African designer, Laduma Ngxokolo's internationally recognised knitwear label Maxhosa has been cast in the spotlight in the upcoming movie Coming 2 America. The Maxhosa designer recently shared on his Instagram that the famous American costume designer Ruth E. Carter had contacted him personally to work together on the costumes for the film. Ngxokolo announced the news shortly after the Coming 2 America trailer officially came out.

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Ngxokolo's signature designs are seen worn by lead actor Eddie Murphy and other cast members including South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha, who has clinched an acting role in the film, this according to KayaFM. Ngxokolo went on to reveal that he had been working with Carter since 2019. The proud South African designer even changed his location to Zamunda on his Instagram and wrote that history had been made by dressing stars he grew up watching and could only dream of meeting.

Maxhosa entered the South African fashion industry in 2012. In an OkayAfrica piece, Ngxokolo stated that the clothing line was inspired by his Xhosa culture and saw his heritage as an inheritance that he sought to immortalise through contemporary fashion. The high fashion knitwear soon caught the awareness of international fashion shows. Ngxokolo's designs were so popular that in 2018 the global fashion house ZARA, released a sock line that was similar to the Maxhosa's distinct sock designs. Ngxokolo subsequently laid a legal suit which called for the removal of the line from ZARA stores. The Xhosa inspired knitwear went on to be featured in IKEA's 2019 ÖVERALLT Collection with other African creatives.

Coming 2 America is the sequel to the hit 1988 movie Coming to America about a Prince from the fictional African land of Zamunda who travels to America to find a princess. The movie officially comes out on the 5th of March 2021 on Amazon Prime.

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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'

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