Photos

Vintage Nigerian Hairstyles Photographed By J.D. Okhai Ojeikere

Photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere documented 1000 Nigerian hairstyles, including braids, cornrows, gele and more, to create "Hairstyles."

A hairstyle structures a person's face, look, and reflects personality. There are so many ways to style hair that it's hard to just pick one; whether it be  braids, cornrows, or plaits, all styles can become an incredible work of art. The 'art' of the hairstyle has been developed over centuries and many African hairstyles — geometric, graphic, or edgy —  are as precise as any piece of visual art. Considered part of the hairstyle, the headwrap — commonly called 'gele' in Nigeria —can also be used as a major fashion statement. In 1968, photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere started documenting Nigerian hairstyles and developed a collection of  1,000 portraits, simply titled Hairstyles. The pictures depict the real African woman, without any pretension and with captivating and spectacular beauty.  You can currently view Ojeikere's vintage Hairstyles series at the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia until November 24, 2013.


 

Music

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'.