Style

Nigerian Label Tzar's Black & White Menswear

Nigerian label Tzar released their A/ W 14 collection 'Triumvirate of Vagrants,' designed by Ian Audifferen.

Nigerian label Tzar unveils their A/W 14 collection Triumvirate of Vagrants. The brand explains that their latest work is "birthed from a story of the lives of three misunderstood vagrants on a never-ending journey into an abyss of complacency. Black and off white are the defining hues. Off white wool with herringbone stripes tell of a continuous wandering habit superimposed with unpretentious sheer voil. Black matted wool opens a dark cauldron of unsurety juxtaposed with organza. Each metal ring represents a triumvir of quirk, foible and vigor." You can really see the detail and work put into each of the pieces. Tzar's founder and designer Ian Audifferen knows how to create unique menswear garments that are bold and wearable. Scroll through our gallery above to view the photographs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #tzar.

Interview

Interview: Omah Lay Is Nigeria's New Young Act to W​atch

We sit down with the rising Port Harcourt-born musician to talk about his latest EP, Get Layd.

Omah Lay's music is at once introspective and hedonistic, matched with the vibrancy of alt-pop production, sometimes crafted by the artist himself. The Nigerian act, who released his debut EP, Get Layd, earlier this year has been described as wielding the "lyricism of Burna Boy and the melodies of Wizkid."

Omah Lay's grandfather played in Celestine Ukwu's highlife band; his father played the drums too. Being put through his paces in Nigeria's South region—specifically Port Harcourt—supplies the grit to Omah's velvety singing. The starkness of the world he inhabits is a wonder and his lyrics are too. Phrases like "You dun burst my eyeglass" and "Omo she be SARS and she carry full van" are a cultural stamp, a burst out of the ordinary for listeners, many of whom now declare Omah Lay as "special."

Following the validating reception of singles "You" and "Bad Influence," Omah Lay shared the Get Layd EP on May 22. Including just three new songs might have posed a gamble and not defined his sound well enough, but the musician shattered those judgements. Omah Lay is a gifted artist and has the uncanny ability to exist in his space, even when circling around the afro-fusion tag that has seen a recent rise in adaptability.

Below, Omah Lay speaks to OkayAfrica about his Get Layd EP, coming to Lagos, and more.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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