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Nigerian Menswear Label T.I Nathan Bespoke's 'Solace'

View "Solace," a new Nigerian menswear collection By T.I Nathan Bespoke for Spring/ Summer 14.

Nigerian menswear label T.I Nathan Bespoke by designer Temitayo Nathan Illesanmi recently released their Spring/Summer 14 collection. An emerging brand since 2013, Illesanmi and his label return with their minimalist but colorful menswear. "The Solace collection references the man who, though is resistant to fashion norms, is still very keen on his style sensibility. He is that man who has a penchant admiration for well polished tailoring, a man whose style aesthetic is well coordinated in effortlessly easy notes, that man who has found Solace in his minimally-simple interpretation of fashion," states the label. Illesanmi's purpose is to bridge a gap between high fashion & streetwear, and we can only salute the remarkable designs he's achieved. Scroll through our gallery to view the photographs from the lookbook, shot by Tope Horpload, and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #tinathanbespoke.


 

 

 

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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