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'Seeing Double' Tells A Street Style Story In Johannesburg

Rising Johannesburg-based photographer Nikki Zakkas tells a street style story in Joburg CBD with her 'Seeing Double' fashion editorial.

Nikki Zakkas is a rising Johannesburg-based photographer who recently caught our eye (via We-Are-Awesome) with her colorful street style editorial for South Africa's recently launched Unlabelled Magazine. The shoot stars Soweto-born fashion gurus (and sisters) Tumi and Itumeleng Nko in a series of photos in Joburg CBD. "My work is really about combing my two studied interests fashion and photography," she wrote Okayafrica. With her Seeing Double photos, Zakkas says she intends for the images to act as facilitators for expressing local urban identity. "I hope to tell an interesting and honest fashion story through my photographs," she told us. Below, Zakkas shares more on the story behind Seeing Double.


"I created these images for an up and coming online magazine www.unlabelledmagazine.com. The shoot illustrates how two different positions, or expressions can change the dynamic of a photograph when they are played against each other. The founder of the Unlabelled Magazine, Phendu Kuta, is looking to provide a platform through which to showcase local youth culture and so the creative direction of this shoot was to reflect style as it is seen on the streets of Johannesburg (in this instance colourful, sportswear inspired items, all locally designed, were sourced). Tumi and Itumeleng Nko were selected because they are representative of the neighbourhood societies and subcultures drawn on by the magazine for inspiration. The girls, who I found out about through internet hype around their personal style, are popular, particularly in Dobsonville (a township in greater Soweto) where they are from, for their unique and expressive way of dressing."

H/T We-Are-Awesome

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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