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OKA x Unknown Union Collaboration Tees!

Cape Town boutique retailer Unknown Union teamed up with Okayafrica to release a series of graphic tees inspired by real and symbolic diaspora figures.


We've teamed up with Cape Town boutique retailer Unknown Union to release a series of graphic tees inspired by real and symbolic diaspora figures. The designs include the cross-cultural clash of Punk Fela (worn by Roots guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas below), the hues of metal oxidation in Copper Man (modeled by Shay below), and the electric Shaman Lion. The full collection is available at the Okayafrica Store now!

>>>See the entire OKA x Unknown Union collection

"With such a wealth of inspiration provided by the uplifting and dynamic spirit of Africa, alongside both the genius of ?uestlove and the amazing life of Fela Kuti, Unknown Union's collaboration with Okayafrica was a true honor to undertake and a pleasure to design and produce.” - said Daniel Jackson, Unknown Union lead designer, formerly of Surface To Air and BBlessing.

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Interview: Adekunle Gold Channels Refreshing Truths Into Afropop

Adekunle Gold achieves an artistic freedom that most mainstream artists don't have through a smooth balance of introspection and club bangers.

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths.

Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity of renewal.

Adekunle Gold is one of a handful in his profession who draws on a spectrum of experiences to make honest music which is consistent with the self-revelations of a growing man. This has become his biggest strength, allowing him to craft contemplative songs like "Sade" and "Oreke" and still create afropop magic like "Something Different"

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