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Quellyrue Designs' Tees & Sweatshirts

Quellyrue Designs' t-shirts and sweatshirts by New York City-based Racquel Dwomoh.

We recently came across the label Quellyrue Designs and fell in love with some of their garments. Created by New York city-based designer Racquel Dwomoh, the brand designs a wide range of tote bags, accessories, t-shirts, tank tops, jewelry, sweatshirts, and hair accessories, among other one of a kind pieces. What really caught our eye were Quellyrue Designs' tees and sweatshirts stamped with images of stylish African women. Dwomoh has demonstrated originality and determination in creating cool and affordable pieces. Scroll through our gallery above and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #quellyruedesigns.

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The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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