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2Bop, Boaston Society, Damascvs & More Feature In SBTV's 2-Part Mini-Doc In Johannesburg & Cape Town

SBTV's mini-doc in South Africa features Johannesburg and Cape Town creatives like 2Bop, Boaston Society, Missshape, Damascvs and more.


London-based urban lifestyle video network SBTV (SmokeyBarz) recently linked with Connect/ZA on a 2-part mini-documentary on creatives in South Africa. In the first installment of Road to South Africa we're introduced to Johannesburg key players in fashion and music like Soweto's DJ LoveSlave, Thesis Lifestyle label founder Wireless G, and Missshape's Jamal Nxedlana. The second part is a fifteen-minute glimpse of Cape Town set to music by Damascvs, and features video game apparelmaker 2Bop and lifestyle stores S.A.M. (South African Market), Issa Leo and Boaston Society, Creative Nestlings, and Inzync poet Adrian Van Wyk. Watch SBTV's 2-part Road To South Africa below.

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Inside South African Menswear Week Day 4

The boldest looks from inside and outside of South African Menswear Week SS16/17 shot by Botswana-based photographer Uyapo Ketogetswe.

South African Menswear Week SS16/17 came to a close over the weekend. All week we've been highlighting the boldest looks from inside and outside of Cape Town Stadium shot by Botswana-based photographer Uyapo Ketogetswe. Today we present the styles of day 4.

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Inside South African Menswear Week Day 3

Botswana-based photographer Uyapo Ketogetswe brings us the freshest looks from South African Menswear Week SS16/17 day 3.

South African Menswear Week SS16/17 is underway in Cape Town. We’ve teamed up with Botswana-based photographer Uyapo Ketogetswe to bring you the freshest looks each day from inside and outside of Cape Town Stadium.

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In Conversation with Daniel Kaluuya and Melina Matsoukas: 'This isn't a Black Bonnie and Clyde film—our stories are singular, they're ours.'

'Queen and Slim' lands in South Africa.

Melina Matsoukas and Daniel Kaluuya are everything their surroundings at the opulent Saxon Hotel are not—down-to-earth and even comedic at times. Despite the harsh lights and cameras constantly in their faces, they joke around and make the space inviting. They're also eager to know and pronounce the names of everyone they meet correctly. "It's Rufaro with an 'R'? Is that how you say it?" Kaluuya asks me as he shakes my hand.

Matsoukas, a two-time Grammy award winning director and Kaluuya, an A-list actor who's starred in massive titles including Black Panther and Get Out, have every reason to be boastful about their achievements and yet instead, they're relatable.

The duo is in South Africa to promote their recent film Queen Slim which is hitting theaters today and follows the eventful lives of a Black couple on the run after killing a police officer. It's a film steeped in complexity and layered themes to do with racism, police brutality and of course Black love.

We caught up with both of them to talk about just what it took from each of them to bring the powerful story to the big screen.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Installation view of Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara © The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2020, photography by Anna-Marie Kellen.

The Met's New Exhibition Celebrates the Rich Artistic History of the Sahel Region

'Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara' is an enxtensive look into the artistic past of the West African region.

West Africa's Sahel region has a long and rich history of artistic expression. In fact, pieces from the area, which spans present-day Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, date all the way back to the first millennium. Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, a new exhibition showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, dives into this history to share an expansive introduction to those who might be unfamiliar with the Sahel's artistic traditions.

"The Western Sahel has always been a part of the history of African art that has been especially rich, and one of the things that I wanted to do with this exhibition, that hasn't done before, is show one of the works of visual art...and present them within the framework of the great states that historians have written about that developed in this region," curator Alisa LaGamma tells Okayafrica. She worked with an extensive team of researchers and curators from across the globe, including Yaëlle Biro, to bring the collection of over 200 pieces to one of New York City's most prestigious art institutions.

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