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Senegalese Designer Selly Raby Kane's 'Alien Cartoon'

This is about fashion designer Selly Raby Kane and her Fall/Winter 14 Collection — "Alien Cartoon".

We've been following Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane since her first capsule collection. A great example of the new generation of hip designers, she reinvents herself and brings a new wave of trends with every season. Working in sphere where fashion and art collide, Kane excels in creating original designs and fusing pop art, fashion and garment combinations. This Alien Cartoon collection displays eccentricity and resolute contemporary lines, while still remaining true to the original design that made it a success. The lookbook was perfectly conceptualized and photographed by Omar Victor Diop. (some photographs by Jean-Baptiste Joire). In our dreams SRK would be workshopping with the likes of Jean-Paul Gaultier and Andy Warhol. For now, Kane delivers something new in what's definitely one of our favorite F/W 14 collections. Scroll through our gallery above. If you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #sellyrabykane.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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