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Senegalese Designer Selly Raby Kane Shares 'Dakar City Of Birds'

Senegalese clothing label Selly Raby Kane shares a fantastical Fall/Winter 2015 collection entitled 'Dakar city of birds.'

Photos: Jean-Baptiste Joire


Selly Raby is the imaginative designer behind Senegalese clothing label Selly Raby Kane. Founded in 2008, SRK is a fantastical confluence of art and fashion in Dakar. After conceiving the pop art-infused Alien Cartoon capsule collection last year, the brand returns this season with a whimsical fall/winter line entitled Dakar City Of Birds. According to a press release, "This winter, Selly Raby Kane imagines an eclectic wardrobe where birds and sea creatures, wool and basin, melt to create an androgynous, playful, colorful and world inspired wardrobe." The collection features a series of colorful kimonos embellished with classic quilted wax prints and sea shrimp, seahorse, fish and parrot designs. The accompanying sweaters are patched in a Senegalese bayefall style. See photos from Selly Raby Kane's Fall/Winter 2015 lookbook, Dakar City Of Birds, shot by Jean-Baptiste Joire, in the gallery above. For more, watch SRK discuss her Alien Cartoons in the Senegalese episode of Swedish production collective Stocktown's Afripedia series.

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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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