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LargeUp News: Walshy Fire & PBS Want Your Senegalese Riddims

Create a riddim beat using the Senegalese Kora for a chance to win a free SoundCloud Pro Unlimited Account and a placement on a Mad Decent EP.


For all you Reason heads, Logic Pro’s & Ableton aficionados out there, a MAJOR opportunity has arisen. Major Lazer frontman Walshy Fire has called ya’ll out in hopes of hearing the hottest innovative sounds from producers all over the globe. PBS’ online series Beat Making Lab teamed up w/ the hit maker to issue a #SenegalChallenge, asking any and all creators to flip a kora sample of their choosing and turn it into a dope riddim beat. The winner will receive a SoundCloud Pro Unlimited Account, a meeting w/ Walshy Fire, and a placement on a Mad Decent EP amongst other things. Wanna know more? Peep the contest rules and check out what the homies at LargeUp had to say down below.

Why dancehall made with a kora? Senegal is the latest Beat Making Lab (which brings mini, portable studios to urban centers around the world to train youth in the art of beatmaking) site, and some ladies there already made a pretty cool riddim using a sample of a kora. Now, Beat Making Lab, Soundcloud and Mad Decent want beatmakers from around the world to try their hand at the same thing, with the best tracks to be featured on an upcoming EP from the Mal Dicen, Latino Resiste and ARTVSM labels. (Previous contests/releases include a set of trap beats all made from a Panamanian accordion sample.) And that’s where A&R in-charge Walshy comes in.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

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