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Senegalese Designer Selly Raby Kane's Timeless Looks & Futuristic Sounds From Dakar

Selly Raby Kane releases Spring/Summer 2016 collection "A Day with Miss N'Diaye" and a soundtrack with Senegalese hip-hop artist Ibaaku.

Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane recently unveiled the Spring/Summer 2016 collection for her eponymous brand, as well as a soundtrack for her pop-art-infused Alien Cartoon collection.


Founded in 2008, the Dakar-based fashion label combines art and fashion to create innovative, yet elegant pieces. The newest collection, A Day with Miss N’Diaye, is a timeless combination of colorful innocence and structured androgyny. Check out the story behind the looks:

“...the Selly Raby Kane girl becomes a pilgrim in her grandmother’s house. She steals a pair of filigree Ngalam earrings, embellishes her collar, digs deep into the old Dakar, its Romanticism, it’s effortless style, its economical optimism, and the mythical elegance of the Senegalese woman. From tropical prints to fluid dresses, ‘A day with Miss N'diaye’ reveals stories that are still hidden in the houses of our timeless divas and blurs the line between past future and present.”

The new Alien Cartoon soundtrack is a collaboration with Senegalese hip-hop mainstay Ibaaku. He mixes sounds of swarming insects and cartoon sound effects with triumphant synths. The result is complex, futuristic and earthy. Selly Raby Kane imagines that the explosive Alien Cartoon cosmos look and sound like a future Dakar.

For more, head to SRK's official website. Keep up with the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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