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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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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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