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Kenzo x Shabazz Palaces' Fashion Film Starring Eritrean Model Grace Mahary

Kenzo collaborate with Shabazz Palaces and director Khalil Joseph to deliver a fashion film presenting their S/ S 14 collection starring Grace Mahary.

Eritrean/Canadian model Grace Mahary was recently featured in Dawn In Luxor, the latest fashion film from French luxury house Kenzo's S/S 14 collection. Directed by Indian-American Khalil Joseph, the loose narrative takes viewers to an unusual world where the mystical, beautiful, weird and paradoxical brush against each other and blend perfectly. Joseph already proved his talent and creativity with previous music videos and short films that include Shabazz Palaces' Black Up and Flying Lotus' Until The Quiet Comes. He comes back strong with this last work, which Kenzo states "is about California as a nexus of experiences. The director conjures up an otherworldly Los Angeles, awash myths and visions: a man ordering fish in a Jamaican restaurant, the regal beauty of a woman overlooking the sea, a beautiful boy paying homage to a beautiful dolphin. This amalgamation of images, at once utterly real splendidly fantastical, is deployed through a loose narrative driven by pure emotion." As to the clothing, we'll let you be the judge of how Kenzo keeps constantly reinventing their brand. Check out Dawn In Luxor below and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #kenzo.


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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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