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Solange x William Okpo's 'Girls Of Blaze' Lookbook

Puma Creative Director Solange Knowles collaborated with label William Okpo to deliver a sneaker capsule collection and lookbook 'Girls of Blaze'.

We've previously talked about this collaboration between Puma creative director & artist Solange and the William Okpo sisters. Their 'Girls of Blaze's sneaker capsule collection dropped earlier this year to much acclaim and we thought you'd like to see its lookbook featuring all the difference sneaker designs. Photographed and directed by Alan Ferguson, the pictures have a great vintage feel that reminds us of old school aerobic pictures and, as a plus, all the models sport the now famous Solange afro style. Scroll through our gallery to view the photographs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #girlsofblaze.

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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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