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South Africa's Best Dressed At STR CRD 2013 [OKATV]

Watch Okayafrica TV's recap video for STR CRD 2013 in Joburg, the premiere festival for South African fashion, music and streetwear.


We were on the ground alongside SA's most stylish for Jo'burg's STR.CRD, the continent's premiere urban youth culture festival. For a second year in a row, OKATV was present for the one weekend of the year that gathers South Africa's urban street culture tastemakers and international industry names for a good time of creative expression in the name of "Fashion, Music, Sneakers, Graffiti, Skate, Dance, Photography, [and] Culture." Watch the recap below featuring the many styles of STR.CRD and try spotting a who's who of culture gurus from CT royalty Crazy White Bitches, to noir-waver Petite Noir and veterans of travel Street Etiquette. For more from this year's STR.CRD catch up on our choice photos from Opening Night, the pop-up shop reveal, and Saturday's main event.

Videographer: Anthony Bila (The Expressionist)

Editors: Allison Swank and Anthony Bila

Photos: Anthony Bila

 

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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