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Inspired By An Accra Slum, Streetchief Blends Streetwear & Hair Art

Ghanaian designer Jesse Frimpong's Streetchief blends modern streetwear and traditional threaded hairstyles in the label's latest collection

Images courtesy of STRETCHIEF


In 2013, Ghanaian fashion designer Jesse Frimpong launched the streetwear brand STREETCHIEF to bridge a specific disconnect he noticed within himself and among his peers.

"The brand is a reflection of many African youth in the diaspora who are [torn] between traditional principles of the African culture and the hip hop influenced urban culture of Western world," the Canadian-based designer told Okayafrica via email.

The most recent STREETCHIEF collection pays homage to Nima, an Accra slum where Frimpong spent most of his childhood years. In the Nima Girls lookbook, photographed by William Ukoh, each colorful item is brought to life thanks to model Jessica Bentu's effervescence and Philippa Frimpong's fresh hairstyling talents. The traditional threaded hairstyle worn by Bentu—and famously photographed by J.D. Okhai Ojeikereperfectly reflects the duality that Frimpong is aiming for with his brand.

"As the mission also implies, STREETCHIEF is definitely dedicated to a certain demographic usually ignored in fashion, music and art, even though they offer artists so much inspiration," said Frimpong.

To shop the 'Nima Girls' collection and to learn more about the brand, visit STREETCHIEF's website and Instagram page.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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