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Stromae’s Newest Looks From His Fashion Line MOSAERT Are A Must See

The Rwandan-Belgian popstar's new clothing designs from MOSAERT are turning heads.

Stromae and Coralie Barbier. Photo by Antoine Melis.


Stromae, the man behind the visually captivating, international hits, "Papaoutai” and “Tous Les Mêmes,” has made the cool clothes he rocks in his videos available for the masses.

Since the maestro took a hiatus from music, he’s been focusing on MOSAERT, a Belgian creative label that includes his unisex fashion line, made in collaboration with his wife and fashion designer, Coralie Barbier.

During a conversation with Vogue, Stromae mentions how Brazzaville’s Sapeurs impact his design approach:

I knew of the Sapeur community for a long time, and they’re an important influence for me. I was less confident than I expected when they found me a suit. My time with them made me realize that I can dress like a real man today. I was also so happy to learn how to do the Djatence. Djatence is when you show your clothes off in the street—it’s something between a dancing, showing off, and trying to get attention turned on you. It was a really cool experience with people who are more refined than I could imagine.

Now in it’s third season, these designs, available to purchase online, are reminiscent of African prints with the leisure of athletic wear and the coziness of velvet. Take a look at his collection, photographed by Antoine Melis, below.

Check out his video interview with Rolling Stone, where he talks more in depth on his endeavor with Barbier.

Photos courtesy of Mosaert.
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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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