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From "Le Bon Voyage—Brooklyn." Photo by Tabi Bonney, courtesy of the artist.

Togolese Musician Tabi Bonney's Photo Exhibition Celebrating Ethiopian Ethnic Groups Is Coming to Okay Space

"Le Bon Voyage—Brooklyn" is a stunning portrait series that pays homage to the Suri people of Ethiopia.

You won't want to miss Okay Space's first show of the year.

Togolese musician Tabi Bonney and curator Erik Pettie present Le Bon Voyage—Brooklyn, a photo exhibition that celebrates Ethiopia's ethnic groups.


The project evolved from Bonney's 2018 travels to Ethiopia, where he initially was there to research farming practices in the country, as he has a coffee farm of his own in Togo. He was introduced to and inspired by the communities he came across and their beauty, traditional fashion and illuminating pride.

From "Le Bon Voyage—Brooklyn." Photo by Tabi Bonney, courtesy of the artist.

"It was not my intention to shoot," Bonney says in a press release. "Upon staying in the Omo Valley and meeting the people, I saw them as my African brothers and sisters. With it being my first time in East Africa, I realized how similar we all are. Whether it be Africans on the Continent or African Americans in the States, I saw familiar personalities, facial expressions, energy, etc. It made me realize that we are all are truly the same worldwide."

Bonney's photo subjects are people of the Suri (Surma) ethnic group. The semi-nomadic cattle herders live by the Omo River and are known for their body paint, scarification and lip discs—a sign of beauty and social status, especially for women.

From "Le Bon Voyage—Brooklyn." Photo by Tabi Bonney, courtesy of the artist.

They are considered to be a "disappearing tribe," as their culture and way of life may not survive another decade.

Bonney continues:

"I shot these portraits from a beauty and fashion aspect. I saw richness and ingenuity, whereas others may have seen something else. I saw that our people—no matter what circumstances,social status, or where we are in the world—have the ability to make the most out of even a little."

Le Bon Voyage—Brooklyn opens Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Okay Space with an opening reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. RSVP here.

The exhibition runs through February 18, 2019.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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