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Meet GLORIA, the Newcomer UK Artist Creating Future Black Music

The London-based artist blends future R&B, vogue house and the avant-garde with commentary on the dystopia of modern life.

Born and bred in the North West England, with roots in both Nigeria and Jamaica, GLORIA is a figure who personifies the diaspora experience.

The newcomer artist, who is part of GAIKA's The Spectacular Empire collective, is championing forward-thinking black art and music out of her base in London. GLORIA's output presents an arresting visual aesthetic that provides earnest social commentary on the dystopia of modern life through a blend of future R&B, vogue house and the avant-garde.

We spoke to GLORIA about the recent release of her 5-song Testify EP, her new remix from Ase Manual, Afrofuturism as a mindset, and much more. Read our interview below.

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First Look: Feast Your Eyes On Aremo's Sleek Debut Collection, 'OJUMO'

"Aremo is a brand designed for the man who defines his personality, knows who he is, what he wants and goes for it."

Ayobamidele Majekodunmi, better known as Josh Majek, is the Nigerian creative director and designer behind menswear label, Josh Amor and the new diffusion line, Aremo.

For over 4 years, he has headed his premium contemporary brand comprised of bespoke suits, pants, shirts, native attire and ready to wear. The brand has come a long way from its beginnings of Majekodunmi simply dawning clothes he designed for himself while he was studying chemical engineering at Covenant University. Today, his in-house tailors make clothing renown for its crisp and clean aesthetic.

Majekodunmi's approach, though diversified, boasts impeccable craftsmanship and thoughtfulness. There are great stories behind the garments not made for the sole purpose of being worn at the events his countrymen are so known for throwing and partaking in. His 2017 The Exhibition or Wet collection was designed with the intent of calling to mind museum-worthy suiting. His Yin Yang collection played with darkness and light. His Noir or Rain collection was made up of powerful, all black pieces meant to exude the duality in a man's personality.

This week, Majekodunmi embarked on a new adventure—launching a new brand. He had gained recognition for his remarkable efforts under Josh Amor and yearned to express more of his artistic side, while catering to the needs of what he calls, "the modern African man." Enter Aremo.

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