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NY-Liberian Designer Telfar Clemens' Modern Cowboy

Liberian designer Telfar Clemens showcased his New York Fashion Week presentation at the New Museum for Fall/Winter 14.

Earlier this month we made the trip to Manhattan's Lower East Side to attend Telfar's New York Fashion Week presentation at the New Museum. Every detail was taken care of, from the main entrance to the runway. Right behind the guest list checking table, we spotted a large figurine of New York-Liberian designer Telfar Clemens and next to it many pieces from the collection, more model figurines and bags with a massive 'T.' Inside you felt within Telfar's environment: trendy, fresh and definitely young. The place was packed as the shows took place upstairs twice that same day. The runway show depicted a reflection of a modern cowboy, a "fake" lazy hipster and a fashionista from the future. In our era, it's really hard to invent trends and reinvent yourself. But Telfar is part of these upcoming designers that are bringing something new to the fashion scene. The outfits looked comfy and featured heavy fringes, hoodies, knots, massive necklines, high boots, oversized jackets and coats. We don't know if you'd dare wear these pieces on a regular basis but we could envision these garments on a film or theatre set. The presentation truly showcased a full experience that leads to a real understanding of Telfar's universe. Scroll through our gallery to see the pictures from the runway show and the post-show. If you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #telfar and #newyorkfashionweek.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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