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Video: This Kenyan Fashion & Beauty Photographer Is Capturing Melanin In All Its Glory

Get familiar with the work of Kenyan fashion and beauty photographer, Thandiwe Muriu.

Do yourself a favor and get familiar with the striking and colorful work of Kenyan fashion and beauty photographer, Thandiwe Muriu.


Muriu's work is a breath of fresh air in the international beauty photography sphere. Her photos challenge the domination of Eurocentric beauty ideals, by unapologetically showcasing the blackness. The artist's work celebrates Kenyan stories, and glorifies melanin.

"I realized that I needed to start celebrating the beauty of my people, so more and more of my work has shifted towards only shooting dark skinned models and just celebrating the beauty of the African woman," says the artist.

"I'd love to become known as the woman who photographs dark skinned people best."

Watch the video below to learn more about the photographer, her journey, and her mission to create a space where African beauty is celebrated in the fashion and beauty scenes.

PERSPECTIVE - THANDIWE MURIU from African Speakers and Artists on Vimeo.

Music

11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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