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Tony Allen On La Blogothèque's A Take Away Show

Watch an intimate 7-minute performance by afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen for La Blogotheque's Take Away Show.


Afrobeat co-creator & percussion pioneer Tony Allen recently got together with La Blogothèque to film A Take Away Show at Paris' Le Comptoir Général. The intimate video follows the legendary afrobeat drummer as he prepares his sticks and plays a number of impressive solo drum rhythms & patterns from a striking green house. Tony Allen is coming off releasing one of our favorite albums of 2014, Film of Life, which featured the likes of Damon Albarn and The Jazzbastards. The afrobeat legend is also included in the recent 30-track African All-Stars compilation. Watch the 7-minute Aelred Nils-directed performance clip and revisit our Okayafrica TV episode with Tony Allen below. Allen will be playing at Paris' Gaite Lyrique on April 11.

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Thebe Magugu's AW21 Collection 'Alchemy' Is An Exploration of African Spirituality

Magugu collaborated with Kristin-Lee Moolman to create a '70s-style B movie called Banyoloyi A Bosigo

South African fashion designer Thebe Magugu has released his AW21 collection, Alchemy, and it is beautiful. For his latest collection, the 2019 LVMP prize winner introduced a redefinition of his previous work, Counter Intelligent, featuring embroidered chiffon dresses, pink blazers and cinched waist belts.

For the new collection, Thebe Magugu collaborated with the photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman to create a 1970s-style B movie called Banyoloyi A Bosigo. The short film, which is written, directed and photographed by Moolman, shows the power play between two rival girl gangs named the "ultimate midnite angels" who speak Zulu and Setswana.

The short film begins at the river with an initiation rite, then the sending out of the initiated woman to become a spy. There's also a love affair between two women of rival tribes that warrants a capture. Each scene of the movie introduces the fits to the collection as well as exhibiting the fluidity of the outfits.

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