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VELMA "ROSSA" MAKHANDIA

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Velma Makhandia is a Nairobi-based trendsetter who slays on social media, and holds a successful monthly event: Thrift Social.


The city's chic residents, including fashion bloggers, expats, native Nairobians and pop stars bond over music, culture and cool clothes. Velma Rossa, as she is referred to on social media, and her brother, Oliver Asike, first gained fame three years ago for 2ManySiblings, their super successful style blog. These days they are Kenya's premier fashion entrepreneurs whose sartorial flair features a mix of local and international vintage finds, and the global fashion community is taking note.

For the first time last year, Thrift Social took place in the U.K., with the launch of Fashion Cities Africa, a book by Hannah Pool that featured the brother-sister duo. The event took place in Brighton, to coincide with the exhibition based on the book, which celebrates contemporary fashion in four African cities: Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg.

To date, Makhandia has featured in U.S. Vogue, Vogue Italia, Elle South Africa and modeled for Karen Walker's eyewear. She also did an Ichyulu x 2ManySiblings collaboration. Velma is proof that you don't have to look like everyone else to be an “It" girl—her authenticity lies in finding inspiration in her hometown and challenging her peers to accept themselves even if everyone else may not get it yet.

-JO

Music

The WAV 2019: 10 Artists Shaping the Future of South African Music

Welcome to the new wave.

It's here! Today we are launching OkayAfrica's first annual "South African New WAV"—our annual round-up of the most exciting young SA music artists.

For Youth Month, we've picked the 10 singers/rappers/producers who we think will define the sound of SA for years to come.

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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