Video

You Need To Watch This Fabulous Video Highlighting a Century's Worth of Africa’s Hijab Styles

Travel through time with MuslimGirl's '100 Years of Hijab Fashion Part One' that touches down on the continent.

Taking a cue from Watchcut’s successful YouTube series, blog MuslimGirl  just dropped 100 Years of Hijab Fashion, focusing primarily on Africa.


Hijab—which Muslim women have traditionally worn to denote a sense of modesty, though its aesthetic has evolved as a trendy fashion accessory in recent years—owes its roots to Africa. However according to MuslimGirl, headwraps weren’t necessarily considered hijab on the continent because of anti-blackness spread through Arab conquest.

The one-minute showcase is full of attitude (the model flips off the camera at one point) and traverses countries Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Guinea, Mali as well as hijab styles such as Nigerian gele, Kenyan Kanga fabric, and Ghanaian duku. It takes a detour to the United States, highlighting hijab that black Muslims wore as the 1960s saw the Nation of Islam rise to prominence, before continuing to countries Cameroon, Tanzania, the Western Sahara, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Burkina Faso.

Travel through time and watch MuslimGirl’s video at the top, which captures the “most colorful Muslim population, not only in the color of their clothing, but in their skin.”

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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