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Prêt-À-Poundo: Yasiin Bey for Adrien Sauvage

Yasiin Bey showcases menswear by Adrien Sauvage from New Orleans to Houston, Texas.


Adrien Sauvage recently featured striking black and white portraits series of the renowned artist Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def). An English fashion designer, director and photographer of Akan descent, Sauvage attracted international attention with his short film This Is Not A Suit, released in 2011 and nominated for the official selection into the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He photographed hip-hop icon Yassin Bey with garments from his 2012 Autumn Winter Collection on the road from New Orleans to Houston, avoiding Hurricane Isaac. The shoot is all about showcasing the artist expressing himself while he is wearing a suit, with no directorial interference. Despite a strong personality from his model, Sauvage succeeded in keeping a loyal distance which doesn't deprive the spectator of his freedom of perception.

 

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Eli Fola Offers a 'Soundscape to Freedom' With New Performance Visuals

The multidisciplinary artist's latest release "Blackness Be Divine" gives listeners a glimpse into what the musician has to offer.

Nigerian born-Brooklyn based artist Eli Fola is back in our hearts and on our screens, with the latest music video release for his single "Blackness Be Divine" off of his EP, Soundscape to Freedom.

The DJ, saxophonist and producer's release comes from his own production and events label Tech Afrique.

The EP's opening track, "Blackness Be Divine" is, "like a letter of empowerment to all Black people across the diaspora to embrace their brilliance and to know that they are royalty living in this world," he says. "The project was inspired by events that took place this year during the middle of the pandemic with the rise of the black lives matter movement and protest across the country."

Although the EP is only six tracks long, it certainly packs a punch with its hypnotic rhythms, nostalgic house beats and graceful lyrics heard throughout the project. It truly is a unique musical adventure.

Eli Fola's self-proclaimed "Yoruba tech soul" elements are loud and clear in this brilliantly eclectic piece of music.

Watch Eli Fola's performance visuals for "Blackness Be Divine" below.

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