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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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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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