Entries from February 2012

Fashizblack in Print

February 28, 2012

From France’s number 1 online magazine, now on stands in Paris. Fashizblack is in a new element!

Fashizblack started off three years ago as an online independent magazine 3 years ago and became the #1 online fashion magazine in France. Presenting African fashion insights, beauty tips, trends, cultural reviews, the latest news, Fashizblack deal with everything close to fashion through their global and multicultural vision.

Timomatic Setting it Off

February 26, 2012

So Nigerian-Australian dancer and singer Tim ‘Timomatic‘ Omaji did not go on to win the talent show ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ but like the best of them, he managed to get signed regardless. To be honest I was not originally a fan of Timomatic. I thought he was a great dancer but musically, he didn’t quite do it for me. Every night Australia’s Got Talent was on TV I would argue with his biggest fans about him: my dad and youngest sister.

Of course when his debut single came out my Dad and sister were raving about it but I didn’t even bother to check it out.

A few weeks ago I started hearing a song on the radio and just thought it was another American artist until one day I heard in the intro ‘Timomatic‘. I was honestly blown away. I’ve had a few bites of the humble pie ever since.

Check out Timomatic‘s debut single ‘Set it Off’.

Babatunde

February 24, 2012

I just saw some gorgeous Ankara print umbrella’s on a friend’s facebook page, and was immediately reminded of Gillean. Years ago, whilst still in high school she had an idea to make Ankara print umbrellas. She even planned to go to China and get them manufactured for her final design project. Alas the only thing in her way was the fact that she was a broke 17 year old.

One of the things I love about these umbrellas is that they are designed by South African Gareth Cowden. I like the fact that Burberry Prorsum and the likes are making “African print” more mainstream, but there always seems to be more behind the print when the designer is home grown.

For Gareth Cowden the label Babatunde, which means “the father returns” in Yoruba,  provides a platform for social comment and change. By choosing the name Babatunde, he expresses a desire for more African men “to take responsibility of their families, Africa’s growth and for themselves.”

SOURCE: AFRICA FASHION GUIDE, BABATUNDE STYLES & BABATUNDE FACEBOOK

Camp Mulla

February 23, 2012

Camp Mulla is a Kenyan musical quarto composed of rappers Taio Tripper and Young Kass, producer / MC K’Cous, & Miss.Karun, the first lady as the lead vocalist. This group is like a young and African hippier version of Black Eyed Peas! They are young, fresh, upbeat and I am loving their sound and vibe.

With more than 20, 000 fans on Facebook and even more on Twitter, this group is taking Kenya and East Africa by storm!

I really hope their sound infects the whole of Africa! I am already infected by Camp Mulla.

SOURCE: CAMP MULLA

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