11 January 2013

Kwaku Ananse | Ghanaian Mythology

Kwaku Ananse is a film based on a fable of creature who is a spider and man. Ananse, as many call him, is common in many Ghanaian myths and stories. Kwaku Ananse tells the story of Nyan Koronhwea, a young woman who attends her estranged father's funeral. Nyan's father had two separate lives with two wives and two families - one in Ghana and one in the United States. The film incorporates a reoccurring theme of duality, teaching that there are two sides to everything and everyone. Kwaku Ananse was recently selected for the Berlin International Film Festival and is up for the Golden Bear Prize for Best Short Film. 

Watch the trailer below:

For updates on the Kwaku Ananse film, visit the Facebook page.

A Lot Like You | Exploring Culture, Identity, and Gender

A Lot Like You is a film about a woman's search for her cultural identity. Born into a Tanzanian-Korean interracial family, Eliaichi Kimaro travels to Tanzania to learn about her father's culture. There she discovers stories of women who struggle in a society that oppresses them and is forced to face her own past as a victim of abuse.

Winner of 6 film festival awards, A Lot LikeYou is praised for its fresh, inspiring narration of a personal exploration of identity within a mixed-race background. The film covers postcolonial and immigrant stories as well as stories of culture and gender violence.

Watch the trailer below:

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9 January 2013

Art & Design | Bettr Nigeria 2013

Intrigued by the design of these created by Toby Emmanuel as part of "Bettr Nigeria 2013". They seem to have been created for the Better Nigeria Progressive Party which was deregistered in 2012.

8 January 2013

Chris Turner | LOVELife Is a Challenge

I love it when I find talented emerging musicians in the underground music scene. There is something natural and original about these musicians that I really enjoy. They are some of my best kept secrets. I recently discovered and have been replaying the music of Chris Turner who is currently on tour with Esperanza Spalding. Classically trained in music, Chris Turner combines streams of jazz, hip-hop, funk and soul in his music. He transitions in and out of falsetto with a smooth ease. His first single "Brainstormin" from his mixtape "LOVELife Is a Challenge" happens to be my favourite song from the album.

Listen to "Brainstormin" here:

For the complete album, visit Chris Turner's bandcamp here.

You're welcome! ^_^

True Grit | AMFW 2012 in Downtown Lagos

Photographer: John de Lima
Womenswear Stylist: Sabrina Henry
Menswear Stylist: KK Obi
Hair: Ranelle @ Johnnie Sapong
Make Up: Philip Ueberfellner
Casting: Kevin Robinson
Models: Jaunel McKenzie & Georgie Badiel, Roberta Narciso and Kimmie
Location: Lagos, Nigeria

7 January 2013

Travel Etiquette | Style Profile in Luanda, Angola

In the summer of 2012, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette visited Luanda for their Travel Etiquette series. Below are the photos, a video and description from the duo on their trip.

"Our Travel Etiquette series was started on the notion of “How do you live in your clothing/style?” rather than the clothing itself.  I’m quite ecstatic that our Travel Etiquette series ended up taking place on the continent of Africa, with so much to dispel and add on, it was a great opportunity to touch down in Angola. Being from Ghana, West Africa it was a very similar cultural experience but obviously a different language barrier. We saw, heard, smelled and felt familiar things in a distant place and that’s a big part of Travel Etiquette. We hope this is just the very beginning of an continuous awesome project series where we will travel the seven seas via the interwebs to bring you guys great culturally diverse content and hopefully you will have the opportunity can do the same."

Marketplace: "Believe it or not this footage was shot on our first day in Luanda. To start the trip on this note set the momentum for the rest of the trip. This market was not quite like everywhere else in Luanda. Being on the more rural side of things, it felt like a detached city buzzing with pride, culture and passion. At its core it was simply just a market where locals buy and sell everyday goods but it gave a feeling of so much more."

Barbershop: "Josh decided early on that inorder to really experience all that Luanda had to offer, he had to get a his haircut by a real, Angolan barber. It is easy say why barbers make up a big part of the culture they operate in. There is something about getting your hair cut in a foreign place that tells a story about so much more than the haircut. While only using a comb and a double sided razor, this barber was able to do a taper and shapeup with pristine precision."

For more on everything Street Etiquette, visit www.streetetiquette.com.

Sharleen Dziire For Elle South Africa January 2013

Sharleen Dziire For Elle South Africa January 2013
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