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++++++++++++++++++++++Next Episode September 2021++++++++++++++. The Fashion Africa Now Podcast ignites interesting conversations with designers, creatives, historians, researchers, fashion players and industry experts on what fashion in Africa is today, systematically digging into its past and more importantly, shaping its future. The fusion of rich and diverse sub-nations, cultures, ideas and talents from the African continent, and by extension the African diaspora has produced irresistible trend-setting fashion, styles, aesthetics, sounds and a way of life globally. Yet in the shadows of this allure the conflict between slow fashion, sustainability in Africa and fast fashion is a conversation to be encouraged. The Fashion Africa Now podcast is brought to you by Future Fashion and produced by APYA Productions with financial support from the Ministry of State of Baden-Wurttemberg via the Baden-Wurttemberg Foundation for Development Cooperation (SEZ). The episodes were created in association with Social Urban Nature. Fashion Africa Now podcast has the permission to use the music and the sounds created by Blackstereo music. Please send inquiries and questions to: podcast@fashionafricanow.com

FASHION | AFRICA | NOW with Beatrace Angut Oola

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++++++++++++++++++++++Next Episode September 2021++++++++++++++. The Fashion Africa Now Podcast ignites interesting conversations with designers, creatives, historians, researchers, fashion players and industry experts on what fashion in Africa is today, systematically digging into its past and more importantly, shaping its future. The fusion of rich and diverse sub-nations, cultures, ideas and talents from the African continent, and by extension the African diaspora has produced irresistible trend-setting fashion, styles, aesthetics, sounds and a way of life globally. Yet in the shadows of this allure the conflict between slow fashion, sustainability in Africa and fast fashion is a conversation to be encouraged. The Fashion Africa Now podcast is brought to you by Future Fashion and produced by APYA Productions with financial support from the Ministry of State of Baden-Wurttemberg via the Baden-Wurttemberg Foundation for Development Cooperation (SEZ). The episodes were created in association with Social Urban Nature. Fashion Africa Now podcast has the permission to use the music and the sounds created by Blackstereo music. Please send inquiries and questions to: podcast@fashionafricanow.com

    Picture And Reconstruct Me Different: Delphine Diallo

    Picture And Reconstruct Me Different: Delphine Diallo

    Enjoy the flow that Senegalese-born New York-based international known photographer, Delphine Diallo, releases as she liberally shares her journey of enlightenment; working as a talented graphic designer in the Parisian creative scene yet not able to get past the glass ceiling in the corporate art world. A climactic epiphany for change and a divinely orchestrated connection with the legendary Peter Beard saw her to collaborate on the Pirelli calendar shoot in Botswana. This turning point led to an awakening that saw her begin her own vision quest. Delphine describes herself as predominantly a student before a photographer, exploring realms of spirituality, science, anthropology and martial arts and shifting through the third, fourth, fifth and sixth dimensions, creating her own realities. Proud of her African origin and drawing from the power of her heritage, we hear how she engages with the energies of empowering black females and aims to accelerate levels of consciousness through her work. Known for portraiture and her focus on the black female body, Delphine is passionate about the reconstruction of the African woman and capturing the truth that is covered by the patriarchal white male gaze smokescreen that dominates the global visual language.



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    Trade With Africa: Skander Negasi

    Trade With Africa: Skander Negasi

    Skander Negasi, CEO of Trade and Fairs GmbH, introduces us to the developing fashion and textile hub in East Africa. With manufacturing costs increasing in Europe and Asia, buyers are looking for new destinations. Following the successful launch of the Origin Africa trade show in 2012 in Ethiopia alongside US Aid, since then many international trade fairs, events & conferences within different industries, including textile, apparel and fashion have been organised. He is responsible for the biggest exhibition of this nature in Africa, the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW) in Addis Ababa. The ASFW hosts over 4000 exhibitors and 6000 trade buyers. This includes H&M, Hugo Boss, Mango, Zara and more; and of course smaller local boutique designers and craftsmen are included, as well as huge industrial factory equipment. The main trends Skander highlights are the digitalisation of goods, sustainable production of fabric, and the practice of African Continental Free Trade (Africans doing business with Africans). For many African designers keen to expand their retail horizons, we encourage listening to Skander’s global insights from a business and trade perspective, “Without investment you don’t get anything…this is the homework for African designers… to promote their brand and work with shops… if they always depend on supporters, then it’s going to be very very tough.”


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    The Power Of Technology And Its Digital Spaces: Seju Alero Mike

    The Power Of Technology And Its Digital Spaces: Seju Alero Mike

    For our 19th Episode, we met with Seju Alero Mike, creative entrepreneur from Nigeria. She’s a hybrid of emerging talent of combined passion for the creative space and methodological expertise. In Seju’s case, it is rooted in finance. Seju is the founder and lead curator of OSENGWA; an online platform featuring contemporary African art, fashion and music conceived by artists at the forefront of today’s Neo-African movement. In 2016 OSENGWA & The Monroe Trust presented the Afro Frontal exhibition in celebration of the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. More recently in 2020 Seju launched iRAAMi, an app which helps Africans in the diaspora find resources and experiences that connect them with the continent and one another. “We are always buying things from the West… I think it’s important that we also export. Not just physical goods but creative capital and intellectual capital”. Despite the turbulence of 2020, particularly for Black lives globally with the eruption of BLM and EndSars, but also the restrictions that came with the pandemic, Seju used the opportunity as a catalyst and leverage to establish and grow her entrepreneurial plans by moving back to Lagos, Nigeria from the US. Her eCommerce acumen contributes to the expansion of digitalisation on the continent.
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    Young, Black And Reflecting Experiences: Soji Solarin

    Young, Black And Reflecting Experiences: Soji Solarin

    Soji Solarin is a Nigerian born contemporary fashion designer whose experience and perception on racism in Germany and world view offer a unique perspective on ‘Blackness’. Moving to America from Nigeria at the age of 13, he’s drawn inspiration from hidden figures such as the Black cowboys in America, which we later see reflected in Soji’s first collection “Negro Cowboys“. From Nigeria to Maryland, Los Angeles, lang haul to Berlin, where he’s now based, to Moscow where he debuted his Spring 2020 collection at MBFW - Soji has been able to identify and distinguish the disparities in how he’s been received as a Nigerian-born, but also more encompassing, as a Black person. “It’s very easy for white people to just like find their place and their identity… and Black people just have to search around.” The different nuances and racial climates has propelled his approach when designing his collections, to reflect the global malleability and pride of Blackness. “I would love to be part of why people see Black people in a better light.. and contribute something fruitful to the world”.


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    Shift African Aesthetics Into Design Spaces: Dr. Cornelia Lund

    Shift African Aesthetics Into Design Spaces: Dr. Cornelia Lund

    Meet the art, media and design theorist, curator and co-director of Fluctuating Images, a platform for media art and design, Dr. Cornelia Lund. Well-travelled and versed in the art and design world, Lund’s academic perspective and articulation substantiates and encourages validation of non-Eurocentric and Anglocentric theories and practices within the art and design framework. Lund’s intriguing analysis on recent contemporary African art trends explores music, art and design production; noticing the younger generation take up the notions of ‘post-coloniality’, reflecting African traditions, practices, techniques, and spirituality that may have been suppressed through colonialism, and combining this with a global sensibility. This has resulted in a “fresh aesthetic” and a strong global afro-centric move. Recently our host, Beatrace, has joined Lund as guest lecturer at the University of the Arts Bremen for the Deconstructing Colonialism course. Their collaborative work also goes further back to the design exhibition, Connecting Afro Futures: Fashion X Hair X Design at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. Lund describes this as a “revolution”, shifting African aesthetics into design spaces from ethnographical environments. 




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    Explore and Reconnect Fashion and Music: Ibaaku

    Explore and Reconnect Fashion and Music: Ibaaku

    Ibaaku joins us for our #16episode all the way from Senegal - sonic poet, visual artist, composer, radio presenter and platform founder. This multi talented artist shares with us extensive insight into the African music scene. In true Fashion Africa Now style, the topic of fashion and music is explored on the African scene; Ibaaku describes  fashion and music as “two expressions that go together. For me it’s a way to give body to the music, give body to the frequency… fashion and music are really intertwined”. Starting out as early as 2001, interesting observations are made from this well-versed musician. He touches on the gaps in the African music scene and the distinction of francophone musicians with historical constructs. Drawing inspiration from hip hop, jazz, afro music, funk and reggae at an earlier age, Ibaaku recounts his transition into the alternative music scene, away from mimicking other cultures and sounds and honing his own. In 2016 Ibaaku’s album, Alien Cartoon, pioneered the afrofuturism sound across Africa and the international stage. The goal is to keep the Senegalese culture alive, African culture and black people. In doing so he has collaborated with many Artists across the continent, recently pioneering a platform to connect alternative artists in Africa.


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