A Transatlantic Intelligence Bureau - celebrating the most important undercurrents of culture. Globetrotter profiles artists, producers, creators, designers, musicians and makers quietly creating work that deftly catalogs the emotions and states of our societies: changing the way we understand, experience and think about the world.
Jamil GS in Transit
Globetrotter caught up with Copenhagen-based photographer Jamil GS during his trip to New Delhi, India. At the time, his "American Royalty" exhibit just made its Asian debut at the inaugural HGStreet festival. The exhibition featured a selection of iconic photos of hip-hop legends—Jay-Z, Outkast, Mary J. Blige, Chuck D, Diddy and many more— that Jamil has taken throughout his decades-spanning career. Relive our interview where Jamil talked about connecting to a new audience in Asia through his photos, the influence of his music to his works and more.
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Globetrotter looks back at our conversation with the designer duo behind NorBlack NorWhite, an Indian fashion brand that recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary. On meeting the duo in their private studio in New Delhi, India a few years ago, Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumar talked to Kennedy Ashinze about their transition back to India from Toronto, being inspired by traditional Indian textile, running a woman-led business, and building NBNW into a platform for people of color and many more.
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Keziah Jones in Transit
One of our last face to face interviews pre-travel restrictions, was with critically acclaimed Nigerian international singer, songwriter, guitar virtuoso, and Globetrotter feature alum Keziah Jones.
For this episode of In Transit, we talked to the ‘Blu Funk’ originator and reminisced on his early busking days on the streets of Camden in London, his alter ego Captain Rugged, the FELA connection, and exciting things to come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Blackup Jakarta. An honest conversation on the state of black affairs.
Blackup Jakarta by Globetrotter lab.
On Saturday, June 27th, Globetrotter Lab hosted a virtual conversation on the global state of black affairs and assembled some brilliant minds to share their perspectives on current happenings regarding the black lives matter protests, its history, cultural context, and why it's important for Asians, especially Indonesians, to engage.⠀⠀
Despite Jakarta's proximity to the center of the Black Lives Matter movement that continues to reverberate around the world, Indonesians also resonate with the issue of colorism. Cities across the world continue to stand together in solidarity against global systematic racism ⠀⠀⠀
Kennedy Ashinze - @kennedyash_
Founder - Globetrotter Lab ⠀⠀
Arief Aziz⠀- @arief_aziz
Country Director - Change.org Indonesia ⠀⠀
Cofounder - TedxJakarta ⠀⠀
Barbara Allen - @ba1245
Emmy-award winning filmmaker / Producer⠀⠀
Hadi Ismanto - @hadiismanto__
Founder Manual Jakarta⠀⠀
Eric Williams - @i_know_eric
Entrepreneur / Community Leader⠀⠀
The Silver Room - Chicago ⠀⠀
Fmr Senior Manager ATAMERICA ⠀
Michael Jakarimilena - @michaeljakarimilena
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People & Spaces | Z Kitchen
In Globetrotter Originals’ “People & Spaces”, we go behind the doors of Z Kitchen in Lagos, Nigeria.
To know Z Kitchen is to know the human behind the restaurant: Executive chef and owner Ziad Beydoun. “This space is basically our personality fitted into a space,” he told Globetrotter. By “our,” Ziad was referring to himself and his wife, with whom he founded the restaurant together.
Originally from Lebanon, the couple made a life-changing decision to move to Africa in search of new opportunities. “It was the scariest move in my life,” Ziad said. “My wife and I put every single dime we had, and snatched a few dollars and cents from friends, and built this space from the ground up.”
They set their eyes on Lagos, a city with a “diverse market.” Ziad responds to the diversity with a similarly varied and evolving menu. He takes inspirations from different countries he and his wife have lived in, from Vietnam all the way to Spain.
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between the threads | gëto
Nigerian fashion brand GËTO is barely one-year old, but we can already predict a very bright future ahead for the label and its founder, Samantha Adebayo.
Since the day GËTO was launched, the word “quirky” has always been mentioned in the same breath as the brand’s name. Samantha’s designs are casual, colorful and expressive, so it’s no wonder if fashion enthusiasts in Nigeria, who are used to couture or high-end offerings, find GËTO fresh or, as they call it, quirky.
At its core, GËTO was born from Samantha’s longing for something relatable. “The idea of the brand is just to be yourself, feel free,” she explained. It also explains why GËTO’s pieces are made to be “breathable in this country” and, most importantly, body-inclusive.
It’s the same desire to connect that has inspired Samantha to stick with the name “GËTO”. Taken from the American hip-hop group Geto Boys, "GËTO” represents not only Samantha’s Ghetto Fabulous personal style, but also the late 1990s to early 2000s era in America, which played a big influence on Nigerians growing up. In “GËTO”, there’s a concept of linking people across different countries and cultures. “It reminded me of a quote by Method Man, and it’s ‘No matter where you from, there’s Ghettos all over the place,’” she said. “That’s the idea of the brand, it’s just bringing everyone together.”
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