Our Folklore is a fashion, art, culture, and design podcast brought to you by The Folklore, a contemporary online concept store and wholesale showroom that curates Africa’s top luxury and emerging designer brands. Our Folklore is hosted by The Folklore Founder and CEO and accomplished arts and culture journalist, Amira Rasool.
Our Folklorefeatures interviews with top creative talents from around the globe. These inspiring innovators are making an impact across various categories and using their talents to deliver quality products and services.
From South Africa to Nigeria, the UK to the US, Ghana to Brazil, these editors, photographers, tech founders, and musicians all share the same passion, to recognize and support the creativity and talent brewing in Africa and the diaspora.
Designer Kanyinsola Onalaja on Reinterpreting Traditional African Craft for the Modern World
This week, Nigerian fashion designer Kanyinsola Onalaja joins Amira Rasool for a conversation about blending her culture and African design aesthetics with Western sensibilities, creating “wearable art” and the methodology behind her creativity.
How Painter Shaina McCoy Is Documenting Black History and Community Through Her Artwork
On this week’s episode, Amira Rasool is joined by painter and archivist Shaina McCoy to have a conversation about her creative process, how her family history inspires her work and the messages she’s communicating through her art.
Dreamville’s VP of Creative Services on Bringing the Visions of Hip-Hop Artists to Life
On this week’s episode, Amira Rasool is joined by Felton Brown, the vice president of creative services at Dreamville Records. They have a conversation about his journey from graphic design and advertising to the music industry, what it really means to be a creative director, communicating the vision of artists such as J. Cole and Ari Lennox, and what he finds most fulfilling about his role.
Nigerian Architect Tosin Oshinowo on Building a Modern African Landscape
This week, Amira Rasool is joined by architect and product designer, Tosin Oshinowo, the founder of Lagos-based architecture firm CM Design Atelier, and lifestyle brand Ilé Ilà. On this episode, Amira speaks to Tosin about African architecture, her minimalist design aesthetic and how her Yoruba culture influences her work.
The Founder Of Afrochella On Bringing The Diaspora To The African Continent
On this episode, Amira Rasool is joined by Abdul Karim Abdullah, the founder of the Afrobeats music festival, Afrochella. The festival began in Accra in 2017, and has grown to be an international stage for the amazing things that can be experienced in Ghana and other African countries, from music and art to food and fashion.
Amira speaks to Abdul about where the idea for Afrochella came from, how the Year of Return 2019 became a pivotal moment and what’s next for the festival in 2021.
CLAN Founders Teni, Aba And Tiwa Sagoe On Empowering Women Through Fashion
This week, we are joined by the founders of Nigerian luxury brand CLAN, Teni, Aba and Tiwa Sagoe, who grew up around fabrics, backstage at shows and traveling around the world thanks to their fashion designer mother. The Sagoe sisters talk to Amira about carving out their own lane in the industry, empowering women through statement designs and changing the narrative of African fashion.
T.A. New York
After listening to the episode with Telsha Anderson I am now going to plan a trip to NYC just to shop and blow a bag at T.A. New York. I am inspired. Thank you.
Love everything about it
Each guest provides so much great insight into their world. I love hearing their stories!
Hearing so many Black creatives in one place?? Amazing :) can’t wait for more episodes