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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 10 Style Guide and Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Video

Prêt-À-Poundo – by former Fela dancer – Poundo Gomis! Check out the Top 10 Style Guide shots an exclusive behind-the-scenes video, shot by Herman Jean-Noel (of Neglakay Productions) and edited by Rae Maxwell, in which you’ll discover the two first editorials featuring the entire team. Read More

Photo: Lovely letter from Beyonce to Michelle Williams

Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide – The Dapper Real Live Show

In this Style Guide, you’ll see gorgeous Rae Maxwell photographs of our models Stimulus and Malik Work, from New York band The Real Live Show, wearing The Roots Studio Tee and our Africa Cuts Tees from the stunning Okayplayer/Okayafrica tee-shirt collection. From Prêt-À-Poundo, who deliberately strays from mainstream fashion, you’ll discover creative and inventive designers who’ll make Al Malonga stylism remain unique and fresh. – See more at: http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/05/13/fashion-trends-okayplayer-tshirt-real-live-show-pret-a-poundo/#slide1

Video: Beyoncé Is A(n African) Grown Woman

Beyoncé recently released a Timbaland-produced full studio version of “Grown Woman.” While we suspected from the afrobeat percussion on the track and chanting courtesy of Ismael “Bonfils” Kouyaté of Guinea (currently on the Fela! tour), that the next reinvention of Beyoncé might have African soul; we now have visual confirmation of an “Africanization of Beyoncé” with this performance at the Chime For Change benefit concert to support women’s rights. Featured wearing a headwrap in the video’s psychedelic visuals is former Fela! dancer and founder/director of Art Saves Lives, Nicole De Weever. Watch Beyoncé’s tribute to Africa on her June 1st performance of “Grown Woman” http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/06/03/beyonce-african-grown-woman/

Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide — Rock Your Punk Fela Tee

Punk has always connected music and fashion. Though the punk aesthetic was first a state of mind, through designers like Vivienne Westwood it quickly became a popular fashion. The punk movement originated from the frustration and loss experienced by adolescents in the modern metropolises of New York and London. We remember it as a rejection of prettiness that borrowed strong, anti-establishment symbols from diverse sociopolitical movements and took youth culture by storm. Fela Kuti always called for youth and the general public to wake up and influence change in his native Nigeria. In this way, we compare the scope and magnitude of both Fela and punk to each other. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not the same kind of battle or the same kind of commitment — but both … Continue reading


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