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MADONSELA

December 2020|Fashion|

With a really tough but progressive year, Prince and Warren Meko haven’t stopped to amaze us with their passionate drive towards their personal growth.  This year alone they’ve graced us with beautiful projects […]

ELEMENTS

December 2020|Fashion|

Off the slopes of Table Mountain we’ve seen it all. From the powerful rains to wind accelerated fires scorching the earth, we can’t deny that we live amongst forces more powerful than us. As […]

OUTLAWS

September 2020|Culture|

THE NOW, THE NEW, THE NEXT

What a strange year 2020 has turned out to be, right?

But “unprecedented” times really force you into evaluating what’s actually important and what’s actually just static. Here […]

AKJP

September 2020|Fashion|

As comfort in the expected suddenly ceased, the world was met with layer upon layer of a new and seemingly ever changing reality. They demanded order and we forged agility; […]

THROWAWAY TWENTY

August 2020|Fashion|

Throwaway Twenty is about making the best mistakes. It’s about being mischievous, gutsy + unapologetic on a road to rediscovery. It’s about taking the underdogs along on the journey + coming home reborn showing the […]

THEBE MAGUGU

August 2020|Fashion|

Sartorial Nostalgia | Thebe Magugu

nostalgia

/nɒˈstaldʒə/

Noun

A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.”

Determining a newness in the realm of  fashion is […]

ASHA : ELEVEN

July 2020|Fashion|

She’s in contemplation, tuning into her inner being.  She knows she is the creator of her inner garden,  her reality. She follows the path of least resistance,  3-6-9 makes all the sense to […]

MASAMARA

July 2020|Fashion|

Migration plays such a big role in the world today that I found it very easy to call my collection “Migration is Beautiful  #destroyallborders.”  My collection mirrors the fact that migration is not a […]

SANELE JUNIOR XABA

April 2020|Beauty|

Self Expression through Play.

There’s no denying that unreachable beauty standards are still present. Modern forms of self expression, however, have become a huge force in subverting this.
Makeup artist Tina Fishbach, paired with photographer Jonas Muller […]

SLOW LIVING

March 2020|Fashion|

Featuring Ghanaian model Napari, shot by a South African team, at the peaceful expanse of Langebaan, this magical shoot celebrates slow fashion and the potential it has to correct our course as clothing over-producers. […]

THE DISTRICT

February 2020|Fashion|

This story was shot by South African/German Photographer Daniela Müller-Brunke with local models, on the grounds of what was previously known as District Six.

Whenever Daniela shoots in her native South Africa, she always tries […]

ORANGE CULTURE

January 2020|Fashion|

For Adebayo Okelawal, passion and resilience lead to growth which in turn lead to more knowledge and confidence in his work. Fashion stylist Anna Rykova chats to Adebayo about his growth, the hardest parts of […]

INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR

January 2020|Art|

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair is a platform that showcases the great diversity of contemporary art from Africa to the world. In its 8th edition, the fair takes place from the 14th to the […]

HINDSIGHTS & FORESIGHTS

January 2020|Art|

Acclaimed artists Johan Conradie and Karl Gustav Sevenster form the artist duo AD-Reflex. Their current work, Hindsights and Foresights is a navigation of moments of unexpected beauty in the mundane.

SILENCE BEHEADED

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BEACH CULT

December 2019|Fashion|

What inspires you?

Everything! I live in a constant state of conceptual redesign. Particularly when I travel – a whole new collection could be inspired by the color of a fruit, a piece of modern […]

TSOKU MAELA

December 2019|Art|

Tsoku Maela is a visual artist hailing from the Lebowakgomo municipality in Limpopo. “An archivist of a future African past in the present time”, Tsoku’s work is an amalgamation of our past, present and future […]

LESOTHO RODEO

December 2019|Fashion|

Chu Suwannapha’s unisex Spring/ Summer ’20 collection is inspired by Sotho culture and the Sotho mountain people, a swirl of cultures and a blurring of borders.

Think Wild Wild West; Africa edition. There […]

DANDELION

November 2019|Art|

Nigerian mixed-media artist Dandelion Eghosa is creating new a modern language through photography, collage-art, poetry, and film. Through her artworks, this language is used to communicate, document and permeate the expressions of marginalized bodies and […]

ALTER EGO

November 2019|Beauty|

There was a noticeable changing of the tides over the past year in my life. Break ups, new avenues, new friends, basically “new” everything. One fact remained constant. Fabrics, textures, clothes, how they fit and […]

MWAMI

November 2019|Music|

His visuals are certainly unique and his sound follows suit. Mwami, the 22-year-old artist from Kampala, Uganda shows great and promising talent while his musical influences, are a marriage between Sampha’s experimental sonics with the […]

AYOBOLA KEKERE-EKUN

November 2019|Art|

While observing Ayobola Kekere-Ekun’s work, what stands out the most is the vivid narratives portrayed and the intermixing of lines and fabrics to create these portraits. Oh her fascination with lines, Ayobola states that “a […]

RICHARD AVERAGE

October 2019|Art|

Richard Average is a Cape Town-based illustrator. His skillful and unrestricted use of color in his creations is not only a reflection of his personality but also serves as an ode to the creative nature […]

STELLENBOSCH TRIENNALE

October 2019|Art|

The Stellenbosch Triennale, brainchild of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, takes place from 11 February to 30 April 2020 in a location renowned for its halls of academia and historical vineyards. The upcoming international showcase, […]

STILL LIFE

October 2019|Fashion|

Bringing the creative process to life is often a challenging task for local designers. There is a need to keep their product competitive in a world of giant retailers, fast fashion and mass production. We […]

BETWEEN LANDS

October 2019|Culture|

Upon returning to his hometown after several years, Ivorian filmmaker and photographer Christian Goue felt an uncertain sense of belonging which would be familiar to most African expatriates returning ‘home’. Being an expatriate can be […]

GINGER MARY

September 2019|Fashion|

This collab between AFRICA IS NOW and Ginger Mary is a celebration of spring and the feminine form.

Ginger Mary’s fashion fingerprint is all about boldness and softly accentuating the female form. The latest […]

HOUSE OF VANS 2019

September 2019|Music|

“Off the Wall”, the distinguishable Vans slogan originated in the mid ’70s when skaters were landing new tricks in empty pools by literally skating off the wall. The meaning, however, has evolved in tandem […]

STATE OF FLOW

September 2019|Fashion|

Cape Town-based fashion designer Onesimo Bam has full faith in the collaborative creative process. He also believes in allowing things to unfold organically. The OneIAm collective is testament to his sartorial philosophy and the […]

DANIELA YOHANNES

August 2019|Art|

Since the beginning of time, mankind has searched for answers to the plethora of existential questions. In the quest for answers we have looked inwards to the subconscious and outwards to the cosmos – Daniela […]

RICH MNISI

August 2019|Fashion|

At 27 years old, Rich Mnisi, has worked his way into the African and global fashion landscape at a furious pace with no sign of slowing down.

A charismatic, young and dynamic designer with […]

AFRICAN GINGER

August 2019|Art|

Johannesburg-based illustrator and multimedia artist Seth Pimentel aka African Ginger on what music means to him, the principles of balance in design and Africa as a creative force.

Where does your love for art […]

BROWNCOFFEEMOKA

August 2019|Art|

BROWNCOFFEEMOKA is a designer, illustrator and visual artist, whose creations are black, defiant, and socially and environmentally conscious. She is also strongly connected to environmental concerns, and creates her art sustainably by drawing on recycled […]

MAGNO DANIEL

August 2019|Photography|

Ícaro Fortes introduces AFRICA IS NOW to a freelance photographer whose arresting black-and-white images have a quiet, meditative quality that adeptly draws in the viewer. The 24-year-old […]

MOHAU MODISAKENG

August 2019|Photography|

Born in Soweto in 1986, Mohau Modisakeng’s work’s ‘responds to the history of the black body within the (South) African context’ – the violence of the apartheid era and the early 1990s. While his work […]

IMPRINT SS20

July 2019|Fashion|

South African label Imprint’s latest spring/summer offering is like a collection of memories. Called Imvelaphi – The Home Coming, it’s a celebration of the brand going right back to the beginning. And it’s the perfect […]

BENJI REID

July 2019|Photography|

A self-proclaimed choreo-photolist currently residing in Manchester, Benji Reid fuses photography with theatricality and choreography. He has an uncanny ability to capture motion and emotion in a single image or series of images. What […]

UNRAVELLING

July 2019|Fashion|

It’s all-out Nigerian style as photographer Noma Osula captures the relaxed masculine-meets-feminine flair of Bloke, with shoes by Maliko.

Bloke is an androgynous Nigerian label founded by Faith Oluwajimi. As creative […]

SA MENSWEAR SS20

July 2019|Fashion|

The fashion crowd defied the grey, rainy Saturday and showed up at the KPMG building in Cape Town’s city centre for the Spring/Summer collections 2020 of South African Menswear Week

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STREET STYLE

July 2019|Culture|

AFRICA IS NOW catches up with multitalented creatives Marvin Dieterich and Seth Pimentel aka African Ginger.

MARVIN DIETERICH

SETH PIMENTEL

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MARK DRAWS

June 2019|Art|

An artist interested in the reimagining of African identities and stories, Mark Antony Modimola uses ink, acrylics and digital art to explore representations of blackness and contemporary Africa through themes such as self, Afrofuturism […]

EZRA MABENGEZA

April 2019|Culture|

Photographer James Meakin shot this series of photographs of actor Ezra Mabengeza in Gansbaai after a wildfire had torn through the area. It came about through a serendipitous meeting after the two hadn’t seen […]

NYOTA PARKER

April 2019|Music|

Back from her recent Energy tour, the 19-year-old Cape Town-based rapper, singer and song-writer sat down with AFRICA IS NOW.

Tell us about yourself.

I’m half-Congolese, half-Irish and I moved to Cape Town at […]

NICHOLAS COUTTS

April 2019|Fashion|

Fashion and textile designer Nicholas Coutts creates unique highly textured, handwoven pieces, blending traditional craft with a fresh contemporary aesthetic.

Why do you think ‘Africa is Now’?

Creatives in Africa are breaking the mould […]

NONTOBEKO MBUYAZI

March 2019|Beauty|

A model with albinism, Nontobeko would love to walk the Victoria’s Secret ramp one day and aspires to be a criminologist. She talks to us about her challenges, perceptions of beauty and what’s next. […]

OBSESSION

February 2019|Beauty|

How do you feel when you’re being photographed naked? 

Pumla: There is a range of emotions I tend to feel when being photographed naked. It can range from being free to feeling vulnerable. As […]

WOLE LAGUNJU

February 2019|Art|

Currently living in the US, Nigerian artist Wole Lagunju focuses on challenging and critiquing notions of imperialistic cultural idioms. He talks to AFRICA IS NOW about his exhibition Yoruba Remixed, the role of African history […]

MORSE

February 2019|Fashion|

British-Nigerian designer Tokyo James’ new label Morse explores the intersection between fashion and art. From Nigerian Afro-fusion singer/songwriter Burna Boy donning a patent black trench coat and red leather pants from the Tokyo […]

AFROPUNK 2018

January 2019|Culture|

Here are AFRICA IS NOW staffers’ stand-out moments from the biggest celebration of African and black culture of the year that was 2018 – all captured through the lenses of Anthony Bila and David Kambwiri. […]

DJ INVIZABLE

January 2019|Music|

We sat down with DJ InviZAble’s Earth Liaisons, Nick Matthews and Jonathan Inggs, to talk about identity, positivism, cultural appropriation, the sound of XiFi and the newly released album.

So how does this […]

GRAPHIC DESIGNER: KHANYA, THE DESIGNER

December 2018|Art|

We spoke to the South African queer illustrator extraordinaire about his multi-cultural upbringing, influences and one-of-a-kind illustrations that address hard-hitting subject matter, spanning the spectrums of race, sexuality and gender identity, with mystical themes and […]

KEN NWADIOGBU

November 2018|Art|

Nigerian multidisciplinary artist Ken Nwadiogbu harnesses his artistic talent to highlight the socio-political issues facing young Africans. He’s part of an emerging hyperrealism art scene in Nigeria.

How did you discover your talent […]

SUNKISSED

September 2018|Beauty|

Beauty Editor Alice Coloriti on healthy, glowing summer skin. The rich, deep beauty of your dark skin is special, and melanin is what makes all the difference. A pigment that gives your skin its […]

SA MENSWEAR WEEK SS19

September 2018|Fashion|

AFRICA IS NOW went behind the scenes at both South African Menswear Week events this year to take a look at this platform from a whole new perspective. February saw almost 25 designers […]

THE FACE

September 2018|Beauty|

PHOTOGRAPHER: DIMITRI DIMITRACACOS
MAKE-UP: ALICE COLORITI @ONELEAGUE USING @MACCOSMETICSAFRICA
MODEL: ALUAD ANEI @ONEMANAGEMENT

SA MENSWEAR WEEK AW18

September 2018|Fashion|

AFRICA IS NOW brings you a behind-the-scenes look at the SA Menswear show in February 2018. With exclusive backstage access, Sinjin Sullwald captures some candid moments featuring AW18’s top trends. […]

DIE DARKIES

September 2018|Culture|

Creative Director Julien Ntamakemwa on how Die Darkies came about and what’s up next.

How did Die Darkies start and where did the name come from?

We initially started off as five […]

JEAN-LUC NIYONZIMA IRADUKUNDA

September 2018|Art|

We sat down with digital designer Jean-Luc to find out about his path to creating arresting artworks.

PHOTOGRAPHER: FRANCOIS VISSER | INTERVIEW: MARLI GROBELAAR

Tell us about your background.

I was born and raised […]

LESEDI MOTHOAGAE

September 2018|Photography|

‘I studied digital media design and I’m passionate about visual communication. In 2016, I received the award for best visual techniques in my final year of Multimedia Technology Design at the University of Johannesburg. […]

THEODORE AFRIKA

September 2018|Photography|

Theodore Afrika is a photographer who doesn’t like to be hemmed in by labels. When you hear his name, think of him as a brand; a creative who has a passion for art, music and […]

PLASTIC

September 2018|Beauty|

Beauty Editor Alice Coloriti on achieving clean, high-impact looks using minimal beauty products.

PREP & MOISTURISE: It’s vital to prepare your skin before you start applying make-up. It makes application easier and ensures […]

FLOYD LAVINE

February 2018|Music|

An African nomad, born in South Africa and living in Berlin, DJ and producer Floyd Lavine has travelled all over the globe, but his African origins still inspire his music.

Describe your music […]

PHOTOBOOTH

February 2016|Culture|

YUSUF ABDUL KARIEM

‘I feel like Africa is Now translates and speaks to the future, as Africa is an integral part of the world’s history and therefore the most quintessential and poignant part of the […]

GIDEON’S STORY

January 2016|Culture|

IN THE BEGINNING

At the age of 16 my vitiligo condition began to develop, as well as the start of a somewhat new life. Prior to having vitiligo, I was just an ordinary kid, minding […]