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LESOTHO RODEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

DANIELA YOHANNES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

MARK DRAWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty|

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

SA MENSWEAR WEEK AW18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]