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KAKURETA

November 2022|Art|

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Nothing is permanent nothing is finished nothing is perfect

I show beauty without a face.
Something away from lust, an […]

DIANI BEACH MOMBASA

October 2022|Fashion|

Sunshine, Palmtrees on white beaches with clear blue water! The closest you can get to perfection.  Add a splash of bright colour and happy vibrant young people.  This is the setting that […]

A SENSE OF HOME

May 2022|Fashion|

The energy surrounding the twins is sunny and warm; you can physically feel the fire between them as they hype one another up, while still grounding each other – together they seem to carry a […]

DUNE FACES

April 2022|Fashion|

The iconic Atlantis Dunes are the picturesque backdrop for this story; one which highlights some of our favourite faces this season. This ever-changing landscape shifts in motions with the Cape […]

ANTIDOTE

March 2022|Fashion|

‘The time’ has been waiting for us to come.
Time does not ask for our cooperation, but rather unfolds according to how we behave.
And the only known cure to lost […]

CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2022

March 2022|Art|

The convenience of having art brought to our screens comes with conditions; the biggest being the inconsistency in the visual depiction that appears on different devices.  The Cape Town Art Fair delivered something […]

OZBOB

June 2021|Fashion|

A WORK OF EYE-ART 

Opening ‘Pandora’s Box’ with Robin Osrin, the visual visionary behind OzBob EyeArt. Words by Ky Bxshxff | @kybxshxff 

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LIFE FORCE

May 2021|Beauty|

Hues of red – crimsons and maroons – are embedded in our lives. As Nature’s favoured colour, for blood and earth, its richness holds the key to our most human and intimate moments. It […]

SUPER-TERRESTRIAL

May 2021|Beauty|

Super-Terrestrial – more than “extra”, as this is a dose stronger than the average other-worldly encounter; with the sinamay hats tying both the future and past together in an elevated twist of modernity that […]

KING NOTHING

April 2021|Art|

Following Variety’s announcement of the ambitious feature film written and directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Byron Eksteen joined him in his garden to speak about life, cinema and everything in between. […]

KASI VOGUE

April 2021|Culture|

FLOWER CHILD

Flower child is a narrative based on a flower that can grow beneath the concrete and still manage to blossom through the surface.  The individuals […]

ALLUMUAH

March 2021|Culture|

A cinematic portmanteau paying homage to the culture, identity, and digital creativity of a global Africa.

Welcome to the first stop on our cross-continental tour exploring how […]

DAILY PAPER

March 2021|Culture, Fashion|

On a well-ventilated patio, surrounded by lush vegetation and totem animals, we got to sit down with Hussein Suleiman, one of the three founders of the Amsterdam based, pan-African, world-wide brand […]

HAMAJI

January 2021|Fashion|

Hamaji—the brainchild of Louise Sommerlatte—means nomad in Swahili: a word that embodies the spirit of her brand. As Kenyans who have always lived closely to the natural world, we can […]

THE TRANSFORMERS

January 2021|Culture|

Style meets structure.
Graphic shapes create synergy with bold linear prints and colours of this Collection.

The Super African Acrobats joined forces eight years ago after leaving Tanzania, and moving to South Africa in search of a […]

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 […]