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M’tita Bamako presents a handbag line inspired by the creator Marta Carrascoca’s various trips in Bamako, Marocco, Spain & Belgium. I really like her boubou inspired bags collections made with bazin fabric as well as her commemorative bags line. http://www.mtitabamako.com Yaye


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J’aime vraiment beaucoup …OUI,  I enjoy her sweet and melodious vibe. When we usually think of Angolan music usually, we tend to think  of Kuduru music echididii ehh echididi .Well, you’ll be glad to know that  there are other type of artists there like Aline who’s influenced by Cape Verdean, jazz music,African rythm & bossanova. Aline Fell in love with music at age 9, wrote her first songs at age 15 but it was later on in her early twenties while she lived in Brazil that she dipped seriously in the music field. Aline played at various bars, cafe concert places, bref wherever she could do what she likes best;playing live music. When you listen to her music, the way she dresses , carries herself , it’s easy to see that she’s a nomad at heart. Her gypsy mindset is reflected through her first album entitled ” Clave Bantu”, she


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Hello you guyz, it’s been a minute, hope everything is going well in your lives. I missed y’all but wasn’t feel great but Alhamdoulilah I’m better so let’s gooooo:) Julie Kouamo is a textile  & interior designer of Malian & French ancestry. As an artist, she lets her imagination run free on her print, textile & wallpaper designs . Julie is inspired by nature, colors, climate conditions, vegetation, her various trips around the world & her Cameroonian origins. Miss Kouamo studied at one of the best fashion school in London,the St Martins School of Art. Listening to her interview with the French Radio London, I grasp that not only is she an artist but she’s really aware of the business aspect of things (tres important). In the same interview she  candidly shares how challenging it is as an artist to be her own boss, indeed she has to be motivated


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I remenber a few years ago hearing about Sista Fa one of the first Senegalese female MC  working on a documentary to educate people about FGM.The film project is entitled “Saraba” & has been shown at various festivals around the world. Sista Fa was one of the very first female hip hop artist to be in the spotlight ,indeed back in the early 2000 . She met her Austrian hubby in Dakar when he was conducting a documentary . Love happened and they moved to Berlin and now are parents to a daughter. What I like about Sister Fa’s story is that she once she got in Berlin, she took advantages of the the opportunities in the Western world to refine her sound & put together a band. Her sound is a mix of hip hop, jazz, folk and african music. It’s good to have artists like her who do


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French Photographer Baudouin published a beautiful photography book with images of 75 Parisian women.The idea was to invite himself in the personal spaces of those women that he didn’t know personally but were either referred to him or that  he met randomly in the streets of Paris. The pictures were taken over the course of 6 years & what’s cool about it  is that you find all kinds of women: white, young, tall, blonde, brune, black ect..Speaking of black I was happy to see 2 sistas of African descent represented: Cameroonian French Nelly Mbonou the co founder of the fashion brand June Shop & Tunisian/Ivoirian/French singer Laeticia Dana, go on sistas:) http://www.baudouin.fr/ Yaye


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Salam people, happy saturday you guyz:) Thanks for choosing to stop by my place, grateful:) So the last time I talked about Aissate was back in 2008 on my former blog “cos we african women are doing it and doing it well” .I can’t believe that it’s been that long since I’ve been writing already, but anywhoo you can find the piece here:http://www.fabulafricana.com/?p=836 Checking back with her now in 2013, she’s still doing her thing, she has an album out called “Mieux vaut rire” (go girl) She’s also taking full advantage of  the social media world.She’s been interviewed by french local TV’s ,has great marketing promotion behind her, bref she has a team of people who believe in her and her talent. I was saddened to hear that she lost her brother, she credits him with inspiring her to keep going with her music. Aissate is still  chapmaning with her


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I’ve been stalking following Indonesian & Malaysian Muslimah bloggers for a while now. Yes I lenjoy their posts on faith,  family life, husbands, kids and their fierce & modest fashion style. Fifi Alvianto the editor in chief of Laiqa Magazine is one of my fav’ muslimah blogger. I was excited when she announced last year that she was launching her own magazine Laiqa.From the look of it Laiqa has a promising future, cool layouts, great photography but most importantly it’s a contemporary magazine geared towards” today Muslimahs”! Good luck & long life to Laiqa:) http://laiqamagz.com/ Yaye


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Hello you guz, happy blessed friday & February 1st:) Time is running, hope you are taking full advantage of it to live your best life:) Last year in Dakar we tackled in a large scale the controversial problem of skin bleaching following the advertisement of a bleaching cream on advertising panels all over the city. A counter-attack campaign was born called Nuul Kuk, which in the Woloff dialect means black , black as hell lol just kidding ..Anywhoo that was really the first time  we saw part of the youth talk  via social media about their love for our natural beautiful skin. That being said, I find the short movie ” Yellow Fever” by Kenyan filmaker Ng’endo right on the topic & at the same time it makes me realize that all throughout Africa there is a really serious problem of identity. Ng’endo presented this 6 minutes animated movie as


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Lately I’ve been studying  the world of magazine editors ,I am curious about the way they live their careers ect. I find that fashion editors at upscale Western magazines are rarely of African descent (if I’m wrong ,please correct me) so when I come across the profile of  Virginie Dhello the Congolese French fashion editor for Air France Madame Magazine of course I am in a hurry to share.With no journalism & styling backgroung but  with a strong passion for fashion she got her start in the 1990′s at the magazine L’Officiel. Since then her curriculum vitae stayed enviable, she has worked for magazines such as Biba, Grazia Italia & Glamour for 5 years. She’s recognized for her one of a kind personal  style by magazines like Vogue France,The Coveteur.When she’s not buzy styling photo spreads & and attending fashion shows, she shares her love for beautiful things & fashion


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Laura Douglas grew up in Birmingham in a conservative musically enclined home.Both her parents loved music, her father was especially a jazz fan. As a child,she wasn’t really encouraged to listen to pop music , rather she had to take piano & violin lessons. Her classical background, her ear & appreciation for classical music & instruments is easily felt in her music.I am fascinated by the fact that she’s  only 26 years old yet the intricacy of her musicality is wise beyond her years.I am not a musician but in her songs like ” Can’t wait with the world” I can hear each instrument clearly. She is said to be the next big thing in 2013, yep her days as a receptionist at the Birminghan Conservatoire are long gone. Of those days behind her desk , she remenbers meeting many classically trained musicians and dreaming of one day collaborating on


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