Monthly Archives: June 2013

MEET THE SOWETO STYLE TRIO WHO SEE THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY

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Twin brothers, Justice and Innocent Mukeli, together with their best friend, Vuyo Mpantsha are the trio behind a fantastic blog called I See a Different You. Well calling it a blog is a little bit of an understatement. It’s more of a movement born out of a frustration with the way their native Soweto was being perceived in the media. The imagery that people associate with the township is mostly created by people from outside Soweto, is often negative and doesn’t truly capture the way the locals experience it.

Armed with a keen sense of style and digital cameras, the crew from I See a Different You explore the place they grew up in with warm, nostalgic images, a fresh perspective and more importantly through their own lens.

They’ve traveled to Tokyo, Senegal and Paris to expand their project and here’s what they had to say about it in an interview with online publication Dazed Digital:

 “I See A Different You started in Soweto and it’s changed people’s perceptions of Soweto. Where do we want to take it? We want to take it to the whole world,” says Vuyo. “We want to do I See A Different You China, I See A Different You Atlanta, Jamaica. Brazil too. We just want to take it to places we’ve never been to, places that most people in my country have never been. The problem with South Africans is that they don’t travel, so with this thing we want to change their perception of the world.”

Check out this video from their Soweto Ted x Talk, and be sure to visit their blog: http://iseeadifferentyou.tumblr.com/

All images from I See a Different You.

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SISTER ROSETTA THARPE | THE GREATEST MUSICIAN YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

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She’s been referred to as The Godmother of Rock and Roll. She influenced Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Isaac Hayes and I accidentally discovered her music while looking for a video by My Morning Jacket. It’s a travesty that the music and legend of Sister Rosetta Tharpe isn’t more well known.

Her music was an intoxicating blend of Gospel, Jazz and Blues and her performances were characterized by soulful gospel singing, virtuoso guitar playing and incredible showmanship. It sounded like Rock and Roll way before there was Rock and Roll.

In 2004 NPR did a piece on Tharpe and a recent PBS documentary in their American Masters series titled, The Godmother of Rock and Roll hopes to finally shine a light on the incredible life of a musician whose legacy needs to be celebrated and recognized.

Check out this incredible video recored live in Manchester, England in 1964.

…and here is the documentary The Godmother of Rock and Roll directed by Mick Csáky

THE GODMOTHER OF ROCK & ROLL: Sister Rosetta Tharpe – 2011. 60-minute documentary film produced & directed by Mick Csáky from Directors Cut Films on Vimeo.

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YOU’VE GOTTA SEE THIS | Nike Presents: Air Reinvented

Check out this incredible animated video Nike did to showcase the new mesh technology on their iconic Nike Air Max range.

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HAVE YOU HEARD | POGO – KENYA CHORDS

Mixmaster Nick Bertke aka Pogo splices audio from various sources together to create the most infectious little songs. He has over 11 million views for his Alice in Wonderland mix and 8.5 million views for a Snow White mix. His latest mix, Kenya Chords, features video and audio he collected from a recent trip to Kenya. It’s absolutely magical. Check out Pogo on soundcloud.

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FRESHKICKS | NIKE DUNK LOW VIOTECH

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If you’re not afraid of looking like you just stepped in a rainbow, the Nike Dunk Low Viotech is perfect for you. Based on a colourway from the early 2000s which was only available in Japan, this throwback features full suede leather and is guaranteed to turn heads.

All images from kicksonfire.com

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BATHED IN LIGHT | THE ART OF PHILIP BARLOW

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The paintings of Philip Barlow possess a dream like quality. They seem strangely familiar, like a warm and comforting, hazy memory.

The South African native has been painting since the early nineties and has developed a unique style of abstraction. Here’s how he explains his work: The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them. Bathed in the luminosity, it is my hope that they would become more beautiful. To me, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality.

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Have a look at Philips’s incredible work on his website: philipbarlow.com

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Wale Oyejide and Lekan Jeyifo invite you to Lagos in 2081

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Brooklyn-based attorney, musician and fashion designer Wale Oyejide is the creator of the incredible menswear brand Ikire Jones, a label  inspired by the stylish, West African aesthetic. In the brand’s latest campaign Oyejide teams up with fellow Nigerian, illustrator Lekan Jefiyo to imagine Lagos, Nigeria 68 years in the future as a city with new-found wealth and a land of opportunity. Futuristic buildings reach to the sky as well dressed men explore this sprawling metropolis. The storyline goes as follows:

[Lagos, Nigeria] I had just narrowly escaped a throttling for taking too many liberties in the kitchen of an Ajegunle bukateria when I stumbled into painter Joshua Mays in a back alley.  All anguish from the tragic egusi stains on my jacket sleeve was momentarily abated when I noticed that Mr. Mays had recreated the towering landscape on a nearby wall. 

This was a Lagos that would be unfamiliar to our grand-parents.  The image of a city captured years after the Great Crude Explosion: a day when oil bubbled through the Makoko slum floors and flowed freely in Ikoyi’s streets, effectively transforming Lagos into the richest city on the planet.  Now, the once-sullied aspects of Nigeria’s reputation lay discarded and forgotten, and the world’s citizens climbed over themselves to dock their dreams at Lagos’ shores.  Transfixed, Mr. Mays and I looked up at the ever-growing spires of New Lagos, painted against the blue horizon, and knew: Our children would never have reason to look down again.

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Jeyifo said of the collaboration, It provided a perfect opportunity to further extend the boundaries of Architectural Representation and my interest in exploring new aesthetic vocabularies”.

Have a look at the fantastic range of menswear produced by Ikire Jones. Be sure to visit ikirejones.com for a more interactive exploration of the idea and check out vigilism.com to see more of the unbelievable work of Lekan Jeyifo.

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