WANA is interested in the most stylish African and Afro-descendant personalities. First part dedicated to musicians and singers !
Jidenna (USA – Nigeria)
Jidenna is perhaps the most elegant personality of African origin, all artists combined ! If the Wisconsin native claims to be inspired by Ghana’s highlife music, the same applies to his clothing, where his African roots are clearly displayed. The rapper himself describes his style as “heavily inspired by the Harlem Renaissance with references to traditional West African design” and “a marriage of European and African aesthetics. “We necessarily appreciate the style and especially the state of mind of the author of “Classic Man” !
Tinie Tempah (UK – Nigeria)
Tinie Tempah has become a key figure in British fashion and is already one in her favourite art. In 2007, he created his own recording studio and fashion label Disturbing London, one of our very first articles. Five years later, he was named Best Dressed Man of the Year by GQ magazine. In 2015, he was appointed ambassador for men’s collections at London Fashion Week. It is in this event that he launched his new brand What We Wear this year. This testifies to the importance he places on fashion and it is reflected in his style, which is at once sober, chic and colourful !
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza, the two members of the South African group Mafikizolo, never go unnoticed during their various appearances. This duo constantly seeks to highlight the “African Style” as evidenced by the video clip of “Colors of Africa” (ft. Diamond Platnumz and DJ Maphorisa), a real clothing fireworks display! Moreover, Nciza is artistic director of NN Vintage, a brand “for strong and ambitious women” inspired by fashion from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Adored throughout Africa for their songs, the Kenyan quartet is also adored in Europe for their style. Sauti Sol had the honour of having his style exhibited at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery as part of the “Fashion Cities Africa” exhibition, the first in England dedicated to contemporary African style. A strong symbol for the group led by Bien-Aimé Baraza (to the right of the first image and to the left of the second).
Lola Rae (UK – Nigeria – Ghana)
Lola Rae left Nigeria for London to study fashion at Saint Martins Central University. Textiles is therefore an environment with which she is familiar. The interpreter of “Biko” is passionate about this field and this is reflected in the way she dresses. It is thanks to this aspect that she was able to make the cover of Genevieve Magazine in Nigeria, in 2016. If she has not yet achieved the musical notoriety in Africa of her colleagues Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage or Chidinma, Lola Rae has nothing to envy them “stylistically speaking”.
Fuse ODG (UK – Ghana)
It is difficult to finish this article without mentioning one of our sources of inspiration. The creator of the T.I.N.A (This Is New Africa) movement does not fail to sublimate his video clips with African motifs, as is precisely the case in the clip of the eponymous song of his movement “TINA“. Patterns and outfits that can be found in his daily life. Sometimes in a traditional style, sometimes in an Afro-urban style, Fuse ODG always manages to make a difference !
Here is the link to the French version.