Inspired by: Fela!

I just saw the musical Fela! at the Curran Theater in San Francisco last night and I was definitely blown away by the music, dancing, theatrics and beautiful costumes. An incredible story that I hope people in the Bay Area will go see. I was moved by the history and presentation, but what really captivated me were the nine women dancers who represent Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s 27 real-life-co-wives.

They do not have individual dialogue, but their energy and beautiful dancing is central to the story. Here is an article from the New York Times a couple years ago that delves further into Fela’s Queens

The musical is only here for a short time, and the last performance is December 11th

In watching the incredible dancing and costumes I was inspired to go searching around for some fun African fashion to share on this Cyber Monday. First up is a collection of jewelry from Lunaversal that draws upon many diverse cultures all over the world and most pieces are handcrafted one of a kind designed by Camisha Jackson

Next is a playful jumpsuit in an African print by Lalesso formed by co-designers Olivia Kennaway and Alice Heusser. All their in-house work is done by SOKO an independent, charity based production company that supports local talent and employment to Kenyans.

This amazing bag is made by Adele Dejak a Nigerian designer brought up in Cambridge England. Her accessories are amazing and she works with many Kenyan artisans to produce her creations.

Last but not least is a dress by Adama Kargbo a 24 year old Sierra Leonean-American whose new high-end line Aschobi is based in Freetown

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