Happy New Year!
We hope your 2016 ring-in was filled with love, laughter, and lots of Afrobeats. On our end, we’ve been quietly working towards getting ready to kick in SUPAFRIK’s 2016 debut, and it’s looking to be a great. We have linked up with some of the marquee institutions in Toronto, and we’re planning on sprinkling contemporary Africana fairy-dust everywhere we go. Keep reading to find out more!
January 21-24 | Gladstone Hotel | 1214 Queen St. W, Toronto |
‘Style & Profile’ at Come Up to My Room
SUPAFRIK Founder Chinedu Ukabam has been selected as a featured artist at “Come Up to My Room” at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W). In case you aren’t familiar, it’s the biggest alternative design festival in Toronto. The hotel invites artists and designers to transform rooms and spaces into a world of their own. Chinedu’s installation, “Style and Profile”, is an ode to Afro-Pop-Art. It is inspired by African barbershops and explores notions of identity in all its seriousness and absurdity. He will be creating original prints and mixed media artwork, and collaborating on some furniture designs with his old friend and man of many woods Gregorio Jimenez. We’re inviting you all to come up to HIS room. PS: The big reception party is on the Saturday 23rd.
$10 | General admission (per day)
$25 | School groups book tours with firstname.lastname@example.org.
$5 | Student day on Jan 22 (with student id)
February 5 | Royal Ontario Museum | Water Carry Me Go @ Royal Ontario Museum Friday Night Live and Kuumba
This one, we’re super excited about! Water Carry Me Go is a fashion-art exhibition featuring seven African and Afro-diasporic designers from Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, UK and of course, Canada. Each designer is creating an avant-garde garment for the show. The unique exhibit will centre on the theme of water, an element that connects Africa and its Diasporas in a multitude of ways—as a passage, a cause of displacement and the origin of mythology. The show aims to dismantle artificial distinctions between fashion and art. We could not have done this without the support of TD Bank, Seven Continents, and Honour Carpentry. “Water Carry Me Go” will first debut as a performance art piece with “live” mannequins during the Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live, before being permanently installed at the Harbourfront Centre’s Architectural Gallery from February 6-12 for their Kuumba festival. Learn more about the artists here!
ROM Friday Night Live | Tickets can be purchased at this link
Kuumba @ Harbourfront Centre| Admission is free for everyone.
February 5 | Royal Ontario Museum | GUMBO #4 @FNLROM + Tattoo
GUMBO is back, this time at 2 locations! The ROM will be hosting the 4th edition of the popular GUMBO music series that Chinedu and Wan Luv started last summer. The first party was at Caribana. The last party took us to New Orleans. This time, we’re pulling out all the stops for Carnival time. First, it’ll start it off as a public dance class with renowned choreographers Esie Mensah and Pulga Cesar Muchochoma with music by DJ Revy B to get you up to speed with all the latest dances from Africa and the Caribbean. Then, it’ll morph into an intense Afrobeats/Afrohouse Soca Reggae dance party with Deemaks, Sean Sax, and Donet at Tattoo (567 Queen Street West).
ROM Friday Night Live | Tickets can be purchased at this link
GUMBO After party | gumbo4.eventbrite.ca
We’ll be updating you all with more information leading up to the event! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @SUPAFRIK and on Twitter @Chinedesign. If you have any questions, email hawa@SUPAFRIK.com.
Posted in Art, Event, Fashion, Music, SUPAFRIK, Uncategorized
Tagged African Barbershop Signs, Afrobeats, AFrohouse, Chinedu, Chinedu Ukabam, Come up to my room, CUTMR16, Deemaks, Donet, Esie Mensah, Gladstone Hotel, Gumbo, Kuumba, Pulga Muchochoma, Reggae, Revy B, rom, Royal Ontario Museum, Sean Sax, Shaman Fam, Soca, TD Bank, then and now, Toronto, Wan and Chi
Two weeks ago we went down to New Orleans, Louisiana to set up shop for the eight edition of SUPAFRIK. It was an amazing experience worthy of a few thousand words. Instead here’s a hundred or so pictures instead of New Orleanians experiencing SUPAFRIK and us experiencing New Orleans. SUPAFRIK Weekend was a blast and we are already planning to do it again (join the FB page and stay tuned). To the beautiful people of New Orleans and the village that it took to make this happen: Thank you!
Words by Chinedu Ukabam | Photos by Aden Abebe
The beautiful Joan Mitchell Center where we lived, worked and played for the duration of our trip
Thanks to the students from State University New Orlean’s Museum Studies program. They were the best install we could have asked for. Erika Evans, Maya Mathews and Kazim Oyewuwo
We passed through a cool event put on by DOPEciety called “Couches”. It’s like bringing the coolest cutting edge bands into your living room to jam just for you. They transformed the space at PORT beautifully to fit with the theme. A few days later we used this same space to throw our GUMBO dance party.
Posted in Art, Event, Fashion, Food, Music, Photography, Shop, SUPAFRIK
Tagged Aden Abebe, Black Swan Food Experience, blkkangaroo, Chinedesign, Chinedu Ukabam, couches, DJ Otto, DJ RQ Away, DJ Sean Sax, DopeCiety, Gumbo, Joan Mitchell Center, Material Life Nola, New Orleans, Noirlinians, NOLA, Osei Duro, SUPAFRIK, Supafrik NOLA
We are taking the SUPAFRIK pop-up back on the road again! In less than two weeks we will be touching down in New Orleans for a 4 day food, fashion, art extravaganza! From November 12 – 15, SUPAFRIK will serve as a space and destination event where creative expressions from all over the African continent and communities in the diaspora will meet the rich and multilayered cultural milieux that New Orleans is world famous for.
We are pulling out all the stops for NOLA! The festivities kick off from 7PM on Thursday with an art exhibit titled “Nesting: The Makings of Home” at The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2275 Bayou Rd) featuring a selection of works by Shoshanna Weinberger (Newark, New Jersey), Shannon Lewis (Berlin, Germany), Heather Hart(Brooklyn, New York), photographer Patrick Melon (New Orleans) and a performance art piece by Rebecca Mwasse(New Orleans via Zimbabwe) drawn from her latest play Looking At a Broad. Complementary catering will be provided by local Afro-fusion pop-up foodies the Black Swan Food Experience. The SUPAFRIK pop-up shop will also be open for the duration of the four days selling a selection of cutting edge fashion from Osei Duro (Made in Ghana), New Orleans based DopeCiety, a new collection from Chinedesign (Toronto) and top sellers from Blkkangaroo. The shop will also a curated selection of art and art objects from Material Life Nola (including coveted limited edition pieces by Kehinde Wiley and Chris Ofili)
Other events in the line-up include a runway and live-mannequin fashion show, a theatrical production, an art panel discussion on creativity, a movie and an African-themed masquerade ball featuring Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band (Friday). Not to mention a “Gumbo” party featuring a first time historical collaboration between Toronto and New Orleans DJs connecting the dots by mixing musical flavors from NOLA, Africa and the Caribbean.
It is all as exciting as it sounds. Check back often as we reveal more details over the next few days. We don’t want to overwhelm you with too much goodness at one time!
Posted in Art, Event, Fashion, Film, Food, Masquerade, Music, Photography, Shop, SUPAFRIK, theater
Tagged Black Swan Food Experience, blkkangaroo, Chinedesign, DopeCiety, Material Life Nola, Osei Duro, SUPAFRIK
Outside it might be snowing but perusing this beautiful lookbook by SUPAFRIK favorites BLKKANGAROO is transporting us to warmer times and tropical climes. We exclusively previewed a few pieces from this summer collection at our last pop-up shop in September and this lookbook has been making the rounds online since it dropped in early December. It has popped up everywhere from Afropunk to Fashion Bomb Daily and even Solange’s blog.
This capsule collection entitled BLKKMARKET for Spring/Summer 2015 was inspired by the vibrancy, texture, shapes and colors of the African market experience. In addition to the cropped pants, printed structured tees and “kaftans”, Blkkangaroo also curated a complementary selection of accessories such as tote bags, mask pendants made out of lego(!) and rope sandals (!!) to accompany the collection.
After already making a big splash with their (recently re-issued) “If Found Return to ____” series of t-shirts two years ago, it won’t surprise us if some of these new designs such as the coral bead printed tall tees attain the same level of cult ubiquity amongst the cosmopolitan set.
BLKKMARKET is available to order from their website and you can also view the full lookbook here: http://blkkangaroo.com/pages/lookbook
Posted in Fashion, Shop, SUPAFRIK
Tagged bahia, blkkangaroo, blkknarket, brooklyn, coral beads, kaftan, Lookbook, tees, Toronto