Category Archives: SUPAFRIK

Recap: SUPAFRIK Shhhhhhhh Secret BBQ Party

Moments captured by Taiwo Bah
Words by Chinedu Ukabam

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“Yesterday was the hottest day of the Toronto summer so far. Humidity so thick, the city issued a heat warning that sent people scampering to the nearest air conditioned enclosure. It was the type of heat that would make someone want to throw a trash can through the front window of a pizza parlor. Continue reading

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AFROBEATS Pop-Up & Party at The Drake Hotel: Introducing the DJs

By now you must have heard of our AFROBEATS pop-up and party coming this weekend (Sunday April 26th from 4pm) to the Sky Yard patio of Toronto’s Drake Hotel! Otherwise join the facebook invite to get up to speed!

We’re bringing that SUPAFRIK energy to Queen West again! This time the focus is on the DJs and their unique blend of urban African sounds. Not to be confused with Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat (without the s), Afrobeats is a catch all term originating in the UK that refers to different electronic dance music genres from the African continent and African crews in London, Lisbon and Paris. From Ghanaian Azonto to Angolan Kuduro to South African House. DJs Deemaks, DJ Camron and Dj Revy B will submerge the Sky Yard patio in bass heavy Afrobeats sets with splashes of R&B, hip-hop, reggae and pop. We will also have a pop-up shop in Room 222 carrying African-inspired brands like Chinedesign, Eloli and Papaya & Co

We briefly caught up with the DJs to find what they are listening to and what they’re watching.

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Where are you based and how long have you been DJing for?
I’m based in Toronto & Calgary. I’ve been DJing for about 5 years now

Personal Top 5 African Songs at the moment in no particular order
1. The Sound – Davido ft. Uhuru & Dj Buckz 2. Nasema Nawe – Diamond Platnumz ft Khadija Kopa 3. Gbese – Lil Kesh 4. Nobody But Me – Vanessa Mdee ft. K.O 5. Original – Fally Ipupa  Continue reading

*Lookbook alert* BLKKMARKET by BLKKANGAROO

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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.

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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.

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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
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SUPAFRIK #7 Coming to Toronto!

WHAT: SUPAFRIK Pop-Up Shop/Gallery WHEN: Sunday September 21st
ONE DAY ONLY: 1PM – 7PM WHERE: TAC Art/Work Gallery, 568 Richmond Street West, Toronto

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SUPAFRIK returns to its Toronto roots after well received installations in Washington DC, London and Paris. With a limited edition focus, SUPAFRIK #7 will feature a collaborative one-off capsule collection from Chinedesign and Parisian conceptual artist MyriaMMaxo (renown for her riotously colorful “objet d’art” waxprint teddies) who will also be in town to launch the collection. Chinedesign’s #TheBravingRitual collection, the label’s first foray into eclectic winterwear combining tartans and indigo-dyed mud cloth will also be exclusively available for made-to-measure custom orders. Also featured: luxurious handwoven scarves from newly-minted Ethiopia-based African Design Hub label which will be making its Canadian-debut at SUPAFRIK roster. SUPAFRIK will also feature a tasting menu of Afro-fusion culinary delights by Zimbabwean cook Rufaro, original artwork by Oluseye and a preview of BLKKANGAROO’s BLKKMARKET, its first capsule collection of structured t-shirts and unisex kaftans inspired by the color, texture and vibrancy of the West- African market experience.

For bargain hunters, there will also be discounted goodies from the online store from such as UK based clothing “Made in Africa” label Chichia London (Beyonce is a fan!) whose street-smart collection is ethically manufactured in Tanzania using traditional kanga textiles as well as fashion sneakers from Mos Def’s new favorite shoe brand SAWA, designed in Paris and made in Addis Ababa.

Palattes in Paris…A Video Recap

The second installment of Palattes of Africa took place in the Châtelet neighbourhood of Paris, France in the summer of 2013 in collaboration with one of the youngest and most innovative chefs on the food scene by the name of Dieuveil Malonga. The self-proclaimed “food stylist” opened the SUPAFRIK pop-up with a 16 course offering and concluded the closing day with a brunch and food demonstration. His gastronomic reductions and remixes of African dishes wowed the guests in attendance at the opening. A master of artful food design and a wizard at creating new flavors, Dieuveil drew from his Congolese childhood, his German upbringing and culinary training and his French inspiration. He went on to become a finalist in Top Chef France earlier this year at the age of 21.

The third installment in the Palattes series intends to build on the same elements that made the first two successful, whilst honing in on the thematic focus of the event. Neatly dovetailing with the world cup fever thats taking over the city for the next month, Palattes will celebrate the West African roots of Brazilian cuisine and the Brazilian origins of West African food! Presented in the form of a brunch, the menu developed in collaboration with up and coming chef Lohi Ogolo, will contain elements of a Brazillian breakfast, street food from Ghana and drinks from Senegal. The event will also feature the artwork and contribution of Komi Olaf as well as a SUPAFRIK pop-up shop that will allow visitors to purchase items from the online shop. Seating is by advanced tickets only which can be purchased from: http://palattesofafrica.eventbrite.ca/

Date: Sunday June 29th
Time: 12noon to 3pm

Palattes of Africa returns with a Brazilian “Brunch”… from West Africa with Love

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Now in its third installation after its sold-out debuts in Toronto(2012) and Paris(2013) , Palattes of Africa is a unique food meets art event spearheaded by fashion designer, curator and food lover, Chinedu Ukabam in collaboration with a rotating cast of burgeoning young chefs and artists. Palattes is presented in the form of a pop-up restaurant and explores West African cuisine by showcasing traditional African dishes as well as original “Afro-fusion” takes on the familiar (think Jollof Rice “Sushi” rolls stuffed with jerked catfish). Equal parts history and culinary art, Palattes aims to delight the senses while engaging the intellect. The proliferation of international cuisine in cosmopolitan cities means that the average food enthusiast has at least a passing familiarity with everything from Korean and Caribbean to Mediterranean and Latin American.  However with only a smattering of restaurants scattered outside the core, West African cuisine still remains the final food frontier in Toronto. There are a few deliciously original “discoveries” still left to be made in food and a good number of them are to be found in the cuisine of West Africa, as rich in flavor and texture as it is in symbolism. 

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The third installment in the Palattes series intends to build on the same elements that made the first two successful, whilst honing in on the thematic focus of the event. Neatly dovetailing with the world cup fever thats taking over the city for the next month, Palattes will celebrate the West African roots of Brazilian cuisine and the Brazilian origins of  West African food! Presented in the form of a brunch, the menu developed in collaboration with up and coming chef Lohi Ogolo, will contain elements of a Brazillian breakfast, street food from Ghana and drinks from Senegal. The event will also feature the artwork and contribution of Komi Olaf as well as a SUPAFRIK pop-up shop that will allows visitors to purchase items from the online shop. Seating is with advance tickets only which can be purchased from palattesofafrica.eventbrite.ca 

Date: Sunday June 29th Time: 12noon to 3pm Venue: 952 Queen St West, Toronto (Enter through MOCCA courtyard)

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Thank you for making 2012 “Astronomically Awesome”!

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2012 has been astrononmically awesome for the SUPAFRIK family:

3 Pop-Up Shops (Toronto/DC),
1 “Afrotropolis Wanderland” Fashion Show
1 Short Film
1 “Palattes of Africa” Foodtasting
“After Hours” FNO Event
1 Online Holiday Gift Shop

And it is all thanks to YOU!
We hope 2013 brings to you health, happiness and all the good things you desire!
S U P A F R I K
p.s. stay tuned for our 2013 programming