One of the best things about doing Styled By Africa is getting to work with so many interesting artists and organisations from extremely different backgrounds. Here are some of the people that made SBA Flight Club a super- duper- fly party.
Emergency UK X Design T-Shirts
Emergency UK, the health charity that we were fundraising for, brought our our SBA passengers' inner artists by getting them to design their own T-Shirts to raise funds for the Bangui Paediatric Centre, Central African Republic. Emergency UK is a NGO that is very dear to our hearts, their main aim being to provide relief and medical assistance to victims of war, landmines and poverty, while also promoting a culture of peace. I previously worked for the charity during my Masters and can say first hand that the organisation wouldn’t be as strong without the passion and hard work of their amazing volunteers and staff members including, Gianluca and Simone who give up their free time to help fundraise, support and engage the community in the issues around these countries.
Here’s what Nicole Constantine, Emergency UK volunteer thought of the event:
“An awesome afternoon of African beats and flavours, and all with the coolest showcase of African design! And what's more, the event supported Emergency's Paediatric Centre in the Central African's Republic's capital city of Bangui - Styled by Africa, thank you for your support! "
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
We first met Zoe at the ‘See Africa Differently’ Christmas party and later at the Diesel/ Edun launch events, and couldn’t get enough of her delicious Peanut Butter stew so we hunted her down to pop-up at our event. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen dishes up contemporary Ghanaian food with a dining experience that is chilled, fun and tasty. She’s proven to be very popular with regular appearances at Sky rooms, African Spitafield Market 2013, and residencies across London. You can catch Zoe at Studio Gi, Hackney for her Fanti Flavour pop-up. We’re also really excited to be working with Zoe again for this summer’s Ghanaval in Dalston, so watch this space!
On our way to speak on the panel for the Southbank Centre’ Women of the World Festival discussion on ‘mixed race’ heritage, we made a quick pit-stop at the Nailwraps: Influence nail bar for some nail art, because well, it was free. Nailwraps: Influence is run by Phoebe Davis with the support of ArtsAdmin- she aims to work with women exploring current attitudes to feminism, female expectation and aspirations and women of influence by opening a dialogue of personal influence over printed nail designs. Her project certainly worked at our event as many flocked to get their nails wrapped in some inspirational African women. For more on Nailwraps: Influence projects click here.
Brought up in South East London but originally from Nigeria, AfriKan Boy has been making big waves in the grime and Afrobeats scene, guest appearing on ‘Paper Planes’ remix and ‘Hassel’ on M.I.A ‘Kala’ album. With his infectious personality and charismatic stage appearances Afrikan Boy tore up the stage at our launch party, not a surprise that he’s been listed as one of MTV's ‘Hot Afrobeats Acts 2012’. Needless to say, his tongue and cheek lyrics on ‘One day I Went to Lidl’ is still one of my favourites.
I recently visited Hassan Hajjaj’s Shoreditch studio for a chat about his years of experience in photography and art. His modesty was a pleasant surprise, and passion for capturing portraits of local people he believed to be rockstars. Hassan’s work is heavily influenced by his Moroccan upbringing which is clearly seen in his henna girls and male belly dancer portraits. Hassan’s tables were a perfect installation at our fashion exhibition, bringing a unique twist of North African art
Working with people like these is the biggest highlight of working on SBA, so in the cold words of Vanilla Ice, 'All right stop, collaborate and listen.'