African Vibes magazine rolled out the red carpet in style to celebrate its fourth anniversary of shining a positive spotlight on Africa and Africans, by presenting an “#I Wear African” fashion show on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Avalon in Hollywood. The event kicked off at the Glam Lounge where VIP guests were offered complimentary champagne, hors d’oeuvres and gift bags with items from Tourneau, Milani Cosmetics, Tarte Cosmetics, Clear Essence. The Glam Lounge was followed by the ‘I Wear African’ Runway and Award show which brought a new and fresh aesthetics to contemporary #African style through the interpretive work of some of Africa’s hottest and talented designers. And if that wasn’t enough, award-winning and international superstar and singer Awilo Longomba — known as the “King of Techno-Soukous Music” in international music circles — rocked the runway by shaking his hips and gyrating across the runway as the evening’s special musical guest. The magazine honored Awilo and celebrity fashion designer and “Project Runway” alum Korto Momolu with the African Vibes Magazine African Diamond Award for uplifting their African heritage through music and fashion.
In the “I Wear African” fashion show, one #afronista after another trotted down the catwalk in a colorful kaleidoscope of designs and jewelry, representing designers from various parts of Africa. The designers who participated in the “I Wear African” fashion show included #Sheila Denanyoh (Ghana) of Ill-la-la Designs; #Arthlene Legair (Dominica, West Indies) of the #Legair Brand; #Kahindo Mateene (Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC) of #Modahnik; Maryanne E. Mokoko and Stephanie T. Mouapi (Cameroon) of Côté Minou; #Mekdes Tefera Taye (Ethiopia); jewelry designer Monalisa Okojie (Nigeria) of #NEHITA and #Christiane King (Ivory Coast), who is a contestant on this season’s “Project Runway.” Makeup for the ‘I Wear African’ Runway was provided by Official Beauty Partner, Milani Cosmetics.
A special highlight of the evening was the presentation by Liberian-born Korto Momolu, who showed pieces from her fall 2010 Collection — the Korto Momolu Collection. Viewers will remember the Liberian-born Momolu as a finalist and fan favorite on season five of “Project Runway.” In February, she debut her first post-show collection during New York Fashion Week. Highlighted as “one to watch,” Momolu has been featured in various national newspapers and publications including LA Times, InStyle, Essence, and African Vibes magazines. Currently, she has a signature handbag and jewelry line exclusively designed for Dillard’s Department Stores and Dillards.com. And she’s set to produce a poolside fashion show at the Tom Joyner 2010 Fantistic Voyage™ Cruise.
Blond and blinged out, Awilo gave a stirring performance, singing in both French and English, and showing why he is the most wanted Congolese artist on the African continent and Europe.
Awilo’s album, “Super-Man” won the Best Soukous Entertainer Award in 2009 at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and was nominated for Best African Act at the #African Music Awards. He is this year’s recipient of the 2010 Humanitarian Award at the upcoming Beyond the Tears Awards. And he’s nominated again for the Best Soukous Entertainer award at this year’s IRAWMA awards to be held on May 2 in Queens, New York.
The opening acts were Avin-U C, consisting of three artists – EddyB, #Naomi Achu and H.Bolo – all hailing from Cameroon. Other performances included Liberian hip hop artists #Romeo Mulbah aka #2C. Mulbah just snagged the HIPCO Artist of the Year at the 2010 Liberian Entertainment Awards.
The event was co-hosted by actress/filmmaker #Tangi Miller and African Vibes Magazine Editor In Chief, #Amabel Niba. Miller is best known for the role of the smart, spirited and stylish Elena Tyler on the J.J. Abrams hit show, “Felicity.” She also recognized the winner of the $1,000 Ideas Contest created by African Vibes magazine in partnership with its Gold sponsor, Keller Graduate School of Management.
After the show, VIP guests, designers, models and artists were ushered to the VIP Lounge After Party where they were served more champagne and hors d’oeuvres while dancing the evening a way to contemporary African tunes by #DJ Fly who has been a constant at all African Vibes Magazine anniversary celebrations.
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Preview the African Vibes Magazine Afronista Photoshoot for Issue 17
Issue 17 of the African Vibes Magazine features Nollywood Actress Stephanie Okereke.
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- Our Favorite 5 Albums
- Books we recommend
- The Face of Rape
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African Vibes Magazine 5th Anniversary Event Recap and Photos
African Vibes Magazine had a successful fifth anniversary event with African designers on the “I Wear African” Runway showcasing contemporary African fashions, special performances from DJ Oudy 1er and the Brown Family Group at its all white 5th Anniversary event which took place on May 1st at the Avalon in Hollywood, California.
#African Vibes Magazine shone a bright light on up and coming #African designers and performers at its all white 5th Anniversary event which took place on May 1st at the Avalon Hollywood. The event kicked off with a Pre-Show Glam Lounge where Beauty Sponsor, Milani Cosmetics glammed up guests while VIPs sampled some delectable desserts and sipped on complimentary champagne. Guests received exciting gift bag items including a selection of Milani’s Passport of Color Spring collection items. The show kicked off with an opening dance act from renowned choreographer, #Titus Fotso along with members of his troupe (Wilfried Souly, #Michel Kouakou, #Rachel Tisby, #Malik Sow and #Soro Gnenmon). Other performers included #the Brown Family (#Somto Madu, #Samuel Dosumu and #John Paul Arabome) and Oudy 1er whose performance and dance moves had guests on their feet asking for an encore.”
This year’s participating designers included jewelry designer #Su Beningfield from South Africa, clothing designer Solome Katongole from Uganda, jewelry designer #Monalisa Okojie from Nigeria, shoe designer #Joseph Ntomp from Cameroon, clothing designer Oyin Ayoola from Nigeria, clothing designer Princess Latifat from Nigeria and clothing/jewelry designer #Wawi Amasha from Kenya who closed the show with models dancing down the Runway in her clothing.
Designers have previously showcased clothing items and accessories for women but this year, the men were all too happy to spot Joseph Ntomp’s shoe collection while the ladies cheered as the male models walked down the runway with a swag in their step. Other designers who included pieces for men in their collection were Princess Latifat and Monalisa Okojie.
Editor In Chief, Belle Niba and Actress #Tangi Miller who hosted the event kept the audience entertained throughout the evenings. As part of the event, the African Vibes Magazine African Diamond Award was given to #Senator Curren Price Jr. for encouraging trade and investment opportunities between Africa and California, #Dr Condessa Curley and #Anita Gent Williams for the work they do to help African communities through their Charity organization, Project Africa Global. The Awards were sponsored by Arik Air along with Supporting Sponsor, Gigi Jewelry.
Following the show was the VIP After Party where VIP guests, designers, models and artists joined in celebration with International DJ Fly kept guests on their feet on the dance floor throughout the evening. Hors d’oeuvres were served along with complimentary champagne for Gold, Platinum and Diamond VIPs.
For those who missed the show, Television media sponsor, Afrotainment TV, will be airing it on May 7th at 6:15pm (PST) and on May 8th at 11:50am (PST). The show will be on their DishNetwork Channel 751 available nationwide.
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Kenyan Designer to bring the East African Khanga to the IWA Runway
Kenyan artist and designer Wawi Amasha is behind Mami Afrika Designs, a brand featuring clothing, jewelry and wearable art. Amasha’s designs reflect the celebration of life with the use of vibrant colors inspired by the Motherland, warming the heart at a glance. Every item is handcrafted with love, totally unique and never exactly duplicated. She is one of the designers who will be featured on the #African Vibes Magazine “#I Wear African” Runway.
To make her clothes and her custom garment tags, she mainly uses a fabric called “Khanga or Lesso very common in East Africa. The khanga is a colorful garment worn by women and occasionally by men throughout Eastern Africa. Each has a unique Swahili saying; usually of bright colors and bold patterns with a decorated border around the main design.
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