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Today’s style inspiration: Louis Philippe de Gagoue.

Hailing from both Cameroon and Cote D’Ivoire, the self-described eclectic fashion stylist, blogger and personal shopper is currently based in Morocco after half a decade living in neighbouring Tunisia.

With a style all his own, there’s a sense of vintage cool, classic sartorialism and modern vibrancy in almost everything he wears. From Congolese sapeurs to traditional North African garments, there’s always a strong African influence in de Gagoue’s visual aesthetic.

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NEW MUSIC: Magic System ft Chawki - Magic in the Air.

Ivorian sensation Magic System team up with Moroccan singer Ahmed Chawki in this football-like anthem super catchy Francophone dance tune.

Just in time for Brasil 2014? Perhaps.

MORNING SONG: OUM TARAGALTE - SOUL OF MOROCCO.

A great song (of which I have zero understanding of, sadly) recently sent to me by a follower on twitter. 

Beautiful video! 

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My Top 5 African Dishes for a Hearty Valentine’s Day.

Jollof rice with chicken/meat/fish and fried plantain:

Predominantly eaten in West African countries such as Senegal (it’s country of origin), Ghana and Nigerian, jollof rice has become a staple meal acceptable for any occasion - from weddings to birthday parties. With a preparation time of a little over an hour (depending on your serving quantities), the ingredients needed are easy to obtain. The flavour of the rice is dependent on how you prepare to the stew, whether mild or spicy. Vegetables such as peas, carrots and sweet corn can also be added to the mix. For a slightly healthier option, boil or grill the plantain instead of frying it. Similarly, grill the fish or chicken.
Vegetarian option: Substitute chicken/meat/fish for moi moi (contains egg).

Ethiopian injera with sides:

The very thought of eating this Ethiopian teff-grain flat bread with my favourite sides (doro wat, shiro, ye’abesha gomen, etc), is enough to get my mouth watering. With a near-endless possibility of traditional sides (you can also add your own creations), this meal can easily be adapted to suit various palettes. Although injera can be made at home from scratch, you’re much better off buying it from a restaurant. Want it gluten-free? Here’s a recipe for that.
Vegetarian option: go meat-less, stick to vegetable sides.

Senegalese thiéboudienne:

Another feature from Senegal because the food there is just that good. Although I’ve only ever been to Dakar once, as a child, the experience and taste of eating thiéboudienne is not one easily forgotten. Served on a large platter, this meal usually comes with either a rice or cous cous base and is laden with fish, stew and vegetables.
Vegetarian option: leave out the fish.

Moroccan couscous salad:

What I love most about couscous is just how versatile it is. It’s easy to make (from a box) and a great base for a range of different meals. For a salad option, simply make some couscous and add your favourite salad bits.
Vegetarian option: I think this one is obvious.

Ghanaian fufu and peanut butter/groundnut stew/soup.

Peanuts are hands down the greatest nuts there are, simply for this dish. To turn it into a southern African dish, use sadza/pap instead of fufu. For your east African version, use ugali (same as the aforementioned, just a different name).
Vegetarian option: don’t add meat/fish/chicken to your stew.

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Mehdi Sefrioui | Handing a Pink Slip to Fashion’s Black List

Moroccan photographer Mehdi Sefrioui debuts his photographic fashion editorial on Another Africa celebrating the black body, black men and mens’ fashion. A homage to his another Africa, where equality, beauty and agency co-exist. View more images on anotherafrica.net .

Source | anotherafrica.net

All images courtesy of the artist. All rights reserved.

Some of the stylish men photographed by Moroccan visual artist Hassan Hajjaj for his ‘My Rock Stars’ series.

The series highlights some of his personal inspirations in these eclectic and vibrant frames influenced by iconic African photobooth photographers and his North African heritage.

Aside from photographing his subjects and uniquely decorating each photograph, Hajjaj often dresses them up in clothes made by him and works with them to capture their individual personalities.

Some of the faces shown here are Nigerian musician Keziah Jones, Algerian singer Rachid Taha, British-Nigerian rapper Afrikan Boy, British fashion designerJoe Casely-Hayford, OBE, Moroccan musician Hassan Hakmoun and American singer Jose James.

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#CHAN2014 Updates: who’s through to the semi-finals?

After being down 0-3 againnst the Lions of the Atlas Mountains, Nigeria beat Morocco 4-3, scoring 3 goals in the second half and their winning goal in extra time, to make it through to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Zimbabwe made history for qualifying for the semi-finals round for the first time ever in the team’s history after beating Mali 2-1.

The heated match between Libya and Gabon saw the former team qualified by beating Gabon 4-2 in penalties.

Ghana’s 1-0 win, with a goal that came about as a result of a penalty kick, was regarded with a lot of controversy by many DR Congo fans on twitter who claim the ref did not handle the game fairly.

Upcoming matches: Semi-Finals (Weds. 25th Jan)

  • Libya vs Zimbabwe - 5pm CAT
  • Nigeria vs Ghana - 8:30 CAT

(all images via CAF)

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Zimbabwe and Morocco join Nigeria and Mali as both teams progressed to next stage of CAF / Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Burkina Faso and Uganda respectively. 

Nigeria beat hosts South Africa 3-1 on Sunday whilst Mali ousted Mozambique with a 2-1 defeat on the same day.

These four teams will meet each other at the quarter finals.
 

In filmmaker Karim Zoubir’s documentary for Al Jazeera’s Witness segment, we meet Casablanca-based divorced single mother and camerawoman Khadija. Although her family do not approve of Khadija’s profession as a wedding videographer as it keeps her away ‘til very later hours at night, she is the main breadwinner amongst them (she lives her parents, her brothers and her sister).

The realities of Khadija’s everyday life and unconventional profession, given the context of her environment, are so well captured in this near-50 minute peek inside of her world. From interactions with her closest friends and family, to potential clients and business partners.

Casablanca calling

Raphal Liais du Rocher and Yasmine Hatimi with Louis Philippe de Gagoue

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Moroccan Amazigh artist Chama Mechtaly uses her artistic gift to channel and pay homage to her Jewish-Amazigh heritage, a part of her that was once suppressed by Morocco’s Arabization policies and sentiments that took ground following the country’s independence from France and Spain.

These oil paintings of Jewish-Amazigh women are often inspired from French colonial portraits and for Chama, this form of historical self-discovery not only helps her to retrace her ancestral identity, but has also served as a way for her to reposition herself as an African, rather than an Arab, and therefore part of the larger indigenous African landscape.

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La Gazelle d’Or Hotel is located in the secluded city of Taroudant, Morocco. Opened in 1961, the hotel combines elements of Moroccan architecture and French interior design creating a luxurious mix of the old and the new. The hotel was recently describe by T Magazine as place to escape the real world and connect with the natural beauty of Morocco.

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A donkey transports naturally processed animal skins from a tannery in Fez, Morocco.

Dating as far back as the 11th century, the Chouara Tannery in Fez, Morocco is the oldest tannery in the world. Very little has changed in this historic site since then with much of the process of turning animal hides into usable leather, by washing, treating, smoothing, and coloring them, remaining the same. In this particular mode of tanning, the occupation of a tanner is considered one of the hardest, tiring and labour-intensive professions.

Using mainly sheep skin, goat skin, camel skin, and cow skin - goat and camel being the best quality - the tanning process is a lengthy one that requires great care and patience. Once the animal skins have been gathered, they are soaked in vasts that contain a mixture of cow urine, quicklime, water, and salt for up to three days, helping to loosen excess fat, flesh, and hair that remain on the skins.

Once cleaned, the skins are then laid out to dry on surrounding rooftops. When the skins are dry, they are washed and soaked in a mixture of water and pigeon stool making them supple and soft. Pigeon stool contains ammonia that acts as a softening agent, making the skin more malleable, and also loosens the animal hair from the skin. The tanner then uses their bare feet to knead the skins for up to three hours to achieve the desired softness.

Once optimum softness is achieved, the skins are then dyed using natural colorants such as poppy flower (red), indigo (blue), henna (orange), cedar wood (brown), mint (green), and saffron (yellow).

The skins are once again dried after which they are cut and sold for use for products such as bags and shoes.

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Women amazigh of the Rif, Morocco

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