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I am a 24-year-old African from Hackney and it repulses me to think that I nearly let my love for reading and writing slip away. Growing up in an area seen as urban or the ‘hood’ can strip you of all your creativity and belief if you let it, think of it as a negotiation where you and the adversities that come with it battle it out for your integrity, emotion, time, and morals. I allow myself to trip over these hurdles, so I sympathise with people running the same race without the family and friends I have, its hard...

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This is a new wave of young UK designers intent on launching reputable streetwear brands off the back of their strong, African upbringing. The two reigning champs at separate ends of the clothing spectrum: Jai Eleven of [Nothing] and Christopher Kutoya of 1 Figures – are both currently in their element. Endorsing the grime-scene saviours and cultural innovators of our time, the names include the good one Lancey Fouxx, wolf Yxng Bane, Ghetts, Kojey Radical, Aj Tracy, Bonkaz, Kojo Funds, SNE, Frenzy, Dave… you get the picture. Africa’s cultural influence is undeniably breaking through in the UK. Chris Kutoya of 1Figures clothing is another headliner of the...

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23-year-old Christopher Kutoya from Hackney, East London is the founder and creative director of the 1Figures clothing line. The recent Criminology and Youth Studies graduate has managed to successfully combine his studies with running a profitable business – no easy feat. We sat down with him after the conclusion of their 3rd Annual pop up sale, which launched their new AW18 collection Tell us the history of 1F? – What made you start the brand, what does it mean? Where does it originate from? Making clothes and fashion has been something I’ve been extremely passionate about, my earliest experiences stemmed...

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Frenzy, releases a fourth single to close off the three amazing singles he has released over the summer! This single is entitled "Dashiki Foreign" which Frenzy described through his Instagram account (Frenzyuk) by posting two pictures of the late great Fela Kuti. The first picture caption was "Scrutiny towards your culture is self-harm". The second picture caption was "There is only one version of you, celebrate that!". Frenzy uses "Dashiki Foreign to express how good it feels to be authentic. Listen here via Frenzy' Soundcloud

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