THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF AFRICAN PRINTS ON POP CULTURE
Posted on 06 September 2018
The African culture is very versatile, comprising of various tribes with unique culture and characteristics.
It is conveyed through cuisine, tradition and religion, languages, clothing, music, arts and crafts.
Over the last decades, we have seen the African culture penetrate Hollywood, slowly but surely.
The African print, for one, have become the go to outfit for our celebrities. They are seen rocking these fabrics on the red carpet and casually.
These African patterned attires, native to specific parts of Africa, constitute bold colours and tribal prints that often symbolize elements of African culture and their environment.
They come in different forms such as Kente, Adire, Ukara, Ankara, Akwete, Shweshwe, Chitenge.
More frequently, we have been seeing these African prints penetrate the music industry.
African American artists are proudly representing their roots by wearing them.
3 Songs Influenced by African Print in Pop Culture
1. Freak Me by Ciara
Ciara recently collaborated with Nigeria's very own Tekno to release a summer hit, Freak Me.
Not only is she seen with her dancers wearing the African print, they also incorporated some African dance moves into their choreography.
2. Made for Now by Janet Jackson
Ms. Jackson made a come back with this jam. Like Ciara, she is seen with her dancers wearing different African print dresses in different styles.
Popular IG comedian BlameItOnKway recently did a skit with Ms Jackson to honour song by Micheal Jackson's 17th year.
The video featured Ms Jackson and other actors dancing and acting in different African print fabrics, from the Kente to the Ankara.
3. Distance by Omarion
In 2017, renowned American musician Omarion shot a beautiful video of the song,''Distance'' in the heart of South Africa using locals for the shoot. The video showed the wonders of S.A and the intricate patterns of several African Prints used as costumes for the Video were astounding.
The African Prints aren't just seen in music videos, but in movies thoo.
From Pacific Rim Uprising to Black Panther and so much more, actors are seen flourishing in the African print.
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