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Phiona Okumu

Phiona Okumu

    Catwalking all the way out of Africa
    Catwalking all the way out of Africa
    Aamito Stecie Lagum sits perched on an armchair on the top floor of the Sheraton. Her spindly frame is not fully on...
    Tumi cranks up the volume
    Tumi cranks up the volume
    Tumi and the Volume were known for flying beneath the commercial radar for pretty much their entire decade-plus existence, despite a last-ditch...
    The Noisettes: Bring home the music, Shingai
    The Noisettes: Bring home the music, Shingai
    Shingai Shoniwa speaks exactly how she sings – smokey, syncopated south London – on Hey, Hey, the Dennis Ferrer-produced...
    Musicians of the diaspora get their global groove on
    Musicians of the diaspora get their global groove on
    If Fela Kuti hadn’t left Nigeria to study music in London in 1958, there would be no Afrobeat today. We talk to a globetrotting generation of...
    From viral fad to valid fame
    From viral fad to valid fame
    It has been more than two years since Just a Band's infamous breakthrough, buoyed by the –success of Makmende, a character in their video...