The Grammys, nan Oscars, SXSW and different awesome manufacture events bring group from astir nan world to 1 cardinal location. However, Dope Africans — an inaugural aiming to capable successful nan gaps and create spaces for achromatic and African manufacture stakeholders — is bringing nan destination to nan group by curating friendly and exclusive gatherings each complete nan world to link Africa’s astir influential creatives.
In collaboration pinch Prime Video’s Culture Rated, Dope Africans served arsenic a midpoint rendezvous astatine Paris Fashion Week (June 20-25, 2023) connected June 22 for apical talent specified arsenic Asake, Serge Ibaka, Fally Ipupa and John Monopoly.
Also successful attendance: manufacture giants specified arsenic Hussein Suleiman, co-founder of Daily Paper; Abdul Abdullah, Afro Future’s (previously known arsenic Afrochella) founder; Shaquille Harrison of nan NBA Lakers and Hussein Suleiman, co-founder of Daily Paper.
The gathering was hosted by Massah David and Miatta Johnson of MVD INC. and co-hosted by Unik Ernest and Justina Omokhua.
Party-goers gathered astatine Le Majestic Club successful Paris and were greeted by an impeccably-dressed staff, who guided them done nan hidden gem: an entranceway disguised arsenic a topaz chromatic wall. As they ventured further, a corridor adorned pinch ceramic walls, stained solid windows, and lush indoor foliage served arsenic nan backdrop for scintillating sets from globally acclaimed DJs Siobhan Bell and Uncle Waffles.
British Jamaican DJ Siobhan Bell mesmerized audiences pinch her unsocial fusion of Afro and Jersey nine beats, a reflection of her Afro-Carribean roots. Her group besides offered unexpected moments of classical afrobeat jams pinch Jersey nine remixes layered underneath nan vocals.
Uncle Waffles, credited for helping globalize South African music, dazzled nan crowd pinch her signature amapiano vibes and creation moves. Her group included galore Afro-house-infused tracks from her debut EP “Red Room Dragon” (2022) and her latest effort “Asylum” (2023).
One of nan main goals of Dope Africans is nan opportunity to web successful an effort to summation nan community’s visibility and footprint successful nan intermezo business. The marque has specialized successful activations during Grammy weekend, BET Awards weekend, and different intermezo tentpoles and has plans to grow to different sectors and markets astir nan globe later this year.
In business pinch YouTube Music, Dope Africans was launched successful 2019 by MVD INC., a female-led, world imaginative agency pinch high-profile clients ranging from Netflix, Essence, and nan Recording Academy to Mary J. Blige, Def Jam, and Warner Bros. Their first arena welcomed entertainers including French Montana, Fireboy DML, Serge Ibaka, Olamide, Jidenna, Wale, and more.