OkayAfrica | Alexander-Julian Gibbson Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Patoranking's New Music Video for 'Lenge Lenge'

“I think we're all a part of the aesthetic. As African culture becomes more and more widespread it's important that the story is told in full. African culture is not only about music. It's about fashion, dance, art and so much more and as these artists become globally recognized they will inevitably become the poster children for our rich culture. With that being said, it's crucial to have a supportive team of creatives behind them to help make sure that as they wear their countries on their back, the history these countries hold is portrayed accurately and in color.”

I spoke with Okay Africa to discuss working with Patoranking and putting together this homage moment to Fela Kuti and the 27 Kalakuta Queens .

Patoranking "Lenge Lenge" Music Video

Patoranking wearing Tolu Coker, models wearing FordamRowe, Studio 189, Eki Orleans, and Taylor Goldenberg

Patoranking wearing Tolu Coker, models wearing FordamRowe, Studio 189, Eki Orleans, and Taylor Goldenberg

Patoranking wearing Jeweled by Lisa Folawiyo

Patoranking wearing Jeweled by Lisa Folawiyo

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Kalakuta Queens

Since Patoranking’sLenge Lenge" was heavily inspired by Fela Kuti, we decided to bring to life the aesthetic of the Kalakuta Queens—the 27 women who served as Fela’s muses and inspiration. We executed this by pulling 27 women from all over the continent to portray the contemporary African woman while still holding heavy ties to traditional hair and makeup styles. 


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>> watch the full “Lenge Lenge” video here.

Mr. Porter's "Mr. P" x NY Mag's The CUT [II]

The CUT x Mr. P

featuring Ryan Scails

photographs by Travis Matthews

styled by Alexander-Julian

Styled four looks for an on-going series with Mr. Porter x NY Magazine’s The CUT utilizing all pieces from Mr. Porter’s “Mr. P” essentials collection.

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read the full article at TheCut.com >>

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Photography by Travis Matthews

Styling by Alexander-Julian

Art Direction by Sam Kim at New York Stories

Produced by Aydah Albaba

Grooming by Emily Amick