Rwanda's Finest for Travel and Leisure

Rwanda's Finest for Travel and Leisure

From filmmakers in Nigeria to fashion designers in Senegal, Africa’s creative scene is bursting at the seams. And Rwanda, whose inspiring postwar transformation has ushered in a new wave of inventiveness, has a global influence that cannot be denied. So what is the picture of Rwanda that this new generation is painting? And how are these young talents building a creative community from the ground-up? To find out, I hit the streets of the capital city Kigali in search of the creatives that are writing the country’s next chapter.

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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.