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#3 – Color Pop

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#3 – Color Pop

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Afropolitain #3 – Color Pop – Print

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Color Pop

Not so long ago, I was browsing the web in search of ideas for an article when I came across a short afrobeat dancing video, made in Japan! It felt good to see evidence of the point we have been hammering since our first issue. Africa is taking over global pop culture. To those who may not know the Japanese are known for being in the vanguard of trends rooted in fashion and tradition. Otaku culture is a genuine time capsule of each every subject. Our elders will remind us that Japanese interest in African culture is nothing new, they crossed the path of Congolese musicians like “Zaiko” and “Papa Wemba” in the 80’s. Indeed, they even had their own branch of sapeurs and groups like “Yoka Choc” singing rumba in Lingala but it was a niche interest based on a particular subculture in a certain region of the country. The phenomenons we are currently witnessing are groundbreaking because western countries at large are picking the brain of the whole continent of Africa not just a specific population or a region for African cultural influence. In the grand scheme of things these occurances will shed light on a lot of great inventions discovered in our beloved continent whether it is scientific research in Morocco, fashion in Liberia, or eco-industrial initiatives in Benin from prodigal sons coming back to Africa. Either way, this particular issue of Afropolitain magazine will emphasize on these facts that are making history. It is time for Africa to shine! The odds were once against us yet we always knew we would rise again and for once we are more than proud to claim “We told you so!”