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he sustainability Issue features four unique diverse creative talents such as Bina, Rebecca Winter, Umay-mah and Charlii. All the clothing featuring is from sustainable fashion brands from the clothes worn to de-signers featured they are all committed to creating a sustainable world where we use less create more and make a difference! These designer leading the way are Boresa Kotomah, horse.of.a.differnt. colour, Toomuch, Anyango Mpinga, Revival Ldn, Quillattire, Dixie Graze and Anciela LDN.

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ustainability is more important now more than ever, the fashion industry contributes significantly to climate change through fast fashion, burning of disused clothes and landfills. Our lifestyles are fast; our fashion is fast; our news and information are fast, and it’s no longer sustainable. In the Sustainability issue, we meet the creative minds and artists that through their work, are slowing things down. Whether its music, fashion or activism everyone featured in this issue has decided to think first, then create, about the impact not only what their music or fashion will have but also what it says about them and our society. THIS IS THE SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE.


meet the people that make it possible!

J S B S T N M N K L oseph Osayande Director and a bit fo everything am Adegunle - Deputy Editor and Writer

ianca Pacifico - illustrator and graphic Design aron Solomon - Photogrpahy

uฤŸรงe Sรถnmez - Designer and Styling uh Said - Styling

egane Adekunle - Writer athan Tuft - Writer yle Gonsalves - Writer auren Murray - MUA


CASHMERE TEARS REVIEW A TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW

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WORDS BY Kyle Gonsalves

started with this quote because I feel it has so much relevance to this album, I feel this is Mr.Radicals penultimate project to perfection. Three albums deep and “Cashmere Tears” may well be his “Off the Wall” project but he has a Thriller in him, you’ve been warned. If “God’s body” hadn’t shown you, Kojey is an artist not just a rapper, not just a singer & not just a writer; he is a fully-fledged creative with the ability to tell you a story beyond words and waves, this is art done right! Smooth, Sexy and Special (Unique).

his two singles as track 2 & 3 was a smart move, and I encourage all artists to do it.

I’ve had time to let the message of 2020 sink in and now to hear it in place in the album it makes sense. I wasn’t the biggest fan of it when the single dropped; A similar thing happened when Kendrick Lamar dropped “I” a few months after TPAB dropped, and now it’s one of my favourite Kenny tunes. As a 26-year-old artist with ten years+ In the music industry I feel I can relate to this song more than a punter would, however, it doesn’t mean Where do I begin? Possibly the best intro the concept can’t appeal to anyone; it is a uniI’ve heard from Kojey yet, all though Utopia versal concept, and I feel that is why it works. & Footsteps are incredible pieces of music, Where Do I Begin is a fantastic piece of The concept of “Can’t go back” is also a very music and is an excellent introduction to this relatable and universal theme, especially in project and Kojey. The marching band drums, today’s world. A theme that continued through the prominence of the trumpets are not even the next two tracks on the album making Can’t drowned out by Kojey or his story. Instead, it Go Back my favourite. When I saw the single blends like the silky threads of his clothing. My drop earlier in the year I didn’t immediately ears have been blessed with the album for a fall in love with it, but over time It really grew month, and I feel the hook is engrained into on me, particularly the lyrics in the hook. The my head. “Where Do I begin H - O - X, T overall message of the song seems to show - O - N is where I been” That and the horns re- us Kojey is here for good, he will not and can spond to the call of his voice with such grace. not go back to his past life before the music and the touring. A starving artist is precisely Moving through the album, you see Kojey an- that. Hungry for anything, not just food, money swer the question that haunts all of us mod- and work, sometimes we can be hungry for ern artists; Where do you place the singles in emotion as a lot of artists suffer from mental a project? I think psychologically speaking health issues. Music is life for us artists, muhe made the best choice, we crave comfort sic is love and vibrations connect us, and I and familiarity as humans, we are creatures of feel this song encapsulates the juxtaposition. habit. So to have 2020 and Can’t Go Back


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lthough I’m sure some artists were collaborating on this project, Sugar is the only one with a stated feature. Amaarae and Kojey swerve their tones back and forth in the hook like a sewing needle creating a suave silk shirt. - “Persistent p**** Pleaser my posture Harry Pinero” - Is probably my favourite line of the whole album and one of the only times I’ve heard somebody speak about an influencer in their music, especially with such exciting alliteration. The culture is ours. This album has the writing we deserve, and this is more than music.

Eleven is the closest thing to “a filler track” this album offers, that’s not to say it is a filler track nor even a bad track. The first half of the track itself is pretty simple, and that is my main reason for labelling it the way I have. However, the lyrical structure of the verses is my favourite on the album, the progression of the track is also well done,

Cashmere Tears is easily one of my favourite tracks on the album, and not just because Swindle is one of my favourite UK producers. The constant reminder in the hook that “I liiiiike that” is the first reason. My second is both the lyrics and music are arranged so well, the structure of the song although basic is basically perfect. In my honest opinion, although the whole album is fantastic and I’m sure other tracks could be also be considered timeless. I predict that this is the one I will listen to in 10 years and know it is timeless

“Feel about it” is the longest track on the album, placed coincidently next to the shortest, it also feels the most cinematic. I would love to see a video for this one as it is quite a dramatic piece and can almost picture Kojey while listening to this track.

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The next track is easily another one of my favourites; it is almost like an interlude to the end and in my personal opinion should have been the outro, it is beautiful short and sweet.

“Last Night” is a brilliant end to the album all though it’s not personally my favourite track I can see how others would like it, I’m quite picky when it comes to projects, and it is hard to nail both intro and outro. Refereeing to God as a woman gets Hours is almost like a B-Side to Cashmere Tears an honourable mention in the review as the two go together very well, and I see why does the last line “What do we do now?” they are sonic neighbours. There is a reflective overtone within the lyrics, an active melodic Being only 30 minutes, ten tracks and line and an element of smooth funk. The struc- well structured it’s replay value is almost ture of this song is unique; It has Kojey with his priceless in today’s oversaturated world. usual relaxed vibes for 8 bars or so to which Overall the album is a massive is then smoothly interrupted by some beautiful progression for Kojey and what I love vocals which I can only assume is also Kojey. to see artists do: adapting, changing The “3rd act” of this song is my favourite with and trying new things. It is my favourite from him so far, and I’ve enjoyed a suspenseful bridge into more singing and album every one of my umpteenth listens. some call and response brass to see us out.

“I don’t like generalising myself as a UK artist to be honest because I feel like I have that international prospect, so I could see myself being the biggest artist in the world, not just in the UK.


What made you decide to take mu- port their own friends because they’re dosic seriously? ing better. People don’t want to see me do

“The fact that it was the only way I could actually express how I felt. I was never really good with just talking. I had so many things going through my mind and I’d never know how to express it, I’m bipolar in a way so I get feels real quick over like different things and people used to judge me for it and they would never understand so I thought the easiest way for someone to understand is if they just listen to it. Sonically you always listen to a melody but not just that melody you’re listening to the feeling of the track. That’s really what got me into it.”

something different to whatever the norm is because it’s something new, like “why are you venturing into American territory? You’re in the UK.” Well, it actually doesn’t matter, it’s trivial. Music is art and if you appreciate art then you’d appreciate my music no matter what country you’re from. Like cool, I live in the UK, I’m about the UK, and I’m making my music in the UK, but it’s just one of those ones where if I can’t then I can’t…someone else is going to accept me somewhere else. That’s the way I look at it, but in this instance I’m definitely trying to take over the UK because I feel like that’s definitely something on the Your sound is different to most agenda.” UK artists, where do you see it in the UK music scene?

“I don’t like generalising myself as a UK artist to be honest because I feel like I have that international prospect, so I could see myself being the biggest artist in the world, not just in the UK. I’m a guy who likes pressure, I’m a guy who likes experimenting, you can’t even categorise my music in just certain genres. With Apple Music and Spotify, they find it hard to put me in playlists sometimes because they don’t know what genre I am, but I appreciate that because myself and Diego - my producer - we’re experimenting with it. We just take in music because we want to be [mentioned with] the greats. I want to be a legend, that’s exactly where I’m going with it.” Do you feel that it’s harder for people to appreciate your sound in the UK?

“It’s not that it’s hard, it’s just people in general. People don’t necessarily want to sup-

You’ve been compared to Travis Scott, do you think that might become a problem later when you start getting more recognition?

“That’s always going to happen. No great person has never been compared. Travis Scott once was compared to A$AP [Rocky] and A$AP was compared to Travis. I might be up for the same thing now on a smaller scale but at the end of the day people are going to know who I am when it’s time for me to fully establish myself as Houston X. Travis Scott is wavey, I’m happy they’re comparing me to him. That’s my idol, so for them to compare me to him, I love it.”

“God. I give it all to God. That’s literally all I can say I have a sound mind; I have the ability and I believe that whatever I put my mind to I can do it. “


Your songs like “The Forest” and “Mayfair” are quite dark. What inspired them?

“’Mayfair’ is my life. That was [about] me and my ex. It was a crazy love story where I had to kidnap her in a way and then deliver her back. I was in London at the time, so I called it Mayfair. The whole story of what happened anyway was dark. With ‘The Forest’, it wasn’t even my ex but me and my girlfriend right now. We weren’t together when I did the track, but we were going through ups and downs like trying to meet up because she lived in Austria and I lived here so it was always just games. I metaphorically killed her in the forest, and I hid all my secrets there and she is a secret I don’t want anyone to know. Being in the forest is a hidden place, its dark, so what’s more eerie and sinister than a forest?” So, would you say most of your songs are from personal experiences?

“If it’s not [drawn from] a personal experience, then how is someone who is going through a situation similar to mine going to overcome it? I’m expressing my feelings, so you don’t necessarily have to. With the visuals as well, I wanted it to be dark. To be honest I’m more of a dark fantasy guy, it’s weird but that’s just who I am. With the vibe of the track obviously you have to fit it in with the vibe of the video and I always write my videos with my script, so everything is written by me, everything is directed by me in a way because like I said I want to make sure you experience everything that I’m feeling or what I want you to feel.”

can say. I have a sound mind; I have the ability and I believe that whatever I put my mind to I can do it. There’s no stopping me. There are people going to a meeting at 2AM, then going to the studio for six hours and then going to another press meeting. What makes me not able to go to Uni, study and have different back up plans? The time I have now I’m young, so I have energy and I going to do whatever I’ve got to do while I got the energy.” In terms of music, what’s next for you?

“I have a project coming out at the start of next year called In Search of Paradise (ISOP). It’s going to be crazy, like no song sounds the same and that’s how I’ve always been. It’s always been me and Diego. Everything has to be done properly. Sometimes I’m not going to be there when he’s mixing a track, so we’ll Skype each other and we’ll talk about things to continue the creative process and that’s exactly what we did for that project. There was an actual album that I had out last year, and I actually had to take down. Songs were crazy. No one actually knows what these songs are anymore, but people know about this tape. I’m going to add some new stuff, change little things and probably take away some songs as well because as I’m growing my music is growing.” What do you hope to achieve in the future?

“I want to have my headline show, at least 1,500 people. I also want to do Wireless maybe in two years and I want to make music with the Americans – and move out there at some How do you balance everything? point. That’s definitely where I could see myself “God. I give it all to God. That’s literally all I going because that’s my sound, that’s me.”

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A DESIGNER WITH A GOAL. Anyango Mpinga

Ayango Mpinga, the Kenyan designer, is a designer who puts Africa and Activism at the core of all her designs. Her designs and activism work, shine a light on neglected parts of African culture and society.


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DIXIEGRAZE

WHY DID YOU START DIXIEGRAZE/ INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BRAND?

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’ve always been into creative things, such as sewing and DIY’s around the house. I studied fashion and pattern cutting and always knew I wanted to work within fashion somehow. Eventually I started to just customise jewellery for myself, I would buy something but not like a small detail about it so I would just change it to my liking. One day I just started to post pictures of what i had made, this was the very early days of Instagram. There was barely any “Instagram boutiques” or anything like that then, like it is now. People wanted to know where the jewellery i wore was from, and I was like “I’ve just made it myself” thinking nothing more of it, i mean i had no idea how to sell or how to even go about starting a business, so it wasn’t even like i posted it with the intent of trying to sell it, it just eventually grew into a business organically. After some time the requests to purchase got overwhelming so I just had to open an online shop. But never in a million years did i think it would actually become a real legit business that i could even make a living of off. But here we are today.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MAKING JEWELLERY OR CREATING ACCESSORIES? Started making jewellery well over 10 years ago but started dixiegraze officially in 2013, so it’s been about 7 , almost 8 years now. WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF CREATING YOUR JEWELLERY AND WHAT MOTIVATES, YOU Honestly just design things I want to wear myself, I have to love it in order to sell it. Some of my pieces are curated from wholesalers but I don’t just follow trends or put out stuff because it’s popular or because of hype. It’s a genuine love and passion behind what I do. And quality is very important to me too. I test every material I use and I work very closely with my manufactures to ensure quality is always at the highest standard. I’m very inspired by different cultures and even architecture, it can be anything from the details of a building: the swirls, the texture and patterns is what translates into some of my jewellery. I love details a lot, I like to use different textured chains and for all my pendants to have unique shapes with tiny details.

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO OWN YOUR OWN BRAND, AND HOW’S IT BEEN GOING? It’s amazing! I’m honestly so blessed to do what I love for a living. Sometimes it feels surreal. It of course has it’s up and downs but the good always outweighs the bad. And even the bad is good for you because that’s the way you learn in life. And I’m still to this day learning new things. That’s the best part, there is always something new to learn, especially with the way technology and social media is constantly moving forward. Which of course plays a huge part of any e-commerce business. H O W D I D T H E C AT C O L L A B O R AT I O N COME ABOUT? I was contacted by a PR agency, they had presented a couple of brands to CAT and Urban Outfitters and they let me know I was their top selection, so I was very gassed about that. So of course I had to say yes. It’s very different for me because I’ve never done anything similar before and as far as I’m aware no brand or retailer has done shoe jewellery like this before. We worked on the collection for months, it was a lot of stress but the end result and response was better than we all could have imagined. So I’m excited to see what other opportunities will come from this next


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS TRYING TO SET UP THEIR OWN BRAND?

all. It really affects you mentally which people don’t understand. You feel like someone has robbed and violated you.

Well one of the biggest misconceptions is that “everyone is doing that” or that a specific field is already over saturated but the truth is there is room for everyone to win, there is always a gap to fill. Especially now with so many young black entrepreneurs starting businesses and rapidly growing, we need more of that for sure.I mean people still shop in both Tesco and Sainsbury’s right? Even though they sell literally the same products. So It’s never too late to start or even sell something that already exist. Your product doesn’t have to be new, just unique and in demand. That’s really it!

Unfortunately with the design industry it’s only so much you can do when people copy you, even with copyright as long as the smallest detail is different from the original design you basically can’t even sue someone. It’s all mad. So dealing with that has been an ongoing struggle for me for years.

WHATS SOME THE MAIN PITFALLS YOU HAVE OVERCOME OR PROBLEMS YOU HAVE FACED SURROUNDING YOUR BRAND?

I think dealing with overall losses, which is just part of any business really, but you gotta be willing to deal with that. If you aren’t then you aren’t ready to run a business. You will have small failures on the way and financial losses but in the end how you bounce back from that will define how well your business will continue to grow. The worst part though, is probably dealing with copycats, from smaller brands to major retailers. I’ve had it

But nowadays I try not to let it bother me and just keep on pushing with new and better designs. At the end of the day these copycats will always be one step behind and they won’t be able to keep up forever. It’s funny because it’s usually my followers and customers that always keeps me in check and notice when they spot a fake design somewhere, they’ll message me to let me know, and that alone honestly helps me feel better, knowing that they see something and instantly know “that’s actually a dixiegraze design or thats Dixiegraze’s photo” (because people steal my photos too).

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HOW TO BECOME A WOMEN OF GOLD

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Do your research when it comes to all legal aspects (business registration, copyright/trademarks and taxes etc)

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Rebecca Winter words by Megane Akundabo

“The blessings are endless and I’m just so grateful because I feel like Since choosing to With future projects I really do work hard for it and focus solely on music, lined up and a second people are really going to see Rebecca has gone on to award nomination for what Rebecca Winter is about.” achieve many amazing Breakthrough Musician things. She won her first at the …, it’s safe to Rare features “Vibe” as award for ‘Best Female say that Rebecca is on Artist’ at the Legacy Awards well as collaborations with the right path, despite the 2019 and has opened for dancehall artist Doktor journey’s challenges. The Davido Wande Coal and and Nigerian vocalist singer still reminds us that the aforementioned Burna Jimmi Abduls who she if you’re passionate, do Boy; which has helped both admires and looks your research, work hard her widen her audience. up to. Not only is this the and have faith, it’s possible In her words? “You get singer’s first major project, to get to where you want given an opportunity, you it’s also the world’s first to go. “It doesn’t matter do it well and then another real introduction to who where you come from, opportunity comes as a Rebecca is as an artist and you can get to where you result.” The burgeoning human being. “I feel like want to be and do really artist has caught the people have heard a lot of well, so I just hope people attention of notable figures music from me but they still look at my journey and are in the industry such as don’t know what type of inspired. I never thought that Wyclef Jean, Lilly Allen and artist I am because I have I’d encounter these people Grammy award winning so many different types of that I’m in contact with but producer Brian Soko – music, but the EP literally hey, we just thank God! He who worked with Rebecca touches on every single has just been blessing me genre that I incorporate in recently, I feel like doors on her debut EP Rare. my music. Like the dancehall, are really opening for me afrobeat, bashment [and] left, right and centre. the UK afro-swing type side[s] of me. It’s a Rebecca Winter twist on all of those things.”


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Nuprint is a unique digital video and Instagram based magazine aimed at creatives and entrepreneurs at all stages! Our most recent issue is...