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Young, fashionable and made in Dakar
Three young fashion designers on being creative and running fashion houses in Dakar.
The rhythm of weaving in Senegal
French weaver and designer Johanna Bramble talks us through tradition and texture in her Senegalese studio.
Design Indaba to collaborate with IKEA
Design Indaba is proud to announce a collaboration with global homeware giant IKEA, set to launch at the Design Indaba Festival 2017.
Photographer Siaka Soppo Traoré creates a bridge between two urban cultures
These expressive photographs capture the feeling of hip hop culture in Dakar and Douala.
Antoine Tempé: Documenting West African culture
French photographer Antoine Tempé has been living in Dakar, Senegal and works on portraits and documenting contemporary West African culture.
Dakar's Creatives: A photo series that captures the city's movers and shakers
In this photographic series by Jean Baptiste Joire we see Dakar's young creative agents in places in the city that inspire them.
Ibaaku: Creating unique African beats
While in Dakar, we talked to Senegalese music producer Ibaaku about his hypnotic afro-beats.
Contemporary ceramics capture the African heritage
Senegalese ceramicist Fatimata Ly creates contemporary products with a strong sense of African heritage.
Senegalese sneakers by Nio Far
Nnema, which means comfort, is the latest collection by Senegalese shoe brand Nio Far by Milcos.
Modern art that celebrates the African heritage
Travel and experiences in Africa gave French artist Doline Legrand Diop an artistic mission.
Senegalese village is thriving because of this one building
Thread Artists’ Residency and Cultural Centre fosters creativity and enterprise in a remote village in Senegal.
A taste of Dakar with a touch of nostalgia
This recent winter campaign was shot by South African photographer Rudi Geyser against the backdrop of Dakar's old train station.
Producer Ibaaku on the avant-garde in Senegal
Alien Cartoon marked the birth of a new wave of music in Senegal. Its creator Ibaaku tells us about what inspired the album.
Four ways Africa can influence design
A core theme of the What Design Can Do conference explores what Africa can do for Europe. These are the experts called upon for answers.
Welcome to Wes Africa: A new fashion campaign with a touch of nostalgia
Online fashion store Superbalist presents a Wes Anderson-inspired cinematic winter campaign shot in Dakar, Senegal. We'd like to share it with you.
Senegalese inventor is empowering communities through solar power
Dubbed as Senegal’s “Mr. Sun”, Abdoulaye Touré has been designing solar powered ovens since the 1990s and is now taking his solar powered dreams across Africa.
Ousmane Mbaye turns discarded metals into sculptural furniture
Digging through the landfills of Dakar, Ousmane Mbaye sees design materials where others see trash.
Photographer documents the unseen life of Senegal’s talibes
Photojournalist Mario Cruz’s photobook explores the harsh lives of Senegal’s modern child slaves.
Laye Samb moves minds through illustration
Senegalese artist Laye Samb takes a satirical and sometimes dark look at everyday life in Africa.
A garden that stretches across Africa
The Great Green Wall of Africa will be the biggest man-made marvel in the world once completed.
Al Hamra is an earth brick farmhouse located away from the buzzing capital of Senegal
The architects were faced with the challenge of building a livable home in a seemingly hostile environment.
Artist creates sculptural furniture from discarded tyres
This Senegalese artist finds scrap tyres to turn into functional pieces of furniture.
An arts cultural centre in remote Senegal
The Sinthian Cultural Centre, built in the remote Senegalese village of Sinthian, is intended to be an artist residency
An Uber-like SMS service is transforming Dakar's unsanitary pit latrine system
The new and environmentally friendly way of emptying poop from pit latrines is cutting sanitation service costs for locals in Senegal's capital city.
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