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REUP – THE RECENT RELEASES YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO Magazine REUP – THE RECENT RELEASES YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO

REUP has been on a little hiatus but we're back keeping you up to date with everything new you need to add to your playlist from Zino Vinci to Ray Laurel.

by SHENELL Dec 2, 2022
R&B Trio kid apollo Make Music That “Feels Like Home” Editorials R&B Trio kid apollo Make Music That “Feels Like Home”

Picture yourself after a wild night out, exhausted, a cup of tea in hand, wrapped in a warm blanket, the light of the moon seeping through your curtains intertwining with the gradually changing colours of your Amazon LED light bulb. Now picture this playing in the background.  Reading raised, South London based trio Kid Apollo […]

by SHENELL Nov 25, 2022
The BreakDown : Santino Le Saint’s ‘No More Icons?’
Interviews The BreakDown : Santino Le Saint’s ‘No More Icons?’

24 year old Brixton Native Santino Le Saints most recent project 'No More Icons?' is a blend of flawless vocals, unwavering rock star energy and vulnerable storytelling. Le Saint takes us through the locations, the people and life experiences laced within the sonics of the 7 track EP.

by SHENELL Nov 23, 2022
PREMIER: Kadiata – Journey [@kadiata]
Music PREMIER: Kadiata – Journey [@kadiata]

South London based artist and producer Kadiata Premiers the music video for his latest single 'Journey'. Featuring some of London's best creatives he has the honor of calling family.

by SHENELL Nov 22, 2022
Strandz on New Single ‘Us Against The World’, The Importance of Community & Authenticity Interviews Strandz on New Single ‘Us Against The World’, The Importance of Community & Authenticity

The Croydon based artist and #GUAP30 cover star is a pioneer in the UK’s upcoming rap scene - steering away from the expected world of drill and grime Strandz’ nostalgic, classic flow and sound inspired by the old school NY hip hop he listened to as a growing up - has captured the streets. 

by SHENELL Nov 16, 2022
REUP: THE RECENT RELEASES YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO Five For Friday REUP: THE RECENT RELEASES YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO

WE'RE STILL DIVING INTO THE DEEPEST DARKEST CORNERS OF THE MUSICAL OCEAN TO BRING YOU OUR CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF NEW RELEASES - BUT WE'RE JUST WIDENING THE SCOPE A LITTLE. HERE'S 7 NEW TRACKS YOU SHOULD TAP INTO FROM SOPHIE FAITH TO SKAII WATER.

by SHENELL Nov 4, 2022
Less Talking, by Gabriel Dedji Arts & Culture Less Talking, by Gabriel Dedji

Real togetherness is an elusive force which is painstaking to achieve but euphoric to
experience. It is the process of community being formed, new moments being shared and a singular goal being pursued. It is complemented by self-reflection, which reveals to us that we are best defined as being a part of wide, inclusive community than closed, fixed identities. We are liberated by togetherness. This is the Less Talking ethos.

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Nov 1, 2022
The emerging inclusivity toward the LGBT Community in Modern Rap Culture Music The emerging inclusivity toward the LGBT Community in Modern Rap Culture

EARLIER THIS YEAR, RAPPER ISAIAH RASHAD’S UNEXPECTED OUTING REVEALED THE CURRENT ATTITUDE OF THE HIP-HOP COMMUNITY TOWARD QUEERFOLK. RASHAD RECEIVED A SURPRISINGLY WHOLESOME RESPONSE, BEING MET WITH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE DESPITE THE INDUSTRY’S REPUTATION FOR UNAPOLOGETIC HOMOPHOBIA. THERE IS A DISCUSSION TO BE HAD ABOUT HOW PREJUDICED BELIEFS ARE ON THE DECLINE AMONGST RAP ARTISTS AND THEIR AUDIENCES.

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Oct 31, 2022
ON OUR RADAR : SIE [@itsmepevensie] Music ON OUR RADAR : SIE [@itsmepevensie]

The formula of pairing miscellaneous videos of trees and sunsets or friends dancing with unreleased tracks and text captions has become popular on TikTok. It's easy to scroll past but once you hear the softly stacked harmonies and soothing R&B beats of SIE you'd be wrong to let it pass without listening further.

by SHENELL Oct 25, 2022
Contemporary Brazillian artist Luedji Luna on her Jazz Cafe debut, The Afro-Brazillian Diasporic experience and Motherhood. Editorials Contemporary Brazillian artist Luedji Luna on her Jazz Cafe debut, The Afro-Brazillian Diasporic experience and Motherhood.

Returning to the international stage, Luedji Luna, one of North Eastern Brazil’s most exciting contemporary artists. We sat down with her after her sold out Jazz Café debut to talk motherhood, nature and how Brazilian politics influences her work.

Words by: Justine Farrant

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Oct 21, 2022

Fashion

GUAP’s 30 Under 30 is back with its 5th edition of The BLACKLIST with @adidasUK Arts & Culture GUAP’s 30 Under 30 is back with its 5th edition of The BLACKLIST with @adidasUK

The BLACKLIST returns for its fifth year celebrating Black talent across an array of different industries supported by adidas. It’s HERE. The BLACKLIST 2022 has arrived. Firstly, thank you for rocking with us. If we take a trip down memory lane, 5 years ago we started The BLACKLIST to showcase individuals we felt like deserved […]

by ALERO HELENA Oct 20, 2022
Best Hairstyles at the GUAP GALA 2022 Fashion Best Hairstyles at the GUAP GALA 2022

There were so many creative hairstyles at the GUAP Gala. The fairytale & folklore theme meant that there were lots of tiaras, top hats and crowns, but that wasn’t all. We had a floor length feathery durag, a crystallised moon-and-stars head piece and beautiful, elaborate structures created using hair. Take a look at some of […]

by RASHIDA Oct 18, 2022
Best Makeup at the GUAP Gala 2022 [@ashleyverse @h4y44t @kwajohousing @wsa195] Fashion Best Makeup at the GUAP Gala 2022 [@ashleyverse @h4y44t @kwajohousing @wsa195]

With fairytale and folklore as the theme for the GUAP Gala this year, guests had a lot to play with when it came to makeup. We saw butterfly tooth gems, diamanté eye lashes, golden beards and real flowers stuck on cheekbones. Here are some of our favourite makeup looks. Which do you like best? Want […]

by RASHIDA Oct 14, 2022
Best Sustainable Outfit at the GUAP Gala Fashion Best Sustainable Outfit at the GUAP Gala

The world is on fire. Natural disasters are on the rise and the fashion industry is responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than international flights and shipping combined. Increasingly, people are starting to think about sustainability, environmental preservation and up-cycling with the outfit choices they make. We were on the lookout for the best sustainable […]

by RASHIDA Oct 12, 2022
The Best Dressed at GUAP GALA 2022 Fashion The Best Dressed at GUAP GALA 2022

GUAP Gala – What a night! Our fairytale and folklore theme had people bringing all of the high fantasy, costume and creativity, from feathered Durag trains to cowrie shell suits. Here’s a look at some of our favourite outfits from the night. Who do you think should win Best Dressed?

by LETTY-ROSE SMITH Oct 9, 2022
THE WINNERS FROM THE GUAP GALA 2022 Fashion THE WINNERS FROM THE GUAP GALA 2022

GUAP’s ethereal fairytale-themed gala took place on Friday 7th October at the Natural History Museum. The night itself made history, setting a clear precedent for how we should celebrate underrepresented creatives, in the befitting month of black history. The night began with guests showcasing their elaborate fairytale & folklore-inspired garments on a buzzing red carpet […]

by LETTY-ROSE SMITH Oct 9, 2022
Dr. Martens X NTS Takeover Brick Lane to Celebrate the New Generation of Music Arts & Culture Dr. Martens X NTS Takeover Brick Lane to Celebrate the New Generation of Music

Dr.Martens have always had a central position in London’s fashion culture - being a brand symbolic of rebellion, youth and authenticity. So when they joined forces with NTS Radio for their 'BOOT FAIR' it was bound to be nothing short of all three!

by SHENELL Sep 16, 2022
The V&A Africa Fashion Exhibition –  A love letter to the African Renaissance Fashion The V&A Africa Fashion Exhibition – A love letter to the African Renaissance

The influence of African talent is immeasurable, and the last few years have seen the continent go through a shift where the once untapped and ignored creative scene now has all eyes on it. From artists selling out major stadiums like the O2 and Madison Square Garden to designers receiving prestigious awards from the global fashion industry; the innovation of this new generation of African talent is being recognised on a level never seen before- something that the V&A’s Africa Fashion exhibition is doing.

by SAYO OLUKOGA Aug 26, 2022

Arts & culture

15 emerging photographers, a seven-day course, and only two days to shoot Arts & Culture 15 emerging photographers, a seven-day course, and only two days to shoot

September 2022, The Southbank Centre launched Photo-Fantastic, a seven-day creative photography course led by Holly-Marie Cato and Eddie Otchere offering emerging Black and dual heritage photographers the opportunity to develop their skills, and prepare for careers in the creative industry.

by ELSIE CULLEN Dec 1, 2022
In conversation with Letitia Wright on grief,  joy, energy preservation and more in Wakanda Forever: Black Panther Arts & Culture In conversation with Letitia Wright on grief, joy, energy preservation and more in Wakanda Forever: Black Panther

Guyanese-British rising star Letitia Wright shines forth as the leading character in Ryan Coogler’s second Black Panther movie. Born in Georgetown Guayana but raised in the streets of North London, Letitia has swiftly emerged as a forerunning actress and recent producer with her latest project The Silent Twins.  She radiates a self-assured, restful and playful […]

by ALERO HELENA Nov 30, 2022
In conversation with Ryan Coogler director of Wakanda Forever: Black Panther Arts & Culture In conversation with Ryan Coogler director of Wakanda Forever: Black Panther

At the age of 36 the African American filmmaker and producer from Oakland, California directed the world’s first black African-based Marvel movies featuring the best of black talent for its cast. From the first film Black Panther to the Wakanda Forever sequel, Ryan Coogler has gifted the world with fictional imaginations of a self-sufficient African […]

by ALERO HELENA Nov 29, 2022
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The WE ARE SOUL Story Is One Of Connection Beyond Borders & Genres Arts & Culture The WE ARE SOUL Story Is One Of Connection Beyond Borders & Genres

A platform dedicated to connecting music and art lovers, We Are Soul has been a space for lovers of poetry, lo-fi, neo soul and R&B music since their beginnings in 2015.

by SAYO OLUKOGA Nov 22, 2022
The beauty of collaboration, two films from emerging directors, Kemi and Safeen Arts & Culture The beauty of collaboration, two films from emerging directors, Kemi and Safeen

Kemi Anna and Safeen James met in 2021 while working as Content Producers at a social media agency ‘OK COOL’ and after finding common ground in their love for their Nigerian heritage and filmmaking, they became friends which later developed into creative partners. Since then they’ve both become freelancers and have supported each other on […]

by ELSIE CULLEN Nov 21, 2022
Girlhood Unfiltered – the ground-breaking book creating space for the authentic voices of young Black girls to be heard
Arts & Culture Girlhood Unfiltered – the ground-breaking book creating space for the authentic voices of young Black girls to be heard

This October, GUAP had the great privilege of meeting Ebinehita Iyere's Milk Honey Bees, young girls from across London who have come together to leave a literary legacy, narrating and documenting the real life experiences of Black Girlhood, Unfiltered.

by ELSIE CULLEN Nov 8, 2022
Meet the UK’s first ‘Creators of Tomorrow’ – Meta’s power-list of entrepreneurial creators using authenticity and passions for unusual social-first careers.  Arts & Culture Meet the UK’s first ‘Creators of Tomorrow’ – Meta’s power-list of entrepreneurial creators using authenticity and passions for unusual social-first careers. 

Gen Z is leading the way in the Great Resignation and young people are re-evaluating how work fits into their lives - and not the other way around. Meta has identified a group of creators following this trend and disrupting the 9-5 – turning what they love into what they do. From fashion forecasters, curators of cool advocating for marginalised bodies and digital doodlers, these cultural disruptors are changing the game.

by ELSIE CULLEN Nov 1, 2022
Less Talking, by Gabriel Dedji Arts & Culture Less Talking, by Gabriel Dedji

Real togetherness is an elusive force which is painstaking to achieve but euphoric to
experience. It is the process of community being formed, new moments being shared and a singular goal being pursued. It is complemented by self-reflection, which reveals to us that we are best defined as being a part of wide, inclusive community than closed, fixed identities. We are liberated by togetherness. This is the Less Talking ethos.

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Nov 1, 2022
Drummer, Warrior Storyteller – an enriching live experience that inspired and provoked change Arts & Culture Drummer, Warrior Storyteller – an enriching live experience that inspired and provoked change

Drummer Warrior Storyteller presented for the first time an immersive live theatre production crafted with creative director and choreographer Muti ‘Mutivation’ Musafiri. Using live music, dance, spoken word, visual effects, projection and sound design, audiences were welcomed into the universe of the album and guided through its multidimensional story. The performance explored African Caribbean storytelling, Spirituality and political traditions.

by ELSIE CULLEN Oct 31, 2022
Upcoming

Events

11 Jun
11 Jun / Saturday / 11:00 - 23:00 pm PARKLIFE FESTIVAL 2022 Parklife is back taking over Manchester’s Heaton Park on 11th-12th June 2022 with some of the biggest names in world music as well as some ones to watch. Today, Parklife has announced the lineup for the Manchester festival that prides itself on putting on one of the biggest and most diverse line-ups you can experience. They have kept up that reputation this year with some absolutely huge names with the likes of Tyler, The Creator, who is making his UK festival headline debut, as well as a UK festival exclusive performance from 50 Cent. Speaking of international talent you can also expect to see performances from Tems, Megan Thee Stallion, and Jayda G.
24 Jun
24 Jun / Friday / 11:00 - 23:00 pm MADE IN AFRICA 2022 Trace Made In Africa is set to be the biggest celebration of Afro-Caribbean music and culture this Summer taking place from June 24th-26th 2022 in Porto, Portugal. Last week Trace officially revealed Trace Made In Africa which is set to take over Portugal for a 72 hour non-stop celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture in partnership with Apollon. Early headliners already announced include Mr Eazi, Spice, Yemi Alade, TAYC amongst others. The three day festival will be taking place on the lush Douro riverbank in Porto, Portugal, with a view that draws you to the emblematic iron bridge that was designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel.