Live and Die in Afrika~ Album Cover Photoshoot

#Liveanddieinafrika isn’t just an album cover it’s a movement. It’s an initiative that captures the sentiment that Africa can make it’s own choices and determine it’s own heroes independent of the influences from western marketing and ideals.

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Sautisol are one of Africa’s top bands. They recently played for President Obama and shared the same stage with Pearl Jam. In 2014 they got MTV’s best African Act.

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Annabel Onyango (Kenyas number 1 stylist) and Marek Fuchs (Sautisols managing director) approached me with a set of visionary ideas for how they could see foresee the cover. We scouted the location and set up in the warehouse of the African Heritage Design Company.

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We had the use of original masks, chairs, feathers, cloths, figurines and carpets from every corner of the continent.

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Traditional African costumes lined the racks (some of which styled the band) and a live chicken for that extra magiK! Some objects dated back more than 600 years and it became an utterly unique environment for an album cover shoot.

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Great to work in a professional capacity with the superbly creative Annabel Onyango (producing and styling), Makena Mwiraria (set design and owner of African Heritage Design), Marek Fuchs, the rock stars from Sautisol. Big thanks to Wangari Kahungura for becoming my right arm and great assistant once again.

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