by JR Valrey, The Minister of Data
I not long ago obtained in a brief job interview with W-P Raissa Somdah, the founder, CEO and director of WAA REEM: Global Vogue and Songs Week, which is heading on in San Francisco from June 16-18. It commences nowadays with the opening panel, which includes the cultural advisor to the Ministry of Schooling, Cultural Arts and Tourism of Burkina Faso, at 868 Kearney, in San Francisco from 4-8 p.m.
Other noteworthy persons bundled in the weekend of functions contain intercontinental manner designer Zek Styl from Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso reggae artist Roger Wango, the Bay Area’s personal Kelda Musik and Bobo Kwame’s Types, and the weekend of events will be catered by Aneth of “A Style of Tanzania” catering. I sat down with W-P Raissa Somdah, and she gave me a speedy description of what was going to occur and the background behind it all. Tune in and pull up.
JR Valrey: How did African Style and Tunes Week commence? And what does it consist of?
Raissa of WAA REEM: The WAA REEM idea, which implies in Burkina Faso-West African language “Come and have exciting or occur appreciate the vibe,” is an plan born in 2013 in Africa – whose mission is to carry jointly Africans and African Individuals cultures all-around style, conventional dances, art and African Cinema to empower youthful talents. It is also about African Intellect and Expenditure with a enterprise clearly show “Africa Now Ited.”
JR Valrey: What has your journey in the trend globe been like? When did you know that fashion was 1 of your passions? How aged were you? Please explain your surroundings at that time?
Raissa of WAA REEM: I’m a young lady entrepreneur from West Africa who got acquainted with the trend business following a magnificence contest in 2006 in my dwelling nation Burkina Faso. Immediately after landing a degree in Finance Accounting in 2008-2013 (Bachelor) in the West African Central Financial institution Enterprise College (ECOWAS) named CESAG in Dakar, Senegal, I made the decision to keep on my enthusiasm for trend.
In 2014, I established my own brand, a line of African-encouraged dresses and equipment, and opened a keep in the Burkinabe presidential district.
JR Valrey: Who is collaborating this calendar year? Exactly where are they coming from respectively?
Raissa of WAA REEM: For this 2023 edition, we have Global company from Burkina Faso-West Africa that come on the behalf of the Minister of Tradition, a vogue designer, an artist musician and two panelists about Africa Economic climate and Financial investment throughout the Panel “Africa Now Ited,” which will be held this June 16 from 4:30-8 p.m. The deal with is 868 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108.
We do have area designers, these as @W.P Raissa SOMDAH with her Brand @RAIDAH, Deanna Sumler with Brand “Lady Fruition,” the sportswear of the model LassK, the International Designer “Zek Styl,” and Bobo Kwame Patterns from the East Bay.
JR Valrey: What are some of the hallmarks of today’s African vogue? What are the waves and trends of nowadays in continental couture?
Raissa of WAA REEM: African manner has the hallmarks of the fabric representing the identification of every point out, in lifestyle and custom transmitting a information or an identification in style. Motives why we have woven loincloths, Kente in Ghana and many some others in accordance to the African state and its background.
JR Valrey: What will the music ingredient of the week consist of? Who are some of the musical attendees?
Raissa of WAA REEM: For this 2023 edition, we will have a reggae artist musician from Burkina Faso with Roger Wango, an Nkan Songs with her band and dancers, a Bay Place artist from Nigeria, we will also have KeldaMuzik a Hip-Hop singer.
JR Valrey: Can you give us a operate down of the gatherings that are scheduled? Who is scheduled to be in attendance?
Raissa of WAA REEM: The Trend and New music week is scheduled for June 17 and 18, 2023. Sat. June 17 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m with an African night and DJ from 10 p.m.-1am Sunday, June 18, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with raffles.
JR Valrey: What is your favored section of arranging an function of this magnitude in this kind of an important metropolitan city as San Francisco?
Raissa of WAA REEM: San Francisco becoming the center of the Bay, bringing collectively various localities and accessible to the greatest style models, in these kinds of beautiful range, was the very best choice to hold these a unifying celebration enabling African tradition in typical to be highlighted.
JR Valrey: How could persons get additional information and facts?
Raissa of WAA REEM: Persons can get additional information about each individual day of the 2023 Edition on Eventbrite.com for @Waa Reem Global African Trend & Songs 7 days. In this article is the backlink: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/waa-reem-internationalfashioncausesafrica-us-439629.
JR Valrey, journalist, author, filmmaker and founder of Black New Entire world Media, is also the editor in main of the San Francisco Bay See newspaper. He teaches the Community Journalism class twice a week at the San Francisco Bay View newspaper business.