Patoranking has dropped a new single, “Lenge Lenge,” where both the music video and the song itself give a nod to afrobeat legend Fela Kuti as well as his 27 wives—the Kalakuta Queens.
The visual, directed by Luke Biggins and Rebekah Bird, shows Patoranking epitomizing Fela in style and jest as beautiful black women, donning face paint inspired by the Queens, surround him and pose in fresh threads by designers from Africa and the diaspora. The minimal vibe of the video has the eyes focus solely on the fabulous looks.
We caught up with Nigerian-American stylist and content creator Alexander-Julian Gibbson who was the stylist for the music video. He explains that Patoranking’s team and himself collaborated to fuse what they think makes a contemporary African woman with traditional hair and makeup.
“I pulled 40 pounds of aso oke and traditional coral beads from my mom’s personal collection,” he shares with us.
Putting together looks Nigeria’s Orange Culture, Yemzi and Jewel by Lisa, the UK’s Tolu Coker and Eki Orleans, as well as New York’s own Studio 189 and Mimmy Yeboah, his goal was to help bridge the divide between African designers and popular African music acts, as well as build a community of support between the two worlds.