From ‘Sleepy Africans’ for Paris Fashion Week: Asake, Siobhan Bell


The Grammy Awards, Oscar Awards, SXSW and other major industry events bring people from all over the world into one central location. But, Drugs Africans – an initiative aimed at filling in the gaps and creating spaces for black and African industry stakeholders – bringing together the most influential creatives in Africa by holding intimate and private meetings around the world, bringing people the destination.

Dope Africans in collaboration with Culture Rated from Prime Video, Paris Fashion Week (June 20-25, 2023) on June 22 for top talent like Asake, Serge Ibaka, Fally Ipupa and John Monopoly.

Asake at the Dope Africans event at Le Colonia in Paris, France, on June 22, 2023.

Also in attendance are industry giants like Hussein Suleiman, co-founder of Daily Paper; Abdul Abdullah, founder of Afro Future (formerly known as Afrochella); Shaquille Harrison of the NBA Lakers and Hussein Suleiman, co-founder of the Daily Paper.

(LR) Massah David, Fally Ipupa, Miatta Johnson poses for a photo at the Dope Africans event at Le Colonia in Paris, France, June 22, 2023.

The meeting was hosted by Massah David and Miatta Johnson of MVD INC. and co-hosted by Unik Ernest and Justina Omokhua.

Party-goers gathered at Le Colonia in Paris and were greeted by an impeccably dressed staff member. Going further, brick walls, stained glass windows, and a hallway adorned with lush indoor vegetation formed the backdrop for the shimmering sets of world-renowned DJs Siobhan Bell and Uncle Waffles.

Siobhan Bell performing at the Dope Africans event at Le Colonia in Paris, France, on June 22, 2023.
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British Jamaican DJ Siobhan Bell captivated the audience with his unique fusion of Afro and Jersey club rhythms, a reflection of his Afro-Caribbean roots. His set also featured unexpected moments of classic Afrobeat songs with Jersey club remixes embedded under the vocals.

Recognized for helping to globalize South African music, Uncle Waffles dazzled the crowd with their signature amapiano vibes and dance moves. His set included several Afro-house inspired tracks from his debut EP “Red Room Dragon” (2022) and his latest work “Asylum” (2023).

One of the main goals of Dope Africans is the opportunity to network in an effort to increase the visibility and footprint of the community in the entertainment industry. The brand has specialized in experiences held at Grammy weekend, BET Awards weekend and other entertainment support pillars and plans to expand into other industries and markets around the world later this year.

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MVD INC, a female-led international creative agency with high-profile clients from Dope Africans, Netflix, Essence and the Recording Academy to Mary J. Blige, Def Jam and Warner Bros. Started by in 2019. It has welcomed entertainers including Burna Boy, Jidenna, Offset and more.

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