all photos by Bernard Matussiere. 1983
The tilt of her head says it all. Im fabulous, how are YOU doing?
Please note the beads including jigida beads entwined in her hair… “tie tie” hair not a weave!
This picture Im not even sure can be that old… the nose to ear piece? the mish mash of ear rings? the war paint? wow…
With all the attention FELA! has brought to all things Afrobeat there have been countless style pages devoted to present day stylists takes on Fela Queen style and not one do any justice to these raw, vibrant and fascinating women. Bold and utterly disregarding convention and fashion rules these women ROCKED!
I think afrobeat came ahead of Hip Hop as music that had a “marketable” lifestyle to it. Im glad it came way before it could be broken up into clothing lines and makeup contracts etc. But then Im also sad it wasnt. These pictures are on the album liner of the Fela boxset and on this site