Artists bring quirky fashion styles to Accra's streets

Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:18am EDT
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By Francis Kokoroko

ACCRA (Reuters) - Music equipment laid out on an ironing board, DJ Evans Mireku Kissi waves his drum sticks as he plays his tunes to a small audience on an Accra street.

The crowd in the Ghanaian capital watch as he mixes beats and dances around his stand - complete with old iron - during the show.

As well as the music, it is his quirky outfit - shirt and tie tucked into shorts and under a waistcoat, thigh-high socks, brogues and a bonnet - that has also attracts attention.

Kissi, also known as Steloo, is part of a group of artists, musicians and designers in Ghana's capital whose unconventional outfits are turning heads on streets where most men wear conservative Western suits or shirts in traditional prints.

"People say 'What is this that you are wearing?' People have a funny way of looking at (my clothes)," the 30-year old said.

"But then I like the fact that it is creating drama in the minds of the people."

The men and women in the group say they want to challenge the traditional notions of African fashion and they take to social media platforms to share their creative outfits.

Aged 19 to 38, they mix tailored jackets, printed T-shirts, vintage dresses, flares, and foulards in quirky, sometimes eccentric, ensembles more often seen in London than Accra.   Continued...

Fashion stylist Daniel Quist (L) and DJ Evans Kissi look back at the photographer as they walk down a street in Accra, Ghana, June 10, 2015. Young artists in Ghana's capital have evolved a new style that is turning heads and challenging accepted notions of African fashion.  REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko