I love new beginnings. I love the chance to clean the slate and start afresh, full of hope, belief and with promises to myself that I need to work harder, smarter and happier than ever before.
Sometimes, a new month can give you a new perspective and that’s what our March issue is all about; new beginnings. Karun Mungai’s story is one that excites me every time I think about it. Formerly of Kenyan award-winning hip-hop group Camp Mulla, Karun is a soul-stirring singer whose energy, vocals and personality made her loved all over Africa. She is one of the coolest, hottest, and most exciting performers I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting.
This month, Karun or Ms K as I fondly call her opens up to Zen on a whole new level. From her memories with the group, to her new solo career, she shares her experiences with us, her plans for the future, schooling in America and, we also talk about fashion from African designers. This is a new beginning for Karun – she has so much more to share and we can’t wait to listen to some of her new singles. Also in this issue, we return with a fabulous new editorial submission from Portuguese based photographer Elton Varela titled “Resurrecting the African origin.” Our brilliant fashion team are done with their reviews of 2 amazing collections from South African fashion label Lalesso and UK based fashion house KOSIBAH owned by Yemi Osunkoya. Much respect to all the African models across the world and this month, we chat with Kenyan model Bianca Koyabe and Cameroonian-born model Armande Meyo, 2 models we see doing great things this year. Making headlines this month in the art world is the 8th Edition of Art Dubai which is poised to be bigger and better than ever before. Art Dubai is the largest and most established contemporary art fair in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia and this year’s event will be breaking all the records in the world of art.
I would love to say a big thank you to everyone who continues to support creativity all over the world. To all the Africans across the globe who continue to press on, strive and motivate others, May God continue to bless you. No career is easy for anyone. But believe this “You are here on earth for a reason.” Even though you may not understand it or see the reason now, let your determination, dedication and motivation take you to the top. Stay blessed and enjoy our March issue. Please do tell us what you think of Karun’s cover by commenting below. Let us know which stories you are itching to read this month.
Photography by Andrew Mageto
Make Up by Sinitta Akello (Cultured Ego)
Styled by Karun