Interview: Photographer Pieter Hugo
When Nelson Mandela formally stepped into office as South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994, it marked a new era of hope and reconciliation for the vibrant if not fractured nation. While the transition of power from apartheid...
Travel With No Limits: The Adventurists
On the homepage of UK-based "travel" organizers The Adventurists, a deadpan warning clearly states: "Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high." Still interested? The warning continues: "Individuals who...
Uganda's Rose & Fitzgerald Design Studio
We were first introduced to Uganda-based houseware and jewelry design team Rose & Fitzgerald through their collaborative project with socially conscious design house The Citizenry. Delving deeper into their work, we discovered an array of beautiful...
Word of Mouth: Addis Ababa
by Jenny Miller Addis Ababa is a capital on the up-and-up. As the gateway to the rest of Ethiopia and its beguiling landscape, Addis is a city of almost constant sunshine and, in recent years, construction dust. Countless hotels, a light rail system...
CH Editions: Backsberg Estate Cellars Safari Collection
We’ve brought together a selection of our six favorite South African wines from Cool Hunting's recent safari in Zambia, which were provided by the talented winemakers at Backsberg Estate Cellars. From a classic pinotage to a fruity chenin blanc, these...
William Onyeabor Box Sets
Much of Onyeabor's identity remains a mystery, but crate-diggers have been fans for years, and 2013 saw Luaka Bop finally bring his songs to the (curious) masses. Discovering Onyeabor's music is like being let in on a very special secret. Rich with...
Collection Two: Uganda From The Citizenry
Following a successful first release, incorporating materials and craftsmanship from Peru and Argentina, socially conscious design house The Citizenry presents Collection Two: Uganda. Partnering with artisans throughout the country to source materials...
Cool Hunting Video: Q&Q SmileSolar Watches on CH Edition Zambia 2014
When we first saw the colorful SmileSolar watches from Japanese brand Q&Q we felt they were the perfect partner to work with on our CH Edition trip to Zambia. Fortunately, they loved the idea of joining us on safari and, more importantly, helped...
Le Comptoir General, Paris
by Meghan Sebold For any travel enthusiast, the best venue to visit is often one that requires processing time to absorb the scene—a place that makes you wonder, "What on earth is going on here?" Le Comptoir General (LCG) in Paris’s 10th arrondissement...
Boubou Leather Shoes
Twins for Peace gives shoes to children in need on a 1-1 basis with what's purchased from their French clothing and lifestyle shop. Their slim and sleek pair of Boubou black leather sneakers goes practically all black everything, and are accented by...
Tkay Maidza: U-Huh
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
This week marked the annual CMJ Music Marathon in NYC—where seemingly every venue in the city is booked with bands from around the US and the world. Though the number of participants are in the thousands, we highlighted a few promising acts (who performed...
Future Punx: Spike Train
In their single "Spike Train," five-piece Brooklyn act Future Punx blends chanting vocals with sweet synth lines, funky live drums and guitars for an interesting contrast. Their overall fast-paced, energetic vibes make for a fun (and sweaty) live show...
Courtship Ritual: Kingdom of Beauty
Courtship Ritual can be spotted performing their restrained tunes with an equally minimal setup in Brooklyn venues like Baby's All Right—regularly joined on stage by hired belly dancers whose hypnotic choreography enhance the otherworldly mood. "Kingdom...
Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg brought sunny, jazz-tinged vibes from their hometown to NYC for the first time this week. Debuting at CMJ's South African Showcase, the outfit's lead single "Rafael" embodies the band's unique blend of Cape jazz and...
Asante Phenix: Nameless
Brooklyn's own Asante Phenix stood out amid a slurry of new acts that this year's CMJ brought into the city. The MC effortlessly blends witty yet heartfelt bars with buttery smooth vocals on his latest track "Nameless." A downtempo beat puts Phenix...