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Why Some Local Musicians and Filmmakers Don't Use Our Collections? Interview with Fashion Designers

Why Some Local Musicians and Filmmakers Don't Use Our Collections? Interview with Fashion Designers

"Many local aritsts - musicians still face financial challenges especially when they are making plans for their music video filming. Some of them have very good songs that may even match with our collections but for them not to be able to contribute something small to use that clothes becomes an issue between fashion designers and musicians even with filmmakers" said Olvier Harerimana AKA Talento UMUHETO, a fashion designer, CEO and founder of UMUHETO Fashion House based in Kigali.

Talking about fashion development in Africa, You can't escape the role of music and film in this development. In some countries like Beni, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa, you find many local artists and filmmakers using locally made clothes and jewelries during their music video clips, in concerts, and in their films. 

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Ms. Angélique  Kidjo is a Beninese-French singer-songwriter, actress, and activist noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. She is known to wear and promote clothes made in Africa (PHOTO INTERNET)

According to experts in fashion and textiles in Africa. This collaboration between musicians, fashion designers, and filmmakers had been a good result for these three creative arts: fashion, music, and film. The Collaboration between musicians, filmmakers, and fashion designers can result in dynamic and innovative projects that merge different art forms.

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Mafikizolo wears made in South Africa (and is a South African singing duo consisting of Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza. They are multiple times winners of the South African Music Award, including the awards for Best Duo or Group of the Year. (PHOTO INTERNET)

Musicians and fashion designers can collaborate in the fashion campaign and concert costumes where the musicians can collaborate with the fashion designers for brand campaigns or special events. This involves incorporating the musician's style or music theme into the clothing line, creating a cohesive visual representation. Then, the fashion designers can create custom outfits or costumes for musicians' performances, enhancing the visual impact and storytelling of the music on stage.

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Ms. Aster Aweke is a legendary Ethiopian singer known for her profound influence on Ethiopian music, particularly her role in introducing it to international audiences in Europe and America. She is also known to wear and style made in Ethiopia her home country (PHOTO INTERNET)

However, in some countries in Africa fashion designers, musicians, and filmmakers don't understand each other or don't communicate well on how they can collaborate for the interests of both. Like in Rwanda, this collaboration still has not been established yet between these 3 creative arts: fashion designers, musicians, and filmmakers. According to Mr. Talento UMUHETO, there has to be a middle ground of understanding between musicians and fashion designers.

"Musicians come and tell you that if he or she uses your collections for free in his or her music videos you will get promotions and people will come to buy from your shop after watching that song. But they forget that we already invested to create those clothes from fabrics to the finishing" said Mr. Talento UMUHETO. 

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Mr. Talento UMUHETO, is a fashion designer, CEO, and founder of UMUHETO Fashion House based in Kigali.

Talento UMUHETO added that some other artists just come and pick whatever they get from the fashion designers which is not matching with the song's idea because they don't have money to invest in the clothes that match their original ideas when writing the song.

" Some artists just pick what they are able to get but it affects their original ideas. For example. if your song is about the culture or a traditional one. You have to create collections that go with the culture's creativity. In other words, the artists- musicians have to invest to get that but some of our local artists- musicians have no investment to make good and desired music videos" added Mr. Talento UMUHETO

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According to Karen Uwera a fashion designer, CEO, and founder of the Karrsh Collection, and the president of Rwanda Fashion Designers' Association, some local musicians still don't value the work of the fashion designers and this has to stop to establish good collaboration between fashion designers and musicians.

" Let's not say all our local musicians see in that angle of free of charge but the majority don't give value made in Rwanda clothes. For example. Some may use the collection in their video shooting but after they don't want to even take them to dry clean. Then others, are willing to buy instead of rent or borrow. But again, this category also wants to buy the same prices they do for second-hand clothes. They have first to give the value of made in Rwanda for use to be able to have that good collaboration everyone of us wishes to reach" Ms Karen Uwera CEO and founder of the Karrsh Collection

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Ms. Karen Uwera a fashion designer, CEO, and founder of the Karrsh Collection, and the president of Rwanda Fashion Designers' Association

It is not only between musicians who are not collaborating with local fashion designers but also filmmakers. Fashion designers and filmmakers can collaborate to create short films showcasing a clothing line. These films often tell a story or convey a mood while prominently featuring the designer's creations. Furthermore, filmmakers might create documentaries or behind-the-scenes footage for fashion shows or designer collections, offering insights into the creative process and inspirations behind the designs.

Ms. Angel Mutoni is a fashion designer/Photographer CEO and Creative Director of the NTARE fashion brand based in Rwanda. The brand specializes in luxury ready to wear for men and women. It focuses on craftsmanship, quality, innovation, and creativity.

" It's just not an explored territory and also there is usually not a big budget enough to cover costumes for the actors. It's already hard coming up with funds for a movie. It can be extremely costly to create what filmmakers really want here in Rwanda. So usually people use their own clothes or hire from a second-hand boutique as fashion houses are also in need of said funds" said Ms. Mutoni a fashion designer and a Photographer. 

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Ms. Angel Mutoni is a fashion designer/Photographer CEO and Creative Director of the NTARE fashion brand based in Rwanda.

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According to Ms Faustine INGABIRE a journalist, Co-founder of THE IMAGE, Chairperson of COOPEC Zamuka, and the Marriage Councillor Weight Watcher advisor, some local fashion designers are still not open to collaborating and others don't understand why collaborating with filmmakers can add more value and visibility to their fashion brands.

" Many local fashion designers don't see the reason to allow their creations to be used in films or movies. They don't want to give free collections or rent for less to local filmmakers because they don't know and see how they can benefit from the local made film or a movie. Both local fashion designers and filmmakers need to have conversation meetings on how to establish a collaboration among them" said Ms INGABIRE a journalist and co-founder of THE IMAGE

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Ms. Faustine INGABIRE a journalist, Co-founder of THE IMAGE,  Chairperson of COOPEC Zamuka, and the Marriage Councillor Weight Watcher advisor,

Ms INGABIRE added that some local fashion designers have to understand that making nice clothes means that the audience is the one to appreciate the clothes first not the creator because at the end of the day, the audience will wear or buy those clothes.

" They are some local fashion designers who have nice clothes and different collections. But they think having them hanging in their shop is much better than promoting them to large audiences through local films or movies. I can advise our local fashion designers to be open to filmmakers and musicians which will definitely bring positive impacts to their business and the fashion industry in general" added Ms INGABIRE

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 By the RCFS'S MEDIA 

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