444 is the meditation that makes me release the most. when I envision all the violence the earth has been through-the blood in the land-ëyë release. I release 4 my ancestors who have healed and died for my enlightenment. I bring forth truths that sacrificed physical bodies in order to pass through me. I absorb the stories of the land to Become the universal energy of the Mother of life. I love unconditionally. I rise again as the chosen warrior in my lineage.
I realized the four trees I grew up with as a child are in the shape of a pyramid.
Shot with Madenna & Ethos 25+ after returning to Portland from Cape Town, SA. Mask created by Madenna. Song produced by Ethos 25+. Custom Font by Grant Phillips.
AYA GOODS LOOKBOOK
Designer: Lucy Mulima
Photographers: Anaka & Chaze Matakala
Models: Anaka & Chaze Matakala
About the brand:
Aya Goods is a range of ready-to-wear and leather accessories made predominantly from African inspired wax-prints and traditional African handwoven fabrics. Founder of Aya Goods, Lucy Mulima chooses to work with the aforementioned materials as a starting point in exploring African cultural signifiers and the ways in which they’re reproduced in th e global contemporary landscape. Each item features simple and minimal design allowing the eponymous fabrics to tell their own stories in both abstract and literal ways. The total effect is easy, eclectic ready-to-wear apparel that celebrates the culturally conscious individual in a striking, yet minimal way.
Behind the name:
The name Aya is derived from the Twi language of the Ashanti people of Ghana. Represented by a fern in the Adinkra symbols, Aya stands for endurance and defiance of difficulties in all aspects of human endeavor. It stresses the need for human beings to be strong-willed, self-reliant and resourceful in order to meet the uncertainties of life. This is the spirit that we at Aya Goods strive to exemplify.
About the lookbook:
This shoot empowers the gaze upon the black body by trading the photographer and model role for organic ownership and representation. Both Chaze & Anaka are powerful creators with the ability to shapeshift between roles of creative power. The gaze of the photographer is purposefully equal to the gaze of the model in this lookbook in order to show that those who wear Aya Goods must feel totally centered within their sense of Self. The ability to be centered, grounded and also elevated is the perfect balance of living an empowered life and letting the clothes you wear reflect your true light.
The essence of Aya is as shapeshifting as the culmination of this lookbook.
The coming together of three Black Women creatives who dabble in all mediums to serve a consciousness of keeping one another’s fires burning.
We have Our fingertips on chlorophyll and sunshine, needlepoints, fabric cut offs, shea butter whip, camera shutter buttons and the molecular clock, weaving reflections of our past selves in present glory and future equanimity.
at 11:11PM on 11-17, eye channeled these warrior wisdoms str8 from Source.
Ethos honors the knowledge through his meditational beatmaking.
Collage/cover art by me, UCT Fees Must Fall Protest audio from the Imagery is Infinite Archives. Voice in 444:: is the knowledge I speak of from my ancestors.
many blessings to the future of vibrational creation.
Anaka had the pleasure of shooting the photographs for Tony Gum's Art Basel Miami 2016 exhibition at the Christopher Moller Gallery space from December 1-4, 2016.
Makeup: Nubia Silver
Styling: Crystal Birch
"The ancestors have gifted me with the name Anaka, I come from many other realms but I have been in this one for 22 years. I'm currently based in South Africa continuing my purpose within the underground conscious artist movement. Expression is the closest thing to freedom and nature reflects the inner peace I am seeking. Peace."
si-li-ent : the naturally magical elements of life that are often overlooked by the hype.
Silient Zine is the premiering zine curated by Anaka, designed by Grant Phillips & published by Dog Eared Records.
Excerpt from the Curator's Note:
"Conscious artists need an outlet to showcase their art created for the purpose of elevation. Natural, positive creation evokes effortless recognition, resources and respect...I curated this zine with specific artists who I believe have infinite ways to grow through their creation because they move with purposeful steeze...This community spreads love so infinitely the capitalist imprint of success cannot unhinge or waver us. Our love is what is creating a world where creativity is the source of happiness; and where our high consciousness on Mother Earth works to change the future forever."
With write ups about:
Deep Underground PDX
Live from Underground BX
Including exclusive interviews with:
Amandla Stenberg + more!
I am so humbled by the support we received for the first issue of Silient Zine!
Thank you to Danna Takako & Smiles Davis of Club 2723 for all your help.
Thank you Chris @ Contact Lab for printing special photos & letting us use the space!
Special thanks also to Rich Envisions for shooting most of the night.
THANK U TO ALL THE PERFORMERS / DJs vertiqua, Eden Hagos (Soulection), Joy Postell, DJ Smiles Davis, lojii, Swarvy, Joyce Wrice & JBird, Leems, and mndsgn!
See you at the next one!
bayyyyyy by Vertiqua
E l s e w h e r e [Soulection & Chill Mix] by Eden Hagos
Esta encendido by DJ Smiles Davis
Panduh by mndsgn
“Melanin Like Ether, Ether Like Melanin”
Spirit Beings climb into each other’s skin. Shift faces. Lock eyes that lead to cosmos. Meditate under starry skies and in the middle of a hot, sweaty dance floor. Paint each other’s faces blue; practice how to fly through the tall grass. Travel to the edges of the land no one owns. Ancient Souls, travel through time on all planes. Together they play the lessons continue…
Father, Father, where/
Father, Father, where are our ancestors? Have you gone to look for them or did you ask them to leave?
I see world pushed your nose to the concrete (over-soil)? How many of my ancestor’s bodies are under the concrete?
All their energy stirs within me. Ancient Souls can see it surviving between us.
We find each other in the dark matter of layered lifetimes. Family again, in these new bodies, accelerates the growth of Self. We see ourselves as we
mirror each other ((again)).
Dream is now reality; movie is now a mock of life. The rhythms of Oracle visions are frequent. Even speaking aloud is unnecessary. Intuitively finding each other’s energies amidst valleys of our ancestor’s lands. You have been here before. Burning mpepo on the mountain, humming to the cave.
Living in Cape Town to continue the FAME project. So far in one month I have shot, directed and edited two music videos; acted in a short film directed by Imraan Christian, danced every day and gone on adventures with magical beings. The mountains here are pure energy!
Hosting my first show here tomorrow, a small pop up sho. The Nest Space is a black artist collective here in Cape Town that will be co-hosting the show with me. Collaged a couple walls (one wall is a collage of images in thes shape of Devil's Peak Mountain); and exhibiting photos from the FAME project I took in LA and NYC to give an intro to my goals of being here.