Welcome to Vol 98 of The Spread!

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Tired of scrolling endlessly for the best Afrocentric events in London? We've got you covered! Dive into our curated newsletter for July, packed with events such as;

🔥 Ghana Party In The Park 2024
🔥 ASA + Beverley Knight Live In Concert
🔥 Lux Afrique Polo Day 2024

Check out this week's unmissable events!

Now, on to the real peel...

Credit: Balmain x Disney / Dossier

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We’ve teamed up with Selfie Stop Station to bring you a special deal to make your next event truly unforgettable. Their photo booths aren’t just a way to take pictures; they’re a way to create memories, laugh with friends and capture the magic of your special day.

⏳ Trivia Time

Question: Who was the ruler of the Mali Empire during its peak in the 14th century, known for his legendary wealth and the famous pilgrimage to Mecca?

A) Sundiata Keita
B) Mansa Musa
C) Askia the Great

Scroll to the very bottom for the answer.

🧭 A Marmalade Guide To...

Nara Smith. Source: Dazed

Nara Smith: From South Africa to Social Media 'Tradwife' Sensation

Nara Smith has been blowing up over socials making everybody jealous about her luxurious tradwife life. But what is a tradwife? Why is everybody going crazy about “Nara braids”? & why are people accusing her of stealing her content from another South African content creator, Onezwa Mbola!?

Nara Smith is only 22-year-old and totally taking over socials with her luxurious family life, some seriously impressive cooking skills & a sense of style clearly from her runway modelling days. 

What We're...

📰 Reading: The Empire of Mali Explained. One of the greatest empires in Africa, the Mali Empire was a powerhouse of trade and wealth that shaped West Africa for centuries.

Mansa Musa: The Golden Ruler of the Mali Empire. Source: TheCollector

📺 Watching: Red Bull Symphonic Orchestra in South Africa. A groundbreaking blend of modern Amapiano beats and classical orchestration. This unique collaboration showcased how Amapiano, with its addictive rhythms and iconic log drum melodies, can transcend its origins to reach new, symphonic heights.

🎧 Listening to: CULTUR FM's Live Afrobeats Mix by DJ Miracle ft Stefflon Don. DJ Miracle came through with heat in celebration of Stefflon Don's album release called Island 54. Expect Afrobeats with a blend of Steff's new and existing catalogue.

🎟️ Booking: Kwanda Party in partnership with Marmalade. Join us for an unforgettable evening of culture, connection, food, music, discussion and celebration as we introduce Kwanda's inaugural event.

👀 Eyeing: Agbalumo Tee by Nack Apparel. Drawing inspiration from this irresistible fruit's vibrant taste and remarkable health benefits, this unique collection invites you to explore the wonders of West African cuisine while celebrating its rich culinary heritage. 

Credit: Nack Apparel / Instagram

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Trivia Answer: B) Mansa Musa
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