Sudan Archives has long blended her interest in traditional West African prints and instrumentation—namely the one-stringed fiddle players that inform her genre-melding musical style—with a penchant for contemporary designers. In an interview with Vogue from last year, she said she was as likely to wear a simple yet carefully cut dress from Los Angeles-based designer Shaina Mote as she was to wear colorful Ghanaian sets and scarves.
The artist’s latest music video for “Nont For Sale,” a highlight from her just-released sophomore EP Sink, yet again finds her working with a myriad of influences. In the visual, which she co-directed with Ross Harris and creative director Leonardo Volcy, Sudan Archives and her friends saunter, dance, drive around, and get their hair done in a number of idiosyncratic looks: there are Comme Tees x No Sesso high-waisted pants, a jean jacket with embroidered drawings of black women at a hair salon on the back, and velour tracksuits, to name just a few of the standout pieces.
As the video’s style director Bukunmi Grace explains, the choice of clothing “was an amalgamation of her origins, personality, and inspirations. I wanted elements that showcased that she’s an Afrophile but also highlighted her Midwest ’90s roots.” To that end, Grace combined garments that could have been plucked out of a Malick Sidibé portrait with more streetwise pieces like Joyrich tracksuits and Vida Kush jewelry. Below, take a peek at all of the stunning looks.