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“African Janelle Monáe”! Temi Dollface featured in British GQ’s 25th Anniversary Issue | See Pop Star Rihanna’s Racy Cover & Spread



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African music is soaring to new heights on a daily basis.

On Wednesday 30th October 2013, British GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) released its 25th Anniversary Issue, with American pop star Rihanna on the cover.

And guess who is also featured in the issue? It’s “Pata Pata” songstress Temi Dollface.

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For the music section of the magazine, the editors spotlight West African mega records.
Here’s what the magazine says about Temi;

“Our current obsession is “Pata Pata” (it’s Yoruba for “completely”), an imperious, hilarious break-up dance song by British-educated Nigerian singer Temi Dollface, who calls her flamboyant style “drama soul”.

In a dazzling video which drops Ghanaian Azonto dancers into playful parodies of sixties commercials, Dollface comes across like an African Janelle Monáe.

It’s true that the self-consciously arty Dollface isn’t typical in the endless torrent of music pouring out of West Africa at the moment. The rules that make genres narrow and dull haven’t been written yet, so afrobeats is still a Babel of competing voices and new ideas. Spend an hour or so bouncing between links and you’ll find something that will surprise and delight you. pata pata”

Also featured in the magazine are Nigerian music superstar D’banj, Anglo-Ghanaian rapper Fuse ODG and Ghanaian hiplife star Guru.

Temi’s photo was shot by Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo.

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For their 25th Anniversary issue, the British GQ team looked to one person to grace its cover – Rihanna.

Damien Hirst who shot the cover and spread, gave the American pop star an artistic look with a Medusa-inspired crown of snakes.

Leaving nothing to the imagination in the editorial spread, Rihanna is seen playing with snakes and sporting vampire fangs.

Check it out!
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  1. *Real* Nice Anon

    November 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Temi Dollface FTW!

  2. Nene Morgan

    November 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I like this article pata pata. lol

  3. BC

    November 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Rihanna Rihanna carrying the symbol of lucifer himself on her head. Jesus save us. These photos give me the creeps like yu’ll never know. She is a luciferian period. Just look at the heel on that shoe. And if you fancy it that is your own….

    • Don Draper of Mad Men

      November 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      *take cold water* and get your superstitious behind out of here!

    • Bling

      November 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Get your atheist self out through that door too.

    • BC

      November 8, 2013 at 5:49 am

      Mad Men, the fotos r enough cold water for me, thankyou.

    • nedu

      November 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      say what you wanna but don’t try to sound morally upright. she luciferian ? how u know that pope BC? live and let live. free world

    • BC

      November 8, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Yep. Free world so let me air my opinions freely. Pope Nedu. Advice yourself first.

  4. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    November 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Of course it is “Yoruban” for completely!

  5. Big Ben

    November 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Correction, Temi Dollface is not Nigeria’s Janelle Monae, she is Nigeria’s Temi Dollface end of story, and what is all that British educated talk, since when did that become a qualifier of identities.

    • kilipot

      November 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      You make sense actually

    • Idak

      November 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Even in the 21st century, the British are still not done with heir colonizing efforts. For any thing to be ascribed some value of sort,it must have a British origin or comparison. Insecure clowns!!!

    • lola

      November 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      exactly what i was thinking, they r always trying to categorise artist that come out of Africa . she is temi dollface end of story

  6. Radiant

    November 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Love Temi Dollface’s picture.

  7. Cancel reply

    November 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Can’t Temi Doll Face just be Temi Doll Face? Why is the identity of another artiste being dumped on her? Are suppose to be happy that she is being compared to an African American ?Highly irritating!!!

  8. the mane captain

    November 8, 2013 at 12:35 am

    the title of this post is about temi doll face. but the majority of the content is about Rihanna? let’s focus on one topic at a time pls.

    • tish

      November 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      You just had to make that one more comment about Rihanna didn’t you?

  9. jinkelele

    November 8, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Does Rihanna love taking semi-nude shots? Make it stop please
    She should get over herself
    This cover isn’t edgy – its just creepy and animal abuse

  10. Hurpeyeahmie

    November 8, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Rihanna is just devilish kilode?

  11. yay!

    November 8, 2013 at 8:13 am

    nigerians!! we have moved from british born,american raised to british educated now?????? highly uneccessary pls.must we be somehow affiliated with the foreigners to feel some sense of worth??? smh!!

  12. Nne Somebody

    November 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Yoruban??? I don’t think we’d pull any punches if a Nigerian wrote an article and described a Toyota as a “Japanist” car. We know mechanics say this but don’t expect anything short of perfection from our educated folk. This British born-raised-educated reporter should have done better.

    Self-consciously arty??? Na wa o! Na God say make we go school to recognise that for the “un-compliment” that it is.

  13. Risk

    November 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Nahhhh… Who wrote this post?

  14. sisi

    November 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    This is a British Magazine whereby 98 per cent of readers would not have heard of Afrobeats talkless of Temi Doll Face. They will need a reference point and GQ have helpfully tried to direct their readers in the direction of their understanding of her sound (whether correct or not – up for debate) it’s along the same lines as the Kanye West drop for D’banj. On another note the ‘yoruban’ is quite unforgivable – simple google search

  15. CarliforniaBawlar

    November 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Please my fellow country people….I have a queshun…..Since when did Temi Dollface’s music get categorized as Afrobeat? I have noticed that almost all Nigerian songs are now afrobeat… Basically it seems to oyinbo people Afrobeat = Beats made by African. Hence why Davido and Wizkid would headline an Afrobeats festival in London…hmmmn…..**confusedface***
    Growing up, Fela (the creator), Femi, Alariwo, Lagbaja and the likes made Afrobeat which was a fusion of Jazz, highlife, drums and chanting…did someone change the definition and I missed the memo??

    • Idak

      November 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I thought i was the only one who missed the memo.

  16. sexy mama

    November 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    temi doll face what? Illuminati will soon kill rihanna at the rate she is going……demonic things…..lady gaga is already looking like death itself mchweeeeeeew..

  17. OmoBella

    November 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good one Temi!! We love Temi Dollface

  18. Modella

    November 9, 2013 at 11:56 am


  19. oyin

    December 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Poorly written article. Nigerians always displaying their insecurity. Temi dollface is a new great talent to look out for. Love her song, “pata pata”. Keep working hard.

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