A Photo Series Captures the Kabangu -- Elderly Icons of 1980s Hip Hop

By: Riley von Niessen - Jul 7, 2016
References: instagram & highsnobiety
Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia collaborated with stylist Kevin Abraham in order to capture the Kabangu people of Nairobi -- a term that's said to be used to describe the influential mentors of 1980s hip hop from the area.

The photo series showcases the elderly men with elaborate hairstyles and clothing, who are shown against a bold scarlet background. Each exudes an unparalleled attitude that makes clear their self-confidence, a theme that Osborne Macharia seems to focus on.

The style of the men shows the influence that 1980s hip hop has had on them, reflecting their dedication to it during the time. One man is shown in a glistening red jacket with a massive cigar hanging from his mouth. Another wears a mesh shirt that's colored in the same tones as the flag of Kenya, holding a skateboard behind his neck.