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Jiko

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Jikos in Space | A Short Story by Mike Macharia

What you are looking at is the Space Jiko, an upgrade from the previous Terrestrial Jiko,

copies of which can be found in the corners of many kitchens around the country. The original

Terrestrial Jiko, forged from the fires of Mount Longonot by a wizard long since forgotten,

could warm a large hut, gather a whole village around it in the evenings to marvel at its

glowing embers and roast mammothian steaks in five minutes flat. Or so the legend goes.

The Space Jiko, on the other hand, while possessing all the functionality of its predecessor,

can also be expanded to heat a large enough star-ship as well as roast a large extraterrestrial

animal, should Mankind ever find an alien species they want to make burgers or perhaps kebabs,

out of. In these cold, overcast days, its glow can help cool people find each other.

Limited supply, so order one now. A handful of charcoal MAY be provided. Batteries not included.

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The Jiko is a stove that uses Charcoal and is common in many Kenyan homes. It is yet another symbol of pride in Kenyan workmanship and innovation. The Jiko has evolved over time and you can find some really innovative designs of professional charcoal and wood fueled stoves and ovens over at Cookswell Energy Saving Jikos.

Kindly send your orders to thechilli[at]chillimango[dot]co[dot]ke or chillimangodesigns[at]gmail[dot]com. Warm sweatshirts, T-shirts, Tanks and Posters available.

If you’re an information junkie and would like to find out more about the Jiko and it’s history, then head out here.

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Asubuhi Asubuhi Patipati na Miwani Photoshoot + Lookbook: Part 2

Brown ChilliMango Pullover Hoodie and Purple & Yellow-Stripey Sweatshirts
Brown ChilliMango Pullover Hoodie and Purple & Yellow-Stripey Sweatshirts

The second part of our Asubuhi Asubuhi Patipati na Miwani Photoshoot features ChilliMango Khanga Hoodies, Sweatshirts, Beanies and our fresh new Khanga Pullovers. To get in touch with us and get your hands on some ChilliMango merch, hit us up on here;  chillimangodesigns [at] gmail [dot] com.

Watch out for the behind the scenes photos out soon on our Facebook page.

ChilliMango Khanga Sweatshirt and Khanga Hoodies
ChilliMango Khanga Sweatshirt and Khanga Hoodies
ChilliMango Khanga + Fleece Hoodie
ChilliMango Khanga + Fleece Hoodie
ChilliMango Kikoi Hoodie, Blue Khanga Pullover Hoodie & Pink Khanga Pullover
ChilliMango Kikoi Hoodie, Blue Khanga Pullover Hoodie & Pink Khanga Pullover
ChilliMango Khanga Hoodie
ChilliMango Khanga Hoodie
ChilliMango Sweatshirt + Beanie and Hoodies (with button or zip option)
ChilliMango Sweatshirt + Beanie and Hoodies (with button or zip option)
ChilliMango Khanga + Fleece Hoodie & Blue Pullover Hoodie
ChilliMango Khanga + Fleece Hoodie & Blue Pullover Hoodie
ChilliMango Khanga Pullover Hoodie, Sweatshirt and Hoodie
ChilliMango Khanga Pullover Hoodie, Sweatshirt and Hoodie
ChilliMango Khanga Pink Hoodie & Sweatshirts
ChilliMango Khanga Pink Hoodie & Sweatshirts
ChilliMango Khanga Hoodies and Sweatshirts
ChilliMango Khanga Hoodies and Sweatshirts
Brown ChilliMango Pullover Hoodie and Purple & Yellow-Stripey Sweatshirts
Brown ChilliMango Pullover Hoodie and Purple & Yellow-Stripey Sweatshirts
ChilliMango Khanga Sweatshirt, Hoodie and Kikoi Pullover
ChilliMango Khanga Sweatshirt, Hoodie and Kikoi Pullover

Photography by Osborne Macharia

Styling by Thogi.

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Asubuhi Asubuhi Patipati na Miwani Photoshoot: Part 1

Ugali Mens tees
Photography by Osborne Macharia |  Styling by Thogi

We recently had the pleasure of working with the most amazing bunch of creatives, thank you serendipity. From an extraordinary photographer to an amazing  model/stylist to this chap who’s a member of one of the best bands to come from Kenya, to this other guy who organizes a really cool art event every other month and so on. In addition, providence had it that our location of choice had just the right kind of material for an amazing backdrop.

Part 1 of this series features some ChilliMango’s t-shirts while Part 2 will showcase our Khanga hoodies so watch out for that. Ladies and gents, marvel at the genius of Osborne Macharia and while you do, enjoy these rad tunes.

'Home Is' Mens tee
‘Home Is’ Mens tee
African Gothic Mens tee
African Gothic Mens tee
Kenya 1963 Ladies tee
Kenya 1963 Ladies tee
Digital Maasai Necklace Ladies tee + 'Home Is' Mens tee
Digital Maasai Necklace Ladies tee + ‘Home Is’ Mens tee
Usawa Mens tee
Usawa Mens tee
Black Mamba tees
Black Mamba tees
ATI? Mens tee
ATI? Mens tee
Usawa Ladies tee
Usawa Ladies tee
Ugali Mens tee in Navy Blue
Ugali Mens tee in Navy Blue
Ugali Mens tee in Olive Green
Ugali Mens tee in Olive Green
ATI? Mens tee
ATI? Mens tee
Kenya 1963 Mens tee
Kenya 1963 Mens tee
Afrika Ni Mama Mens tee + ATI? Ladies tee
Afrika Ni Mama Mens tee + ATI? Ladies tee
ATI? Ladies tee
ATI? Ladies tee
Black Mamba Mens tee
Black Mamba Mens tee
Boombox Maasai Ladies tee
Boombox Maasai Ladies tee
Boombox Maasai Mens tee
Boombox Maasai Mens tee
Afrika Ni Mama Ladies tee
Afrika Ni Mama Ladies tee
Boombox Maasai Mens tee
Boombox Maasai Mens tee

Photography by Osborne Macharia

Styling by Thogi

Models: Le Cleric, Blinky & Makandi

For details on how to get your hands on ChilliMango merch & acquire that effortless cool, feel free to drop as an e-mail here: chillimangodesigns [at] gmail [dot] com

Love & Light

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Kenya.Peace.Love.Unity

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– Wrote this with my friend, Alaka back in 2012 but got too busy to post it back then. It’s been edited slightly to match this post. –

Recently, I got to watch two life-changing documentaries. One is Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the 14-year civil war in Liberia and the role of a group of women in trying to end it. The other is Heal the Nation, by Boniface Mwangi and the Picha Mtaani team, which is about the violence which erupted in Kenya after the general elections in 2007, which tells a sad, shameful, alarming and heartbreaking story that I cannot describe well enough. Please watch it.

I love my country but occurrences like the PEV (post-election violence) in Kenya and civil wars elsewhere make me sometimes question humanity. How easily friend can turn on friend. How people can be so blinded by rage and hate as to kill, rape, plunder and destroy for the sake of a few rich men and women.

In this country Kenya we tend to whine and cuss in the comfort of our living rooms, coffee shops, kiosks, kibandas and bars but it ends there. We forget too easily and move on with our lives too quickly when all the while people are suffering. Honestly, I am one of those Kenyans who had thought that it was over and that there’s no way it could happen again. But it seems I’m wrong. There are people in our midst who are in pain and continue to harbour ill will toward their neighbors. It is worrying to say the least. In Heal the Nation Boniface Mwangi says: “We want people to be fired up, to go out & change the world”. Well, I was fired up. When you see images from the war in Liberia, it makes you realize how close Kenya is/was to civil war and it’s terrifying.

So I slept. I woke up. I cleaned then took a walk. It wasn’t a deep introspective walk. I was just going to buy airtime, yoh. But it was during this walk that I found myself looking at my surroundings, at this country, through new eyes. Foreigners who have been to Kenya will tell you that we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world. When we interact, we talk a lot and we laugh a lot. But here I was walking, thinking to myself: This guy passing by me, what role did he play in the PEV? This woman from whom I’m buying the airtime, how was she affected by the PEV? Come election-time in 2013, will my neighbors from diverse backgrounds turn on me? Will this beautiful scenery of hills and trees turn into one of smoke and fire? What is the state of mind of these people who’ve been raped and displaced, who’ve probably watched their families hacked or torched to death and have lost everything? Will they seek revenge? Will they be baying for blood in 2013? I struggled with this and more, trying to figure out how I can help preach peace in this country as Boniface Mwangi and the Picha Mtaani team do, and as the fearless women of Liberia did to end their country’s civil war.

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LadiesTeeMensTee

So now we’ve come up with this design to pass a message of love and peace. If we allow hatred and tribalism to engulf us, we will loose one of the best countries in the world to war. So let’s preach peace to our family and friends, to the mama mboga, to the watchman kila mtu. Let’s do it before, during & after the March 4th elections. Whatever the outcome is, we remain Kenyans and like Jua Cali said recently ‘Hatutaki kua wakimbizi kwa nchi geni’ or something to that effect.

Remember: Hii Kenya ni yetu and we all have a role to play in it’s prosperity or it’s demise either by our participation or by our silence. The choice is ours.

This design will be available as a t-shirt, poster and sticker. To make your orders, send us an email here chillimangodesigns [at] gmail [dot] com.

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ChilliMango goes to the Coast

ChilliMango goes to the Coast

Habari folks.

We’re taking ChilliMango down to the Coast from the 12th of December for a couple of days. During this time, some of our products might be unavailable in Nairobi.

We’ll be at Vipingo Ridge on the 12th December (after watching Erykah Badu live on the 11th of course), in Watamu at Oceansports on 16th, in Malindi on the 22nd and thereafter in Diani.

Feel free to contact us for more details chillimangodesigns [at] gmail [dot] com.

Love & light

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Ugali

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It’s known as Funji in Angola, Nshima in Zambia, pap, Mealie-meal or Sadza in other parts of Southern Africa and even in Italy as Polenta. Ugali as it’s known in East Africa is maize flour cooked in water to form a thick porridge like dish. It’s commonly eaten with Sukuma Wiki (Kale) +/- meat stew and/or Nyama Choma (roasted meat)


Best way to eat Ugali is to grab…well not grab but pull a small portion of it, roll it into a ball in your palm and dip it in the stew/choice accompaniment.

Here are our fresh new tees to celebrate that Ugali goodness..

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So hey what other names are there for Ugali especially in sheng?

To place an order send an email to chillimangodesigns@gmail.com and find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ChilliMangoKE or twitter http://www.twitter.com/ChilliMangoKE to keep updated on the events/fairs we’ll be attending.

Here’s an Afro treat for all you Afro beat & Fela fans: http://www.mixcloud.com/djkmart/fela-tributemix/

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Easy Rahisi Mabati Laini – Fabric Meets Metal

On this lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, we set out with the amazing photographer @kevjapicha to a junkyard located somewhere at Dagoretti Corner, Off Ngong Road. We were going for a grungy, high-contrast, rustic look and the junk as a backdrop offered just that.

Our intention was to show that there’s beauty in junk and that good things do come from Africa. The biggest misconception about this awesome continent is that it has nothing but darkness to offer which is farthest from the truth. From the clothing, to the people, to the colorful buildings and bustling Matatus (mode of public transport) you’ll notice that this is the most colorful continent and not just in terms of tones and shades alone.

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All these pieces, Tees, Khanga/Leso Hoodies & Sweatshirts, are available for purchase. They come in a variety to of size and colors to choose from. Just send your order to chillimangodesigns@gmail.com.

It was an adventure and we all had a blast! Even out of his comfort zone Kev, a documentary photographer did an amazing job.

The owner of the property (below) was gracious enough to model in a ChilliMango Neon Mask tee.


Doesn’t he look like a don though?

To see more Kev’s work, just head off here: http://kevjapicha.wordpress.com. Behind-the-scenes pictures will be up soon here ChilliMangoKE

Special shout out and huge thank you to these guys for making this a great experience; @kevjapicha, @kahawajunkie, @njewwy, @jemmyjemz, @nairobidhobi, @Bryant_EM, @mercynguyo and Alexander Alaka. It was such fun working with this bunch man. Hope to do it again.

This post was ongezwad ‘sugar, spice and everything nice’ by writer extraordinaire @mwikalilati. Ahsante.

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African Gothic

The hardest part of this whole process isn’t about coming up with the designs, it’s about coming up with the post to go along with it. So this time I invited a friend, @breadboo, to help. Here’s what she said;

“Of the American Gothic, Grant Wood said he decided to paint the house with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house”…

The African Gothic here is with the kind of people that live in the African Hut under the African Sun.

The spray can continues the tale of ChilliMango’s fascination with African Culture/Tradition’s coexistence with Technology/Modernity.”

Thanks @breadboo.

My bit (which hopefully doesn’t suck too much): I guess if you know the American Gothic, then I don’t really need to explain what inspired this design. Initially, the spray can was meant to be a spear but that would’ve been the cliché of the century don’t you think? No? Oh well…

The design..

 

The tees. .

Kindly send your orders to chillimangodesigns@gmail.com.

ChilliMango Posters and Stickers  will go on sale beginning of March. Full details coming your way real soon.

For those who don’t know, some of our stuff can be found at the United store (Rugby Shop) at Nakumatt Junction. Thanks for your continued support. Amani na Baraka

Current listen: http://www.mixcloud.com/heavysoulbrutha/dangelo-live-stockholm-sweden-2000/

Oh and check out @antoneosoul’s dope jam, Qwerty love:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpmoPoes_Hw&sns=fb

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Home Is

Around the same time I came up with the ‘Ati?’ design, I sketched the following designs. It was quite bland so I shelved it for about 10 months and decided to revisit and tweak it recently. Here’s how it took shape after numerous sketches…

Disclaimer: The following sentence will contain a bunch of (OK just one..two..) design references.

And now, the final design after tracing, tweaking and all that other good stuff in Adobe Illustrator.

And finally the tees…

T-shirts will be available in a variety of colors depending on availability. To place your order send an email to chillimangodesigns@gmail.com.

Come check out our Merch and enjoy live Music, Poetry & much more every last Sunday of the month at the Kinanda Arts Festival.

Hip Hop lovers enjoy.. Jeru The Damaja – Ya Playing Yourself  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8e76XpXD1o

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Techno-Africana or something that sounds cool like that….

Have you taken the time to study how the African culture & tradition has to coexist with technology? Is it not fascinating?

I was introduced to Blackalicious, a hip hop duo, in 2003-2004 and their album cover (Blazing Arrow) just blew me away as did the music. It had a couple of Maasais either carrying a crate of LPs or just with headphones on. Just Brilliant!!!

Blazing Arrow Album Cover

Therefore, for two months I have been trying to come up with some cool designs that sort of have that feel of balance between African culture & technology. Our roots, our history makes us who we are…. African!

So I give you two new designs; Usawa & Boombox Maasai. Usawa is Swahili for balance/equilibrium…

Remember, to order simply email chillimangodesigns@gmail.com or call 0720-228766.

Listen to: Chemical Calisthenics – Blackalicious (These dudes are brilliant!!)