ART we LIKE: Fred Martins’ Afrocombs

The afro comb is used by a Nigerian artist to celebrate African consciousness

Fela Kuti "Orange, Black and Freedom" Fred Martins

What do you think is so strong about the comb as a symbol?

Afro combs were worn in the 70’s by fluffy-afroed youths in America as a protest against repression and it goes beyond style and adornment, a comb has a strong historical play for Africans. Combs were connected to both cultural and religious beliefs, even though they were fashionable and also used for combating lice, ticks and fleas. The over 5500-year-old Afro-combs discovered in Kemet (Egypt) disproves the present theories that denies Egypt its blackness. It connects Africans to their ancestors.

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