New York-based Ghanaian artist, Dennis Owusu-Ansah, recently worked on a project that reimagines rappers and cultural icons as Ghanaian royalty, draped in kente cloth. But it doesn’t stop there. Owusu-Ansah also renamed each icon, providing traditional monikers for each.

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Chris Kofi Sarpong Brown

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Chief Shawn “Ugonna” Jay Z Carter 160113102537-dennis-artist-7-super-169-600x338

Sean Puffy Nana Antwi Combs 160113102701-dennis-artist-8-super-169-600x338

Mazi Odinnaka Rosey 160113102727-dennis-artist-9-super-169-600x338

Robyn Rihanna Amahle Fenty 160113102822-dennis-artist-10-super-169-600x338

Beyonce Lankenua Carter

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Aubrey Drake Abdul-Salam Graham (PALMWINEPAPI)

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“I figured something must be done to change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture… They had no idea what my friend was wearing. One of the guys shouted ‘That man has a blanket wrapped around his body like it’s winter time.’ I saw this incident as an opportunity to educate people about who we are, and what we stand for through my art… Africa isn’t only about what the media portrays on television [it is] a continent rich in history, diversity and traditions.”

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