It appears we got some 'splainin' to do. Our most recent release, the shirt we dubbed Rich Negus Mansa Musa, is a design inspired by none other than his Imperial Greatness Mansa Musa. It also incorporates some African lingo many of us should find useful. Now, we always encourage everyone to do his/her own research on everything, but here's a few facts to get you started:
Mansa Musa was the richest man on the planet in his day. He was the ruler of the Mali Empire (which included the legendary trade hot-spot, Timbuktu). Many scholars contest that the amount of gold Musa controlled at that time can not be matched by even the richest billionaire in the world today. And for those who don't know, Mansa is a Mandinka word meaning "King of Kings" or "emperor."
Instead of n***a say NEGUS, because it is a title simply denoting "King" in the Afro-Asiatic Ge'ez, Tigrinya, Tigre, and Amharic languages.
DESIGN AND ARTISTIC VISION
You may have noticed the "alchemic" feel of this design. We appreciate your vision. As we all know, alchemy or chemistry originated in what is now called Africa (most scholars say Egypt, specifically) and that the Moors brought it into Spain during their re-occupation where it then spread to the rest of Europe or Western Asia. The version of Alchemy the Africans practiced was more than turning lead into gold. It was more spiritual than material.
That being said, symbols mean different things to different people. There are no deep meanings behind the shapes or angles in our design, just a respect for the transformative magic of history.
AND FINALLY, THANK YOU!
We're so happy about the support you guys have given us. Our promise is to continue to produce designs that represent our true history. Our goal is to spread this kind of knowledge and truth to the whole world, stimulate and support our communities while doing so. Your continued support means the world to us! Thank You.
The CaliBakers Team
So, if you have any historical figure you think should be on a shirt, comment below! And don't forget to share and repost this to your friends. Small things can add up and make a big difference.