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NEW MUSIC: Abdu Ali's 'MONGO' is A Mantra of Black Queer Strength #SoundCheck

It seems almost unfair to write about Abdu Ali's latest release after only a week. This is the sort of shit people will be writing dissertations about in 20 years. The density of sound and ideas is staggering. There's a lot to unpack. Listening to MONGO is like injecting bell hooks directly into your brain. Listening to MONGO is like spending a night inside Miles Davis' trumpet. Listening to Mongo is like suspending time in a computer crash. It's also not like those things…


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FEATURE: Check out the inspirational up-and-coming Congolese clothing brand Uchawi

Uchawi (magic craziness in Swahili) is a a Congolese clothing brand created by Laetitia Kandolo in 2014. The label, which is inspired by community-oriented world fashions, works in collaboration with ISAM (Insitut Superieur des Arts et Metiers) Fashion School in Congo DRC—a move that they hope will help tp develop the local textile-making industry and create empowering employment opportunities for women. You can shop some of their looks on…


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NEW MUSIC: Funk-n-hip-hop artist Rickstar releases exuberant EP ‘Funkafied Suave’

Not sure if it’s the fur coat or what but Rickstar EP ‘Funkafied Suave’ gives me several shades of funktastic 1970s pimps. The blistering album is an interesting blend hip-hop and late-Motown-inspired funk. Filled to the brim with in-your-face instrumentation, like the confrontational drums that open ‘Heart Strings’ and the bold horn section on ‘Get Up If You’re Bad’ feat. Sinse. Rickstar’s enthusiasm, showmanship, and pure talent shines brightly, song after song, where he,…


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FEATURE: Rio de Janeiro-based photographer Jefferson Cardoso showcases Brazilian diversity in editorial work

Take a look at the work of the 21 years old Brazilian photographer Jefferson Cardoso. Cardoso, known as Jota, is based in Rio de Janeiro, photographing since his teenage and has been working professionally for almost two years.

What he likes the most in photography is that it enables him to show people how he sees and understand the world. "Everything is a matter of point of view and angle. Everything depends on the way we look at things", he says.



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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Experimental electronica artist Lawrence Lindell drops ambient fight song ‘Melanin Battle’

Today's premiere comes from Lawrence Lindell, an experimental artist out of L.A. His brand new single ‘Melanin Battle’ is an ambient, synth-driven soundscape that builds and builds as if Lindell was performing before your eyes, a row of loop pedals at his feet. There’s a subtle tone of the theatric that creeps in as the track builds, suggesting a little bit of suspense and adrenaline. "I created Melanin Battle as a score to a few thoughts I was having in my head," Lindell…


Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2016 at 12:41pm — No Comments

FEATURE: YouTuber Ameryst helps bring your black goth dreams to fruition with beauty/hair tips and lifestyle advice

YouTuber Ameryst (aka Victoria P.) helps you bring your goth dreams to fruition with lifestyle vlog channel! This lovely darkness enthusiast does some pretty sweet makeup and beauty tutorials for the make-up-wearer on the go, chats about goth culture, and gives style tips for goth-ing within your means. But…


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NEW MUSIC: Bad Brains’ Dr. Know and Deftones’ Chino Moreno join forces for hardcore supergroup Saudade

Chino Moreno of Deftones and BAD BRAINS guitarist Dr. Know, drummer Mackie Jayson, and Crosses’ bassist Chuck Doom and jazz keyboardist John Medeski join forces as new supergroup project called Saudade. Their first single, also called ‘Saudade’, is a brooding quiet storm that rumbles into thunderous intensity. It’s not totally clear which direction the project wants to go in, but this sure is a cool start.

Members of BAD BRAINS will be playing alongside members…


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FEATURE: Meet the fat goth heroine of cartoonist Calyn Pickens-Rich’s Dining with Dana

Dining with Dana is the super cute comic series by illustrator Calyn Pickens-Rich that follows fat goth babe Dana and her friends on the cultural fringe. Calyn uses situation humor to unpack the micro-aggressions fat women face, the ways in which society tells us that we don’t belong and that we need to change. Pickens-Rich also sells merch and…


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NEW MUSIC: British neo-soul singer Samm Henshaw brings down the roof with ‘Our Love’

Happy day, 22-year-old British singer Samm Henshaw has recently released a new single called ‘Our Love’. It is a vintage soul track that takes its high-energy and rock-y-blues cues from gospel and early rock-n-roll, which quickly crescendo into an uplifting party-of-a-song. Definitely check it out for yourself down below and come see Samm play at AFROPUNK Paris June 4, tickets available HERE.…


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FEATURE: May Daniels goes bohemian for 'Working On A Groovy Thing' series by SWANK photography

Check out pictures from 'Working On A Groovy Thing'—the recent retro-inspired editorial collaboration between SWANK photography and model May Daniels. Bra-free, lace-clad, bell-bottoms flared, Daniels channels the eclectic 1970s fashion and spirit and looks incredible while doing so. See more of the series down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…


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FEATURE: Art Hoe Collective talks “Lemonade” and black artists reclaiming appropriated music genres

After much anticipation and speculation, Beyoncé finally released her 6th album and 2nd visual album “LEMONADE”. The internet went wild over the stunning visuals, star studded black femme cast, and pro black message. The film touched base on infidelity, the intersections of gender and race, and the resonance of african culture in the south, all within its hour and five minute timeframe. The visual album is broken down into twelve stages that represent the cycle of…


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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: L.A. native Brit Manor shares funky disco-soul single ‘Wheels of Eternity’

On this fine afternoon we’re premiering a new song from Brit Manor called ‘Wheels of Eternity’ from her upcoming EP 'Only Child'. This disco dance track might be dressed up in sequins and funky-ass bass, but lyrically, Manor poetically explores themes of reincarnation and the transcendent. “Having lost a handful of loved ones in recent years and subsequently spreading ashes on shores, I was left with accepting the implications of death and the afterlife. Which to me seems…


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FEATURE: World Geometric and photographer Hudson Vagner editorialize the wicked, DIY style of Curitiba locals

World Geometric and photographer Hudson Vagner collaborated on this street style editorial, shot around Curitba, Paraná, Brazil. Drawing inspired by the work of Bill Cunningham, a pioneers of street fashion photography in New York City, Vagner and co. put an editorialized spin on the fashion candid. The models (Micheli Carolina, Luiz Gustavo, Gabriela Clemente) rock colorful coifs and accessible fashion, styled by World Geometric’s Micheli Carolina.…


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FEATURE: Brooklyn-based Control the Sound live out our teenage garage-rock band dreams

You need to check out the youngins of Brooklyn garage rock band Control The Sound. Formed by a handful of 11-year-old musicians bursting at the seams with high-energy, creativity, and passion for rock, funk, and ska music. To be honest, unassuming stature and young ages will lower expectations for many, but that only serves to their benefit. They kids blow it right out of the water every time, blowing unsuspecting minds ‘round Brooklyn. Peep some of their live performances…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2016 at 10:26am — 7 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Afro-beat-ska-jazz fusion band Nubiyan Twist drops vivacious single 'Headhunter'

Nubiyan Twist’s brand new track 'Headhunter' is a celebratory blend of ska-flavored jazz melodies, Afro-beats, and bright, jazzy horns. One of the tracks from their much-anticipated EP ‘Siren Song’, 'Headhunter' packs a heavy punch of eclectic dub-fusion that's layered with neo-soul and latin instrumentation. “Nubiya takes inspiration from Nat King Cole and gives a nod to Wendy Rene’s ‘After Laughter’ in her writing. A less common addition to a Ska track is Latin…


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FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Kelvin Yule and Mauricio Sacramento collaborate for Ibirapuera Park-shot editorial

Brazilian photographer Kelvin Yule and model Mauricio Sacramento collaborate in this editorial. Shot on location at Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo and set to an industrial-looking backdrop, there’s something distantly dystopian about the harsh concrete and Sacramento’s unitarian styling. Bonus points for the impeccably bleached facial hair.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…


Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2016 at 6:38pm — No Comments

FEATURE: South African photographer Veli Pasha searches for a soulmate in psychedelic editorial ‘Where’s Adam’

Check out 'Where's Adam', a psychedelic photo series by South African photographer Veli Pasha. The conceptual series, shot on location in Kaalfontein, South Africa, was based on the role of Mother Nature and her control over the physical. In it we follow Eve, a woman who has been separated from, now in search of, her soulmate Adam. ‘Where’s Adam’ is reminiscent of Alice’s wonderland where the surreal dominates each image, resulting in a visually interesting,…


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FEATURE: Check out Vortex Comics Nigerian superheroes series Wrath House

Wrath House is a comic series by Lagos-based Vortex comics, which produces graphic series’ and cartoons with roots in pan-African culture. The series follows a group of revolutionary rebels who are leading the charge against an oppressive political state. Wrath House takes place sometime in the distant future, but is steeped in historical events and ancient cultures. You can check out issues …


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FEATURE: Brother-in-law confirms Prince's Paisley Park to become Graceland-style memorial

Almost a week after the music legend's sudden death, there’s already been plenty of speculation as to what will happened to his estate, Paisley Park. The (approximately) 65,000 square-foot complex housed the artist’s recording studio, event spaces for the epic parties he threw, the treasure trove of a zillion unreleased songs, rehearsal space, and a ton of cool, mysterious shit we’ll probably never know about. Unless what friend and Prince’s former fiancee, Sheila E.,…


Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Check the Afrofuturist Visuals to WebsterX's Latest “Everything” #SoundCheck

With an Afrofuturist sensibility and a mesmerizingly off-kilter flow, WebsterX goes looking for life on Mars on his latest head-spinner “Everything.” Q the Sun handles builds a beat off an interpolated Radiohead riff. The video by Cody Laplant and Damien Blue is almost more a short film, with WebsterX's Martian falling to Earth to bring hope and a sense of identity to a young kid. It's strange, moving, and totally captivating.

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