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Featured Blog Posts – May 2016 Archive (120)

VIDEO PREMIERE: AfrotroniX calls for a united Africa in 'Sinon Le Pays Va Tomber'

As we're gearing up for AFROPUNK Paris 2016, we're premiering the brand-new video from AfrotroniX, who will perform at the event on June 3rd. An afrofuturistic extravaganza, an ode pan-africanism directed by Seif Abdelkerim and Mat Rich.

Afrotronix tells us: "The tittle of the song 'Sinon Le Pays Va Tomber' means 'Or Else The Country Is Going Down'. In this song I say…
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Added by Sound Check on May 31, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Step into ZULUZULUU electro-soul, darkly ambient track ‘Fades’

Steps into the dark, intergalactic universe of ZULUZULUU’s ‘Fades’—a dark ambient, electro-soul track buzzing with sensual energy. Politely packed with spaced-out synths and soothing R&B melodies and vocals. “‘Fades’ is a great introduction into the ZULUZULUU philosophy; let’s fade away the novelty and save the day for prophecy. We waste so much time attempting to please each other with small talk. Can we hold some authentic conversation and challenge each other…

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Added by Sound Check on May 31, 2016 at 2:05am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Sydney-based afro-beat fusion band True Vibenation drops eclectic single ‘The World Is Ours’

One of our premieres today comes from Sydney-based afro-beat jazz band True Vibenation and their single ‘The World Is Ours’. The enthusiastic Afro-Australian trio prides themselves of on DIY process that enables them to fuse an array of soundscapes inspired by Latin-beats, house music, synths, live instrumentation, and even hip-hop. “'The World Is Ours' is about our passion for what unifies us all as human beings and the beat is in a style we like to call 'Afro-Bounce'…

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Added by Sound Check on May 31, 2016 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

16 semi-finalists announced for AFROPUNK Brooklyn Battle Of The Bands 2016!

Congratulations to the 16 semi-finalists of AFROPUNK Brooklyn Battle Of The Bands 2016!

They will battle it out on June 21-24, 2016 in New York. The finals will be July 8th. Stay tuned for more info.

The winner will play at AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2016!

Rock on!…




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Added by Sound Check on May 30, 2016 at 11:55am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Muthoni The Drummer Queen stops by to share her Narobi-set video ‘Make It Right’ feat. The Rambling Wheels

‘Make It Right’ feat. The Rambling Wheels takes Muthoni The Drummer Queen back in time in brand new music video directed by 8278A. The retro-inspired song is the product of a collaboration between the effortlessly powerful soulstress and producers HOOK and GR and its video is filled with ancient Egyptian and Nubian imagery and shot on location in Nairobi, the local artist plays reincarnated personifications of shame, guilt and love; all of which are in a perpetual…

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Added by Sound Check on May 30, 2016 at 12:44am — No Comments

PREMIERE: Filmmaker ETA creates diversity in mumblecore, coming-of-age genres with understated feature film 'Stockton 2 Malone'

Filmmaker and fine artist ETA inserts intersectional, diverse identities into the mumblecore genre with coming-of-age feature film 'Stockton 2 Malone'. As a 1st generation Vietnamese-American, and the son of refugees, ETA uses his perspective to challenge and explore themes of nature vs. nurture, free-will and determinism, and the subtleties and fluidity of social structures. The film itself, which is part two of a triptych, centers around a group of…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 27, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The sacred lake of the Venda tribe inspires Johannesburg-based fashion label Fundudzi’s AW2016 collection

Fundudzi is a Johannesburg fashion label created by designer Craig Jacobs. Drawing inspiration from the sacred lake of the Venda tribe, found in South Africa, Jacobs takes a naturalistic approach, color palette wise, by using colors reflected in the local landscape and wildlife. The mystical aura and traditional fabrics of their culture flavor the aesthetic of Fundudzi’s AW16 collection, as well as the scenic backdrop of the lookbook. See the AW16 collection,…

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Added by Safety Pins on May 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

'NEW MUSIC: Brooklynite Moxiie stands up for herself in experimental R&B track 'FVRS'

Today’s first feature comes from Brooklyn-born Haitian-American singer/songwriter, Moxiie. We’ve featured this R&B goddess a few times, so I’m excited to share her latest single 'FVRS' (pronounced ‘Favors’) with you guys today. ‘FVRS’ is a heady arrangement of R&B and ambience that was produced by Fredro “Fredrik” Odesjo which Moxiie uses to explore the concept of protecting one’s autonomy. “It’s about owning what I want and who I am, good and bad,” the singer…

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Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: "Post-metalgaze" rock band Cult of the Lost Cause Redefine Epicness on The Heavy 'Contritions' #SoundCheck

It's almost a shame listening to Cult of the Lost Causes's Contritions that the most epic thing most of us do on a day-to-day basis is conquer a massive burrito. This is music for traversing the Sahara solo on rhino-back. This is music for waiting for hours for the signal; your last arrow drawn and at the ready. At the very least, it's music for building a motorcycle from spare parts before riding it off into the sunset. Through 8 heavy heavy instrumental tracks, the…

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Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian DIY punk-rocker Moah shares video from self-produced EP’s lead single, ‘Alerta’

In São Paulo, Brazilian musician Moah released his first EP "Desivo" alongside a music video and a zine that explains the production of his music—a full-out package. Having done stints with the underground bands No More Lies and Life To Live, São Paulo, the 25 years-old launched into a solo career, as well as managing other projects.



The EP "Desvio", with four songs, crosses reflections on social and political crises with existential questions. Influenced by the…

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Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 6:13pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: DC-Based G.U.M.P. (Give Us More Power) Blends Post-Rock an Hip-Hop On 'Unusual' #SoundCheck

With a backing band that slides seamlessly between spaced-out jazzy jams and a heavy chorus, DC-based G.U.M.P. may be the first hip-hop group to seriously blend post-rock into their music. Lead vocalist Uno Hype's flow is halfway between sung and rapped so when he kicks in for that 2nd verse, it hits like a ton of bricks. On their latest single, “Unusual,” the band takes a page from Yasiin Bey's massively underrated Black Jack Johnson for a song about a dissolving…

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Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 5:50pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: South London singer/songwriter Jorja Smith releases summertime-ready ambient-soul track ‘Where Did I Go?“

I’ve been waiting for new music from South London singer/songwriter Jorja Smith for a few months now and I’m quite pleased to say that her newest track ‘Where Did I Go?’ is a worthy follow up to the stellar ‘Blue Lights’ and 'A Prince'. ‘Where Did I Go?’ Smith’s buttery vocals once again make me…

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Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: NYC-based MC Kemba dismantles over-simplification and respectability politics in “The New Black Theory”

‘The New Black Theory’ is the newest release, and clever analysis of anti-black culture, by MC Kemba. The powerful track borrows it’s name from that one time Pharrell Williams tried to over-simplify systematic racism and anti-blackness in America by saying "The New Black doesn't blame other races for our issues. The New Black dreams and realizes that it's not a pigmentation; it's a mentality." Through the song, Kemba picks apart the hollow statement, and similar ones, that…

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Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Trinidadian-Canadian artist Ishmil Waterman creates ode to famous fashion photographer Herb Ritts

Feast your eyes on this sumptuous black and white editorial series by photographer Ishmil Waterman, a Toronto-based artist of Trinidadian heritage. The series is an ode to famous fashion photographer Herb Ritts and features costumes designed by Huis Van Suri for Toronto's Caribbean festival in Caribana. Waterman’s gorgeous images were also featured in Vogue Italia. Check ‘em out down below!



By Erin White, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 26, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Cape Town-based art student Nicolas Van Graan and model Sanele Junior Xaba promote self-love with conceptual series

Nicolas Van Graan is a third year graphic design student from Cape Town. The conceptual photo series down below is a collaboration between Van Graan and friend and model Sanele Junior Xaba was developed around the concept of self-love in the face of a society that tells us that are natural existence isn’t good enough. A society that conditions us to second-guess ourselves and shame us for anything considered to be undesirable. “Loving ourselves is probably one of the most…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 26, 2016 at 11:13am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: SATE Speaks On Her Inner Warrior And Why She Will Continue To Fight For Her Voice To Be Heard

Hailing from Toronto, CA, blues-rock singer SATE is busy preparing for the release of her forthcoming album, RedBlack&Blue, out next month. SATE (formerly known as Saidah Baba Talibah) is known for her impassioned spirit, unapologetically fierce sexuality and high energy performances. On August 27th, the phenomenal funkstress will be taking to the AFROPUNK Fest stage to rock the crowds. AFROPUNK.com speaks to SATE about her musical journey. …



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Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: São Paulo’s Mercado Negra project enables Afro-Brazilian female entrepreneurs with fair wage and business ownership opportunities

Mercado Negra is an initiative that has created by Dara Ribeiro, Ketty Valencio and Mariana Mári, as a spaces that encourages black women to create, produce and sell their products which as strengthened economic relations within the black community in São Paulo. The project operates as a fair trade-like model where the only cost to exhibit their products is a symbolic price for the space maintained. The rest of the earnings are theirs.



In Brazil, black people…

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Added by The Race Card on May 25, 2016 at 6:10pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual artist Daniela Yohannes explores the metaphysical on the road to self-discovery

Before we are born expectations are immediately assumed for us and individuality is often times not promoted. In the case of British artist Daniela Yohannes, she has found refuge, enlightenment, and guidance through her wondrous paintings of surrealism & abstraction. Life experiences have enabled her to break free of the artifices society has created. She has used art to help redefine not only herself but also provide a perspective for others to the same. Daniela inputs…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 25, 2016 at 1:29pm — No Comments

FEATURE: French-Congolese fashion designer Natty Kongo mixes punk style with ancient African iconography

Natty Kongo is a French-Congolese fashion designer and musician who draws much of his design inspiration from rock-n-roll culture, abstract neo-expressionist artist like Basquiat, and African iconography and symbols. “During a trip to Kinshasa, an ancestral vision was revealed to me by elder Mangongele, which inspired the creation of an artistic concept and clothing line, as a tribute to our African heritage,” Kongo told us. Check out Natty Kongo’s most recent collection,…

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Added by Safety Pins on May 25, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rocker Andy Miles releases DIY punk-rock track 'Constitution Hill' under newly launched Limited Space Records

As most budding/struggling/starving artist know, the wait for world-wide success, or, at the very least, steady opportunities for exposure and money-making can take a lifetime. That’s why multi-talented artist like Milan-born rocker Andy Miles are taking matters into their own hands. Now based in London, Miles and collaborator Danny Bradshaw are known as the punk-rock duo, The Connectors. As a solo artist, Miles has begun releasing DIY, self-produced tunes under the banner…

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Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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