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Featured Blog Posts – July 2015 Archive (156)

FEATURE: Genrehopper Kevin Michael Stakes His Claim as a Pop Writer on "Dirty Little F**k"

The new millennium has seen a renaissance from artists like Andre 3000, Pharrell, Kelis and Cee-Lo Green attempting to take on a range full of music and ideas, while creating hits that are undeniable without losing any bit of their originality as people. Because of these people songs like "Hey Ya!", "Happy", "Crazy" and "Fuck You" have all become unexpected hits.

What's more is that all of their albums are equally solid, proving that no one has the upper hand in selling a…


Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 4:21pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 2 New Songs from AFROPUNK Fest 2015 Artist Gary Clark Jr. #SoundCheck

The great Gary Clark Jr. just popped up with 2 new cuts from his forthcoming record for us to love. Both “The Healing” and “Grinder” feature a rawer sound than his previous Blak and Blu. His guitar work is cutting and ferocious, particularly on the infectious “Grinder” where he twists a single suspended note into a pained requiem for the American dream. “People dying for this money / Might not be around too long / So I'm gone.”

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim…

Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 2:07pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Fashion Rebels' - Young entrepreneurs making moves in Pretoria, South Africa

A fashion crew is bringing some edginess to Pretoria, South Africa, in the form of a "social market" described as a way to bring together "the people of Pretoria involved in growing the capital city in terms of ART // FASHION // FOOD & MUSIC." Fashion Rebels are co-founders Maitele Wawe and Thifhelimbilu Mudau, and their colleague Sizophila Dlezi.

In an interview…


Added by Safety Pins on July 31, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK LIVE STREAM - The Skins, Vintage Trouble, and Wangechi Mutu's Triptych Film at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival

AFROPUNK @ Lincoln Center - join us today for a sneak peek of what's to come at the AFROPUNK festival August 22 and 23 in Brooklyn. Performances by The Skins, Vintage Trouble, and Wangechi Mutu's AFROPUNK presents The Triptych film as a part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors! Hosted by Kimberly Nichole. Click below to stream it live, beginning July 31st at 7:30…


Added by Matthew on July 31, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Meet Groovy Electro-funk Band Rocky

France-based band Rocky blends electro beats with groovy funkiness. They made waves with their self-titled debut EP, which featured bouncy tracks like ‘Chase The Cool’ and ‘Band Against The Wall’ (stream below), produced by their Labelgum labelmate Guillaume Brière ‘The Shoes’. Lead singer Ines Kokou and her bandmates Olivier Bruggeman, Tom Devos and Laurent Paingault are onto something... Let's see what they come up with next.



Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits."…


Added by Eye Candy on July 31, 2015 at 2:52am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Fall Back/Be With You' - The Mesmerizing New Single From Singer And Occasional Beatmaker Bridget Perez

Listen to the energetic new single from New York singer and producer Bridget Perez - 'Fall Back/Be With You'. The track is the lead single from her forthcoming full length project, 'Excréments: Première Pression'; and the singer states, “This little teaser is dedicated to anyone who has ever managed to keep their #Fallbackgame strong while caught in a fatal attraction.” Check it out below.

By Alexander…


Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Make no mistake, this is an act of white supremacy” - Sandra Bland Mural Defaced by #AllLivesMatter Protesters

On tuesday it was reported that a Sandra Bland mural in Ottawa, Canada, had been defaced by #AllLivesMatter protesters - with the very same hashtag it has used time and time again to overshadow the epidemic of violence against black people. The mural, a tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter activist who was found dead in a Texas jail (after being threatened, assaulted, and arrested by Texas Trooper Brian Encinia during a traffic stop), was painted by local artists…


Added by The Establishment on July 30, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: "A Story Of Pain, Lust And Stolen Moments" - British Alt Singer Songwriter Alxndr London Releases Soulful New Track, 'Date X'

Have a listen to the latest offering from British nu-soul musician Alxndr London, 'Date X' - a track which combines disco and funk elements with hard hitting bass lines and the London based singer songwriter's signature soulful melodies. The musician tells us that the track "paints a story of pain, lust and stolen moments", and adds: "Whilst the paint was wet, my soul rocked and rolled back and forth across the canvas with the funky gods of disco." After hearing…


Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rapper Angel Haze Flows Harder Than Ever On New Track, 'Impossible'

Listen to the hard-hitting brand new single from Angel Haze - 'Impossible' (produced by Tk Kayembe). With its empowering lyrics, and no holds barred energy, the Detroit-born rapper affirms that all things are possible: "I just go through my options again / Defeat all my obstacles, 'feat all my obstacles / There is nothin' that can't hold me down". Haze has been pretty much quiet since the release of their 2013 debut album, 'Dirty Gold'; and if this track is anything…


Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Faye McCray Discusses Her Journey as an African American Horror Author

My name is Faye McCray, and I am a writer. I write Horror and New Adult fiction. I majored in English in college and went on to practice law. It took a long time for me to come to terms with my identity as a writer. After personal tragedy and well-needed soul searching, I had the guts to stand firm in who I am as an artist. As an African American female genre author, I am able to explore sides of our humanity in spaces and ways our stories are not typically…


Added by Eye Candy on July 30, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: NYC Underground Legends Faith Return With 'Soul Secrets.' #SoundCheck

In 1984, singer Felice Rosser borrowed some money from her friend, the great Jean Michel Basquiat, for a bass. His response: “You'll never pay me back.” She's spent the subsequent 30 years paying him back by playing bass in various bands, earning a reputation for her effortless grooves and inimitable vocal styling. In between her session work, she's spent 20 years as the leader of Faith, an NYC roots rock and reggae trio. The trio has spent 20 years operating in fits and spurts. A… Continue

Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2015 at 11:39am — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Writer and musician, Supremo Massiv

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration. Meet Writer and musician, Supremo Massiv... digging his 70s vibe..


By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Safety Pins on July 29, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Garage Rocker Benjamin Booker Is Going On A North American Tour

Garage Rocker Benjamin Booker has been wowing crowds this festival season, playing festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Glastonbury. Now the musician has announced a US tour with 9 dates already set. Check out those dates below; plus see Booker's latest visual, 'Wicked Waters', and his performance at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

VIDEO PREMIERE: The New Video From Alt Songstress Sarah White - 'Create Found' (Her Atmospheric Love Song)

Today we're premiering the new video from Minneapolis based songstress Sarah White - 'Create Found'. The atmospheric new single, produced by Rico Simon Mendez, is described by its producer as a song about being surrounded by love but not being open to it. Sarah White tells us, "For me, 'Create Found' is the story of the pulsing heart. When I wrote the lyrics I was thirsty for an understanding around the complex ways that we navigate with love, lust, openness..…


Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'Soul Black' - Artist Nina Franco Explores Racial And Gender Identity In Brazil Through The Words And Backs Of Black Women

Explore 'Soul Black', the latest work from Brazilian visual artist Nina Franco. The collection, which was recently exhibited at SESC Ramos in Rio de Janeiro, explores the issues of ethnic, racial, and gender identity with photography and confessional letters (each letter based on the following question: "How do you feel being a black woman in a patriarchal and racist country?"). As you'll see below, the subjects in each photo were photographed from the back;…


Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

FASHION: 'Matty The Neon' - Model Maty Sal Features In Photographer Kazuma Takigawa's Captivating New Work For Superior Magazine

Check out these majestic visuals! The images, featuring model Maty Sal, were lensed by Japanese photographer Kazuma Takigawa for Superior Magazine (with hair and make up from Anastasia Hess); and its neon colors paired with the model's flawless skin and bantu knots makes the Copenhagen based photographer's latest work a captivating sight. Explore…


Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Versatile Voice Of Funk Soulstress & AFROPUNK Member Sam Reed

Get into the sound of funk soulstress Samantha Hewlett Reed, aka Sam Reed - a Virginia based singer-songwriter (and AFROPUNK member) known for her powerful belter of a voice. As you'll hear below, Reed is a versatile vocalist; jumping into the groove with vocal gymnastics and then switching it up for softer moments (just listen to her breathtaking tribute to Radiohead to hear the latter). Explore below!

By Alexander…


Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Engone Endong's #OKENG Marries Highlife and Afrobeat to Futurist Hip-Hop Production #SoundCheck

It's the rare instrumental beat tape that stands on its own. But with its mix of hip-hop, highlife, and Afrobeat, Montreal-based Gabonese producer Engone Endong creates an engaging and unique sonic universe. Most tracks run under 2 minutes, with mvett loops and 70's breaks doing battle with ultra-deep synth basslines and beats. The jagged cut loops and soundscapes keep his futurist-leanings grounded. “Atarega,” “Mvõn,” and “Aton Oyane” especially make killer use of…


Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Unapologetic Beauty - The Photography Of #StudioLovn

Take a look at the photography of #StudioLovn aka Virginia based freelance photographer Niqko Charles, and the breathtaking and bold women that feature in his work - proudly showcasing their skin, hair, and bodies (unapologetically). Explore the images below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Eye Candy on July 28, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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