Have a look at yesterday's 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA. This program curated by AFROPUNK was a satellite version of the acclaimed AFROPUNK Fest with performances by Alice Smith, The Bots, V. Bozeman and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, multimedia art installations by Ewok and was hosted by Joi. Check out some photos from the event below'; shot by Stephen Paul; and check out the rest …Continue
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Have a listen to the debut single from new British singer-songwriter Alxndr London. The debut, 'Cold Sun', perfectly showcases the East Londoner's brand of alt R&b, taking the neo-soul of the past into a direction of electronica - or as iD magazine put it, "nu-soul soaked electronica". Listen to the self-described creative wanderer…Continue
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Listen to New York based singer-songwriter Nakaya's latest single, 'Colored Lines'. The alternative folk artist (a Los Angeles native) is currently studying at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, and is developing a sound that blends the musical genres of folk, R&B and electronica. Check out the single below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…Continue
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Check out Kimberly Thompson - the multi-instrumentalist and music educator, most recognised for being part of Beyoncé's all-female band and for her position as the in-house drummer (of The 8G Band) on talk show Late Night with Seth Myers. Thompson is regarded as one of the most talented female drummers in the world, performing in over 30 countries and playing locally in some of America's most respected venues. Watch her percussion skills below.…Continue
Red Bull Sound Select presents New York: curated by AFROPUNK! Join us March 10th at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn to catch performances from Jesse Boykins, …Continue
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Listen to the new release from Jaden Smith, 'Beast Mode'. The single (recorded when he was 15 years old) was produced by Ta-ku and the mix of three tracks showcases Jaden's clever wordplay. Listen to his lyrical offering below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
Listen to the new album from Ex's With Benefits, 'Bad Hotel' - described in one review as "part rock, part grunge, part power pop and a whole lotta punk." After hearing featured single 'Puritan Party' (a song about the GOP), it would be appropriate to add "part political" to that list. The band was formed in 2012 when drummer Alex Vincent reconnected with high…Continue
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Listen to the new single from Brazilian metal/punk band Project Black Pantera (Portuguese for Panther), titled 'Manifestação'. The trio continue to create a dynamic sound with a message for the people, politically charged and unapologetically. Hear more from the group …Continue
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In an appearance on WNYC's Folks Songs of America program, Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, boast of a 500 song repertoire. “I can sing 500 songs, and never go back to the first one,” he declares. Though Smithsonian Folkways' stunning new box set doesn't feature all 500, it collects 5 hours of Leadbelly recordings, including an hour of previously unreleased recordings. Whether a casual fan or a diehard obsessive (me), the Smithsonian's Lead Belly box set is the…Continue
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Last month British songstress and ukulele player Purple Ferdinand made her long awaited return to music with 'Loving the Hate' and as promised the singer has now released her new EP 'Love Bound'.
Stream the full EP HERE and listen to featured single 'Loving The Hate'…
His friends call him “Haku”, like the harmless demon from the anime “Spirited Away”. Video games and mangas are an important source of inspiration for the Parisian beatmaker Akuji. Indeed, the spelling of his pseudonym comes from the video game Akuji the Heartless, which tells the story of a voodoo priest whose heart…Continue
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Boston-based Back Talk provides the antidote to the millions of bands who have taken “pop punk” to mean “try to sound as much like New Found Glory as possible.” Their latest single, 'Art Imitates Wife' is loaded with an indelible hook whose sweetness is cut with a Minor Threat namecheck. Though the song lacks the constant stream of Harry Potter puns of their last single “Boy Who Lived,” it ratchets up the infectiousness. Living somewhere between Radish and The…Continue
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Behind every great musician is often a great producer working tirelessly behind the scenes - most of whom never get the public recognition they deserve. This could be said of the late Tom Wilson, the African-American producer behind some of Bob Dylan's most iconic songs. The Daily Beast recently profiled the record producer, check it out here (excerpts…Continue
The former lead guitarist of Nairobi based Dove Slimme stretches his chops in his new project, Hybrid Actuary. The project, named after his side gig as an actuary, features the virtuoso nodding to metal legends like Kirk Hammett and Joe Satriani with odd bits of Van Halen effects-laden tapping thrown in for good measure. On tracks like 'Love and Anxiety', and the triumphant leads of 'Woolly Mammoth', Hybrid Actuary showcases his strong fretwork. Some songs like the…Continue
Following the release of her new single 'Rta', three new Willow Smith offerings have now surfaced - shared by Willow's older brother Jaden. The sibling collaborations will feature on Jaden's upcoming album, 'This Is The Album'. Listen to 'Bike', 'Moon In My Room', 'Bike' and '11:30pm', below.
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This Friday Cakes Da Killa celebrates the release of his new EP, 'IMF'. The 5 track EP was released for Valentine's Day and sees the rapper exploring love and lust with his signature lyricism and attack. See the details for Friday's party, below: and listen to EP here.…
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Two thirds of the way through Lorelei, Sunny Shading distills his confessional lyrics down to an essential couplet: “But maybe is such a strong damn word that doesn't really mean a thing / so I'll say just what I mean.” Singer Theo Francois doesn't so much write lyrics as document his inner monologue. A swirl of insecurities, anxieties, but also hopes, Francois' music is the soundtrack to that moment when you realize things aren't how you expected them to be.…
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The mountains of Eastern Tennessee have always been a home to great acoustic music. From the Appalachian folk and blues of the 1920s to now, artists have inspiration in the crossroads of sounds. Celebrated venues like Johnson City's Acoustic Coffeehouse have grown as meeting places for the misfitting people of the area, populated with artists who mix a diverse range of influences into their roots and Americana. Johnson City based Amythyst Kiah's music draws equally from the…Continue
Kelela has announced the deluxe edition of her critically acclaimed EP 'Cut 4 Me'. The deluxe version of the 2013 offering will come out March 24 in the US and March 23…Continue
Today we're premiering the video for Young Paris' new single, 'The HAUS' (directed by Jeremy Rubier, Mateo Mounier, and Young Paris) - in the words of the New York based African electro musician, the project is an Afro-futuristic Statement about cultural appropriation". Get into his energetic visuals, below!
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…