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AFROPUNK's Blog – September 2010 Archive (35)

Duck Sauce's Viral Video Feat. Santigold, Pharrell, Vampire Weekend, ?uestlove, Kanye West...

Oh stop lying, you know you've always fantasized about a feel-good dance track about Barbra Streisand with a video featuring Santigold, Pharrell Wiliams, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, ?uestlove, Kanye West... and a terrible Barbra Streisand impersonator. Well, Duck Sauce DJ/producers A-Trak and Armand Van Helden just made your dream come true! They've invited some of their well-known friends to appear in their delirious vid,… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 29, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Cerebral Ballzy Tour: A Punk Storm Barreling Through the US, Canada & Europe

Hide your jewels, skate punk rabble-rousers Cerebral Ballzy are about to hit cities in the US, Canada and Europe. 17 new tour dates have been announced so far (see full schedule below). And if you don't know who the hell Cerebral Ballzy are (shame!), scroll down to check out their video and download their free mixtape. Punks!

- Lou C-D…


Added by AFROPUNK on September 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Afro-punk crashes Virgin Mobile Music Fest!!! Day 2

After getting their 9AM wake up call, the Afro-punk volunteer members and bands headed downstairs of the Sheraton Hotel to meet up and get ready to head to the Virgin Mobile Music Fest. Some people got some breakfast while others picked up their tickets for the days festival before getting on the bus to head out.

Afro-punk crashes Virgin Mobile Music Fest!!!…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Kominas: Unwillingly Becoming The New Faces Of "Muslim Punk"

Afro-punk members The Kominas have been on our radar for a while now, and their talent is starting to be recognized around the world. Most notably with Live sessions for the BBC, and features in major TV shows, presenting them as the new faces of "islamic punk" or "muslim punk". Lead singer Basim Usmani abhors the term, as it makes it sound like they want to force their religion down the listeners' throats. Granted, with… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 27, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Afro-punk crashes Virgin Mobile Music Fest!!! Day 1

Sometimes shit's just too cool to be true. Try telling someone that if they volunteered for a couple of hours in support of youth homelessness awareness that they would receive an all expense paid trip to the Virgin Mobile Music Festival in Baltimore, MD. Trust me, they will look at you like you're the creep that sends them those lotto prize e-mails from Africa. Well, Afro-punk recently partnered with Virgin Mobile to set up a series of parties and volunteer events to spread…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 27, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Memorials Reveal New Songs + Play Show With Fishbone

As you may know, The Memorials are one of the rock bands we're really excited about right now. Led by ex-The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen, they first caught our attention with their banging single 'West Coast'. And now they're revealing new tracks from their upcoming album (to be released independently on November 23rd). Take a listen below, and stay tuned… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 27, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

M.I.A. National Tour (with Special Guest Rye Rye)

M.I.A. is currently on a national U.S. tour with the first artist signed to her N.E.E.T. Records label, 19-year-old Rye Rye.


Sat. Sep 25 Washington DC – @ V fest (M.I.A without Rye Rye)

Sun. Sep 26 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Mon. Sep 27 New York, NY – Terminal 5

Wed. Sep 29 Chicago, IL – Vic

Thu. Sep 30 Chicago, IL – Vic

Sun. Oct 3 Ithaca, NY – Cornell University

Mon. Oct 04 Boston, MA – Royale Nightclub


Added by AFROPUNK on September 25, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Stream: Opera, Rock and Pop Collide In Sye Spence's Mad Mad World

With influences ranging from Kate Bush & Tina Turner to Freddy Mercury & Madonna, New York-based artist Sye Spence isn't playing when it comes to expressing herself through music. Her EP 'Mad Mad World' is a reflection of her genre-bending approach. Pop, rock, opera, all come together in this intense, raw and highly personal record. She had us at "I'll show you who the fuck I am", lyrics from her single "A Merican Dream". Stream all the songs below (to get your… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 24, 2010 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

LISTEN: D'Angelo & Mark Ronson Collab On "Glass Mountain Trust"

If you've been wondering where the hell D'Angelo has been, here's a little something that you might like. Producer Mark Ronson (Amy Whinehouse, Gnarls Barkley) is about to release an album on September 27th, which will feature a cut with D'Angelo. Take a listen below and tell us what you think! Ronson has also announced that he's currently working on D'Angelo's next record, giving hope to the singer's fans who've been waiting 10 years since the release of his 'Voodoo' album.… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 24, 2010 at 4:00pm — 13 Comments

Really?! Tea Party Attempting To Recruit Blacks With "DiverseTea" Program

From our partners at Newsone (via

"FreedomWorks, the big daddy of the tea party-sponsoring organizations, is the latest to make an attempt at shedding the movement's all-white image. The group recently announced DiverseTea, a targeted advertising and outreach campaign aimed at extending the tea party's reach into minority communities.…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 24, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Elle Magazine Causes Controversy By Lightening “Precious” Star Gabourey Sidibe?

From our partners at Newsone:

"The UK Telegraph is reporting about a controversy brewing over Elle Magazine’s cover with Precious star, Gabourey Sidibe. The magazine has been accused of…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 22, 2010 at 1:26pm — 10 Comments

Hurricane American Fangs Hitting North America (Again)

Our favorite Houston rockers American Fangs are back at it, doing it big with yet another national tour, this time with pop/punk group Four Year Strong. 33 U.S. dates have already been announced, from coast to coast. If you've never experienced American Fangs Live, check out the music and videos below, and catch them when they hit your area (read on for… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 22, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Video: Bad Rabbits' Muppet Madness In "Neverland"

If you so happen to be in the mood for tongue-in-cheek funky dopeness coupled with a muppet show, check out our boys Bad Rabbits' new video for their track 'Neverland'. The guys are also on tour, so you can experience that funk Live in a city near you while you wait for their next record (they've been seen in recording studios with Chino from… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 20, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Bilal's Bringing Funky-Jazzy Back With New Record

All you lovers of funky jazz-rock-soul fusion, rejoice! Bilal's sophomore album, Airtight's Revenge, is out now on L.A.'s Plug Research label. Political at times ("Robots", "The Dollar") , very personal at others ("Little One"), often theatrical, the record showcases the versatility Bilal is known for. If you're looking for formulaic catchy tunes, keep moving, this one's not really for you as the artist definitely comes from a jazz perspective. Bilal's previous album got… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 20, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Video: Morcheeba - "Blood Like Lemonade"

Haven't you heard? British trip-hop group Morcheeba just released the video for "Blood Like Lemonade", second single from their album of the same name released a few months ago. Helmed by director Joshua Leonard and featuring actor Robert Forster (Jackie Browne, Heroes), we're told that "it tells the tale of a man driven by his personal loss, on a mission to heal himself by bringing peace to the sin in all of us"... Sounds like a plan!… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 17, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Outlawing Burqas: Protecting Gender-Equality & Secularism, Or Assault On Freedom Of Religion?

The French Senate recently passed a bill making it illegal for people to conceal their faces in public. One of the reasons behind this piece of legislation was to target burqa and niqab-style Islamic veils and robes. The bill will take effect in six months if France's Constitutional Council doesn't reject it. Protection of gender-equality and secular values, or public assault on freedom of religion?

Our partners from… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 17, 2010 at 4:30pm — 12 Comments

Listen: Nikki Lynette Back At It With New EP "The Strong Survive"

Now this is one hard-working independent artist. Singer/rapper/producer Nikki Lynette is back at it with her brand-new EP "The Strong Survive", showcasing her signature blend of singing and rapping. Some of the songs have already been licensed to TV shows, and we're hearing that one of them will also be featured in a movie. Nikki is currently traveling around the US to meet her fans & supporters, and to sell the… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 15, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Urbanworld Film Festival Sept 15 - 19 in NYC

From our friends over at Urbanworld Film Festival:

The 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival announced actress Kerry Washington as festival ambassador and Magnolia Pictures’ Night Catches Us – directed by Tanya Hamilton and starring Washington and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) – as the Opening Night film. The world premiere of the family drama I Will Follow – written and directed by Ava DuVernay and starring Salli…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 15, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Skunk Anansie's First Album In More Than 10 Years Out Today!

It's here! Skin and her bad-ass band Skunk Anansie released their album 'Wonderlustre' in numerous countries today. Last year's greatest hits notwithstanding, this is their first album in more than 10 years. Described as a "rollercoaster of moods", 'Wonderlustre' is a mix of the band's signature intense songs with more mellow (yet still energetic) tracks. Skunk Anansie are relentlessly touring in promotion of the record, and chances are they are playing near you soon… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 13, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Opinion: "Why Does America Hate Islam?"

Following the recent incidents revolving around Islam in America, we're publishing this piece from our partners at Newsone, written by Casey Gane-McCalla:

"I’d never thought I’d see the day when Black people weren’t the most hated group in America. Even during World War II, the Nazis prisoners were given better treatment than Black soldiers. Sure America hated communists a lot, but they…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 13, 2010 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

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