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shennamusic.comShy out of VA, emerges pop-star SHENNA. Taking over underground blog sites such as,, and, her five tracks, pop-filled Dream in Color EP has grabbed a lot of ears. Recently released in May, the watercolors of the cover art match her warm and bright vocals, which may be what’s missing from your summer playlist. Starting out with simple covers of Ciara and Aaliyah,…


Added by Sharell Jeffrey on July 26, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: MIA goes "Gold" for The Partysquad's 2014 Summer Mixtape

“Show me your gold, do what you’re told!!!” MIA joins Dutch DJ duo The Partysquad on their annual summer mixtape with the banger “Gold” which has been circulating the internet since yesterday. The mixtape is too good not to listen to in its entirety; but if you only clicked for Matangi then just skip to the 45:20 mark.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

New Visual "Faithful Brave and Honest " by The Honorable South

Faithful Brave and Honest

"Abolition is not some distant future but something we create in every moment when we say no to the traps of empire and yes to the nourishing possibilities dreamed of and practiced by our ancestors and friends.…


Added by THE HONORABLE SOUTH on July 25, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Internet's "Summer" mix for HYPETRAK mix series

Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians of Odd Future’s The Internet have joined up with HYPETRAK to release an ecclectic summer mix aptly titled "Summer" for HYPETRAK’s Mix series; and as though the mix coudn't get any better, it's totally free to download.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Danny Brown teams up with british producer Rustie

Following their partnership earlier in the year on “Dope Song”, Scottish producer Rustie teams up with rapper Danny Brown once again for another collaborative effort. "Attak" has all the hardhitting beats, choppy synths, and trap swag we’ve come to expect from the partnership.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Smooth and melodic songstress Brenda Nicole Moorer blossoms with her EP ‘For Lovers & Believers’

Brenda Nicole Moorer captivated me with her melodic flow and whimsical vibrations. Her EP 'For Lovers & Believers' (released March 2014) showcases her natural talents; accompanied often by a live band, her vocals lead her listeners on a carefree yet insightful journey of emotions. Self taught pianist and guitarist, Moorer tells stories through her music. Complete with airy arias and refreshing jazz influences, she brings something new to the table with her artistry. Her…


Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: South African Illustrators Redefining the Afro-Aesthetic

The Afrocentric aesthetic has become a cliché within itself. It’s been muffled with defunct and ill-informed iconography and filled to brim with afros, fists and animal prints referenced from overly exhausted templates that expired lifetimes ago. For countless centuries the creative products of Africans have been ornamental to the lives of middle classed Europeans with postcard knowledge of their origins. With our cultural symbols being diluted and simplified to match the drapes…


Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments


The Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke is set to return to the music forefront, announcing plans to release a sophomore LP "Trick" in the next coming months.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

The official…


Added by Sound Check on July 24, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Creative Bridge Towards Innovative Technology

Find out how musician Rashida White made history at The White House !

Click here for story: Piddle Productions…


Added by blaqvenus on July 24, 2014 at 3:03pm — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago's west side, Union Park, was once again home to Pitchfork Music Festival known for its mix of musical acts ranging from indie rock to New York rap. The festival continues to draw crowds of music lovers from genre to genre and that continues to be the greatest joy of this…


Added by Sound Check on July 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sinkane (ex-Yeasayer) Reveals 2 New Tracks From His Forthcoming Solo Record #SoundCheck

For anyone familiar with Yeasayer's retrofuture grooves, new music from former member Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab) is always cause for celebration. The new singles from his forthcoming record Mean Love give even more reason to be excited.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Georgia Anne Muldrow takes us to space with "Crossroads"

As one fan put it, this single is "outta space fonk", and Georgia Anne Muldrow is indeed back with that batch of intergalacticness and synth treatment which we've come to crave from her. Get into this certified jam.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: SBTRKT releases new single "New Dorp, New York" and announces sophmore studio album

The masked London dance producer SBTRKT has announced the release of his sophomore album Wonder Where We Land, and we now have the first single "New Dorp, New York". Although the producer released an experimental EP "Transitions" a few months ago, many have been waiting impatiently for his next studio album and follow up to the self titled debut album of 2011. If "New Dorp, New York" is anything to go by, the wait was…


Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - How Black Ownership & Public Transit Boycotts Led to Civil Rights Success

The decision of “separate but equal” from the landmark 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson reversed the small progress that was made combating racism after the Civil War. The decision would trigger three distinct waves of boycotts by black American against racial discrimination. It also marked a dramatic surge of black entrepreneurship in the transportation field.

By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by The Establishment on July 23, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art in Minneapolis

'Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art' showcases Thursday, July 24th at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Midwestern AfroPunks who weren’t privy to the two-part exhibitions at the NYU Grey Arts Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year will now be able to experience the groundbreaking show in Minnesota. A vision of Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, the conceptual performance show consists of a…


Added by Eye Candy on July 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Positive Revolution from Freetown - Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars

Reuben Koroma, leader of the mighty Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars band, had been performing music in Freetown before the bloody 11 year civil war left an estimated 50,000 dead in the small West African nation. Countless more were mutilated, raped and murdered by ruthless rebel forces, notorious for enlisting child soldiers and securing funds through the trade of blood diamonds. Along with his wife Afua, Reuben fled his homeland to neighboring Guinea, where they began 8 long…


Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: BLXPLTN want to start fires with new single

Punk band BLXPLTN who are currently working on their debut album, Black Cop Down have released new single “Start Fires” (and no, its not an anthem for arsonists). 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

AP FASHION: An interview with designer Jesse Frimpong of STREETCHIEF

Meet Ghana born, Toronto based designer, Jesse Frimpong, the young innovator and creative mind behind STREETCHIEF. Jesse has transformed his inspirations—“merging” his Ghanaian roots with the urban flare of the western world, a merging of his past and present locations.

STREETCHIEF was born out of Jesse’s desire to in a sense convey a person…


Added by Safety Pins on July 22, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raury brings that Southern Soul with new single 'Cigarette Song'

'Cigarette Song' is the new single from Atlanta native Raury. The musician who only recently graduated from high school has been creating a stir with his blend of acoustic Southern soul. If you’ve heard ‘God’s Whisper’, you’ll understand that the praise is definitely warranted.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Shabazz Palaces Gets Trippy With Third Album ' Lese Majesty'.

MC/Producer Ishmael Butler has returned under pseudonym Shabazz Palaces with third album ‘Lese Majesty’ and like his two previous offerings, Butler is still focused on musical exploration as opposed to commercial success previously encountered.…


Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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