Singer-songwriter, keyboardist, bandleader, producer, and sound designer Amp Fiddler has spent a 30 year career working with some of the biggest names in music. Starting as a member of Parliament / Funkadelic, and then as a collaborator with Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies, Maxwell, and a mentor to the late J Dilla, Amp Fiddler kicked off his solo career with the acclaimed album Waltz of a Ghetto Fly in 2006. After a break from music following the 2009 death of his son, Amp…Continue
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For a long while now, the comic book industry has been criticised for its lack of diversity; even more so in relation to film. With the film industry now heavily invested in bringing our favorite comic book characters to life, many have been left disappointed by the shelving of our favorite superheros of color; never seeing the translation to the silver screen like their white counterparts. However, with news that Marvel Studios have signed Chadwick…Continue
Theophilus London has shared his upcoming album, 'Vibes', with fans via soundcloud. The Kanye West executively produced project will be released next week; but in the meantime, you can stream it below. As well as Kanye, the album includes features from Jesse Boykins and Blood Orange's Devconté Hynes. And For those who are critical of the rapper moving away from the sound he debuted with in 2011, this album may not be for you. But I'm all for artists evolving, and I hope…Continue
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Check out the new release from Virginia's hip-hop rockers, RDGLDGRN. The new single, 'Elevators' is the lead and title track of the trios upcoming EP. Listen, below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…Continue
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Southern soulstress Jade de Lafleur has revealed her new single, ‘You Know I’m Down’. If you've heard the singer-songwriter's EP, 'Jaded', you'll quickly understand why the Louisiana native has become one to watch.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…Continue
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Neneh Cherry just released the new single from her album Blank Project. It's the song 'Spit Three Times' (with a remix by Lee Bannon), available here.
Ms. Cherry also has some shows coming up, including on in New York at Highline Ballroom! Check out the tour dates and ticket link below!…
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Growing up is always tough. But there’s something unique about the black girl nerd experience. There’s no prototype for the black girl nerd; no famous fictional adolescents whose path we could mirror and cling to. I think many of us had to go our own way, figuring everything out as we went along because it felt like we were the only ones. For me, it felt like isolation heaped atop a pile of loneliness. Who can forget those feelings of euphoria upon actually meeting a fellow…Continue
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I got to see the much talked about Dear White People movie. To me, the most telling part of it has less to do with what is inside of the movie. It has to do with what is out. As I went to the indie movie theater, I found that there were a large plethora of white people young and old who went to see the movie, which wonderfully contradicts the comments section filled with "victims" on YouTube. The reason I had to point this out was because the movie may be called…Continue
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You may remember Bibi Bellatrixx as the guitarist from UK rock band Queens Of Sheba. She's now releasing solo material for your listening pleasure. Her B-Side Part I EP is DIY/self-produced, we were expecting it to rock hard but it's more on the acoustic/melodic side of things.
Check it out below!…
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There is a magnetic power that lies beyond art’s surface and elevates the minds of those who are unafraid to experience its field. Every color, shape, line, and symbol an Artist joins together tell of a story— their personal odyssey, whether in parables or a masterpiece with details equated to that of a novel’s. Understanding art at this capacity sets apart the drawers from Creators, using their divine capability to mirror their anguish, love, guilt, and joy. Painter…Continue
This summer we wrote on Nigerian/Canadian model/artist Folasade Adeoso and her headwrap collection, '1953'. We now turn the spotlight on to the art of this New York based digital designer. With her signature digital collages, Adesoso is gradually making a name for herself. Normally using ethnographic photgraphy, Adeoso takes photographs and attempts to give these base images new narratives; often obscuring the faces of her subjects with flowers. At times, she also uses…Continue
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At this point, Mykki Blanco needs little introduction. The rapper and performance artist has emerged as a major force in the underground, merging queercore, riot grrrl, industrial, and hip-hop. Mykki's latest record is titled Gay Dog Food, and drops October 28th. It features guest spots by Cities Aviv, Cakes Da Killa, and the immortal Kathleen Hanna. I recently talked to Mykki about the new record, and what it's like to work with your idols.…Continue
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Today we're premiering the new video from artist Villz.
About the song, Villz tells us: "Beautiful women of the past, present and future. I feel as if women are being perceived negatively in modern media when there's a different way to express beauty rather than titties and ass. Also it stands as a cultural message of expectance." "Beauty by our standards."
About the video: "The inspiration sprouted from me just loving where I'm from and being comfortable with who I…
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If you've come across our current REELS 13 competition, you'll be fully aware that AFROPUNK are fully dedicated to supporting filmmakers from our community; so if you're an established or budding filmmaker, the following information is just for you: the Tribeca Film Institute is currently accepting applications for its documentary filmmaker fund. The…Continue
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The end of last week saw NYC hold Fader's The Fader Fort, and one of the standouts of the three-day music event was Willow Smith. The singer took to the stage on Friday night and sang songs from her upcoming EP '3', and brought brought out SZA and brother Jaden to share the stage with her. The singer even threw it way back with a performance of her debut hit, 'Whip My Hair'. Watch the performance, below.…Continue
Hip-hop: is an organism made of elements all of its own. Giving voice to artist is one of the most essential components to sustaining hip-hop’s authenticity. Craig muMs Grant is a New York based Poet, Actor and Playwright. His story, Sucker Free Emcee is a lyrical journey of spoken word. The show is underpinned by the beats of Legendary DJ/Producer/Poet Rich Medina harkening back to the birth of hip-hop. He spit, he sweat, he gave us the truth of growing up in the Bronx to…Continue
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I've been a fan of OHYESLORD's work for a while, and when I thought of the idea to start an online mag/blog he was one of the first people to come to mind that I could possibly feature, so I was very excited when he agreed. Born in Pretoria and now based in Jahannesburg, OHYESLORD is self-taught, which I would have never guessed had he not mentioned it. His style of illustration is very unique and on a high standard when it comes to digital illustration. His ability proves that…Continue