In the past few months London has been producing a good amount of talented artists such as Nao, Little Simz, Jorja Smith, and etc. Today another artist blossomed, he goes by the name of Aaron Taylor. Aaron has just released his neo-soul influenced Still Life EP. The 6-track EP opens up with a quirky, percussive nature complimented with a D'angelo-esque brass and falsetto vocals. Each track was well thought out from inputting snippets of important speeches to his deep lyrics sung…Continue
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Oh, yes, J*DaVeYhas released a new track from the forthcoming EP 'Lite Wait Life', which will comes out Jan. 15. 'Center of the Earth' is surprisingly pretty catchy and a bit more defined in its intentions than some of their early stuff. A song with a strong sense of identity, if you will. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
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Check out Kelis' new cookbook! The AFROPUNK Fest alum and certified chef states, "After years of dreaming about it, I was fortunate to be able to release my first cookbook. I titled it 'My Life On A Plate'.The title is a good reflection of what the book’s about…..a collection of recipes that reflect my life up until now. There’re dishes I grew…Continue
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Listen to the latest from Brazilian Hardcore rockers Life To Live. The Sao Paulo band (founded in 2002) are made up of Moah on vocals, Alex Vinicius on guitar, Murilo Amancio on guitar, Fábio Capelo on bass/vocals, and Robson Gonçalves on drums. Moah tells us: "We came from the suburbs from Sao Paulo, city of Guarulhos and we share through our mix of chaotic and melodic songs what we believe. Our lyrics talk about the existence of human beings and the urgency of an…Continue
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Fasten your seat belts for this one! London-based Punk/Grunge group Skinny Girl Diet unleashed their EP, 'Reclaim Your Life' (stream below, EP out October 16): progressive and feminist social commentary blended with D.I.Y. production to blow your socks off. With nods ranging from Iggy Pop (who played some of their tracks on his BBC Radio 6 show) to The Guardian, these women are making the world notice.
Check them out!
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Take a look at these illustrations from indie comic book publisher Beyond Publishing Caribbean. The Barbados based publisher was founded in 2009 by artists Nigel Lynch and Matthew Clark, and (as you'll see below) have a focus on presenting black characters and stories. Since they're inception - and with a team completed by artists Aguinaldo…Continue
Bilal has released his new album! The 12-track collection, titled 'In Another Life' and produced by Ghostface Killah collaborator Adrian Younge, is a soulful blend of jazz and funk; and features rappers …Continue
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Today we're premiering the new singles from Atlanta rockers Baby Baby, 'Quarter Life Crisis' and 'Teach You How To Dance'. Get into the catchy "fun rock" offerings below! Also catch the AFROPUNK Fest alums on tour this summer, as part of the Vans' Warped US…Continue
Legendary musician, Stevie Wonder, has announced that he will embark on a tour of over ten North American cities. The tour which will be named 'Songs in the Key of Life Performance' will be produced and promoted by Live Nation, and will feature music from the singer's classic album, 'Songs in the Key of Life'. Tickets will be on sale from Monday 22nd September via LiveNation.com and the Live Nation Mobile…Continue
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In case you haven't heard the news: Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, will be at AFROPUNK Fest this weekend signing her book.
Here's the press release from her publisher Bazillion Points Books: "Greenlight Bookstore and Bazillion Points Books present renowned music journalist Laina Dawes signing…
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You may have heard of Africa is The Future, the movement launched in 2004 by Nicolas Premier and Patrick Ayamam "to challenge mainstream media’s representation of Africa and more generally of the World". Their T-shirts and hoodies made a big buzz a few years ago.
Their new project imagines Africa as the first world power…
Are you staying true to the dream of the adolescent you?
Are you doing the things you always wanted to do?
Are you able to shut off life around you and do silly things by yourself like you use to just because you wanted to?
The other day I was in the elevator with a kid no more than 4 years old
He was singing and dancing in circles around his mother to a song that he probably made up in his head because the…
In 2012, Jocelyn Ellis (lead singer of Jocelyn Ellis & The Alpha Theory) set up an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for her album Life of a Hologram, which is a conceptual project based on a hologram’s life in 4013. Having raised most of her $5,000 target, debut solo album Life Of A Hologram was released in the winter of 2013.
By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor *…
Badass ethio-soul singer Ester Rada combines an earthy, soulful sound with classic jazz. This month, the beauty (Israeli by way of Ethiopia) released her self titled album. Bold brass instruments collide with Ester’s honey sweet vocals to create some super smooth, easy listening for your enjoyment.
Leading track “Monsters” has an upbeat, swing feel whilst “Sorries” dips its toe into the reggae realm. It’s all very illuminating and never ever downbeat. This album is the…
D.C native Amber Mimz offers her complete self in the medium of her album, The Life Of Riley. I say that not only because of the emotional outpouring of Amber’s soul on the project, but also because of the fact that everything on The Life Of Riley has been crafted by Amber. From writing the songs, to singing them and even producing (and co-producing) the dreamy beats, thus ensuring that her message is being conveyed accurately.…
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Parisian deathcore band As They Burn's latest record Will, Love, Life is a punishing piece of hardcore. The band marries quasi-progressive song structures to tried-and-true hardcore pummeling for a sound that owes a little bit to extreme metal luminaries Meshuggah. The band's first for Victory Records is less melodic than previous efforts (the lead guitar bits and occasional crooning of Aeon's War are all but gone) but the band's ability to completely kick your…Continue
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Digging the new Talib Kweli/Black Thought/Rah Digga collab 'Art Imitates Life'? Look out for Kweli's upcoming LP 'Prisoner Of Conscious'.…
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MAY WE STRIVE TO EMBRACE LOVED ONES IN A NEW YEAR FREE FROM SANDY WRATHS!!!
Author of Tainted Saint: The Autobiography of D-Rock SOUL-Jah
Owner, Tribal Metal Spear-it Publishing, LLC (TMSP)…Continue
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