“African American or African in America?” SamUiLL and Pihon ask in the title track to The Great Migration. The two use their history as African immigrants to question and comment on American society, drawing parallels back and forth over centuries of history. The sounds and rhythms of their native Kenya merge with analog synths and pitch shifted vocals. As the sounds from throughout the African Diaspora weave themselves into the sonic tapestry, shades of reggae…Continue
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Listen to the new Willow Smith track - 'WEEPINGWILOUGH/LETSGOTOMECCA'. The spiritually inspired song, a collaboration with Crystal Mec aka Mecca Kalani (who shared it on her Soundcloud page), is the follow up to Willow's new video for 'F Q-C…Continue
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Check out the new EP from Harlem vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tamara Renée - 'Ultra Violet'. This, her second, EP offers a blend of electronica, funk, jazz, hip-hop, trip-hop, soul, blues and reggae; and is described by the singer as a " a mantra of the new age, the golden age." Have a listen below.
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Listen to the new single from Danish-Zambian electro act Kwamie Liv - 'Higher'. This is the singer-songwriter's first single since releasing her 'LOST IN THE GIRL' EP last year. Talking to FADER, she…Continue
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Check out the energetic new single from Canadian neo-ragtime vocalist Dessy Di Lauro - 'Let Me Hear You Say Hep Hep'. The song, produced by her husband Ric'key Pageot (keyboardist to Madonna), is a continuation of the LA based singer-songwriter's jazz exploration; inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Have a listen below.
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Listen to the new single from British soul man Samm Henshaw, 'Better'. The ballad is from the 20 year old singer-songwriter's forthcoming album, 'The Sound Experiment’ (out July 17th), and was originally recorded when Henshaw was in his 2nd year of university. Listen below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
Today we are premiering the new single from New Zealand soul-collective Sola Rosa, 'Right On Time'. The soulful offering comes from the group's new album, 'Magnetics' (out in June), and features vocals from British songstress Tawiah. The album - a mix of hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, neo-soul…Continue
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“Nothing can impale my work or make me choose not to say things a certain way or make an image the way I want,” says FKA twigs. The biracial singer-songwriter has spoken out against the racist internet trolls - mostly die-hard 'Twilight' fans, who have bullied her, mainly via Twitter and Instagram, since she began dating Robert Pattinson (the leading man of 'Twilight'). She describes the anonymous commenters as "relentless", adding: “There’s no amount of songs I can…Continue
AFROPUNK has announced AFROPUNK Chicago to happen June 4th at an undisclosed popular Chicago venue, the next stop on The Most Wicked Party Event Series in conjunction with Redd’s Wicked Apple and Mango. Hot off the heels of a highly successful AFROPUNK Atlanta that saw performances from Run the Jewels and Curtis Harding, AFROPUNK Chicago will host performances by Danny Brown and Chicago natives Hannibal Buress / recent G.O.O.D. Music signee HOLT. Redd's Wicked Apple is…Continue
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Twin Shadow, with regret, has been forced to cancel his appearance at AFROPUNK Paris Festival on May 23 (at Le Trianon) due to injuries he and his band members sustained in a recent tour bus accident in the United States. He has done everything to be ready in time, but being back on stage this weekend will not be possible. Consequently, we are pleased to welcome Sandra Nkaké to the bill Saturday, May 23; and announce DJ sets from Hannah Faith (of Soulection) and…Continue
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Last night FKA twigs took over Brooklyn for the first of her three-date stint at the Brooklyn Hangar (part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy Festival). The British singer-songwriter/dancer was given full creative freedom to artistically direct the Red Bull show, titled 'Congregata', and presented fans with a Cirque de Soleil-esque extravaganza; with movement playing as equal a role to her experimental sound. She also shared a new untitled song. Check it out…Continue
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Listen to 'Mushroom', the new single from Swedish-Eritrean-American singer-songwriter Sa’ra Charismata. The song, inspired by a love for Super Mario Bros and Nintendo (and described by the singer as "Militant Pop"), is about life's similarities to a video game - the ups and downs,…Continue
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Listen to the music of DC punk band Loud Boyz. The group, hailing from Washington, blend the sub genres of hardcore and garage rock; creating an aggressive and hooky sound. The five members have played in acts such as Warchild, Rattler, and New Rock Church of Fire, and those influences are found in the Loud Boyz discography. Listen below. Also their new album, '…Continue
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Listen to 'The Road Within', the new EP from Charm Taylor (formerly of The Honorable South). The 6-track solo project is a perfect introduction to the New Orleans native's afro-futuristic sound and lyrical flow. Check it out below.
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“American dream, we sell it cheap” Greg Grease raps in the latest video from his killer "Born to Lurk, Forced to Work" record. “Work Song” goes through the struggles of work, the work needed to pay the bills, the work needed to get where you want, the work to have a family and a life. The compromises you make to make it all work. The work. The video showcases vintage clips of black men and women working, from high society people in their finery down to chain gangs.…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
You asked for it, and now you get to be the first to know. Every year bands ask "how do we get to play the Fest?" This is how! The AFROPUNK Battle of the Bands is the best way for unsigned and up-and-coming talent to play the Festival and has helped kick off the careers of The Skins, Unlocking the Truth, and hip-hop collective Loaf Muzik - your band could be next. CLICK …Continue
Blues Boy King's guitar work is recognizable with a single note. Whichever guitar bears the name Lucille, the sound is unmistakable: a clean electric stab with a fierce attack and a burst of tremolo. In one note, BB King can convey a well of joy and sorrow deeper than most guitarists can summon in an entire song. And then he plays a second note. And then he starts singing.
Karol Conka, a Brazilian singer from Curitiba (in the South of Brazil), is preparing her new album. The first song of the 10-track LP is available this year, the hit “Tombei” (translated in English as "Tumbled") - which already has a music video, in Conka's “empowered woman” style. . Conka explains that the expression "Tombei" is "used for situations such as shocking moments and territory marking. It means topple, impact, ensure, break it down, rock it”.…Continue
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With track names like “Bloodfucker” “Gutterlust” and “Burn The Widow,” Crack Lung clearly means their album title Terror on Tape literally. Also because it's on cassette. It's a grindy gruesome sludgefest informed by the ghosts of hardcore past and present. Indy scene staple (and giver of one surprisingly sober 3 AM stick n poke to yours truly) Andrew Stacy described the band as "the only real hardcore band in Indianapolis," and whether that's true or not, they…Continue
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