Prince, 3rdEyeGirl, The New Power Generation & Liv Warfield's performance on the Arsenio Hall Show was off-the-hook. Prince even debuted a new fun-kay song, 'FUNKNROLL'.
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At a time where people are gleefully taking the most stagnant of musical genres to new directions, to the chagrin of the purist detractors, the timing of louis logic's (all lowercase) return couldn't have been better. For those following as closely as possible to his work, louis logic's career was made to annihilate rap stereotypes one-by-one, all with wit and the honesty of your average alternative brotha. One review compared louis logic briefly to Busdriver, but only mentioning…Continue
Genre specialization has lately reached absurd heights. Arguments about whether something counts as post-punk or dance-punk or the finer points of metalcore clutter every inch of the internet. (I admit, I've taken part in my share...) So it makes sense that the new trend is wild genre mashups. There's hardly a person alive who only listens to one genre of music (and trust me, you don't want to sit next to that person at a party.) One of the more adventurous records on that front…Continue
Sometimes you hear something so fresh but so natural and the only thing you can think is “how is it possible no-one's done this before?” With the case of Toronto's A Tribe Called Red, the answer is as obvious as it is damning of North American culture at large. Using Native American pow-wow chants as the backbone for what they call “pow-wowstep” the trio of native producers seeks to blend native dance with modern dance culture, and the results on A Tribe Called Red are simply…Continue
I'm loving UK artist Jetta. The Liverpudlian beauty has set tongue wagging on both sides of the pond after the release of her single “Feels Like Coming Home”. The singer/songwriter has been in the industry for a minute now, previously serving as a backup vocalist for Goodie Mob’s Cee Lo and fellow UK artist Paloma Faith. Jetta quotes her number one musical influence as being Annie Lennox, and I think the influence translates well through her music and performance…Continue
Let the music take you "there". Danish/Zambian artist Kwamie Liv's latest track '5 AM' is an otherworldly electro-pop little number for rainy days. Lyrics by Kwamie Liv. Music/Production by Baby Duka & Kwamie Liv.
Hide the children! Brooklyn punk troublemakers and AFROPUNK Fest alums Cerebral Ballzy are going on tour and just revealed 'Speed Wobbles', a track off their upcoming album Jaded & Faded. The LP will be released on Cult Records this year and is produced by Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio. The guys will also embark on a US tour this spring (see schedule below).…Continue
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Pharrell Williams has spent basically half his life now as one of the most in-demand producers in the industry. His production turns on some of the biggest mainstream pop songs of the last 20 years, as part of The Neptunes, have earned him countless imitators. But until this past summer, Pharrell's gifts as an artist in his own right have been largely overlooked. Suddenly in 2013, he was everywhere. Williams delivered guest turns on the (sigh) tragically omni-present “Blurred…Continue
On February 18th, soul singer Liv Warfield released her debut album The Unexpected. After wowing the nation on Live With Jimmy Fallon (backed by New Power Generation Horns), Liv’s debut release has succeeded in blowing everybody away. Her powerful soulful vocals have made her new album the darling of the soul scene and this is just the beginning. She has spent the past few year cultivating her sound with the help of the legendary Prince and the result is something to…Continue
Hello AFROPUNK Community, I’d like to introduce you to “The SamOffThaRecord Experience”, a video series I launched a few weeks ago. The SamOffThaRecord Experience is a show created to provoke, inspire, and motivate dreamers of all ages to take the necessary actions to turn dreams into reality and become culture shock game changers. SOTR features some of the most influential creatives and brands that have crossed my path along my personal journey to my dreams. This is a show…Continue
Though he's spent 25 years out of the limelight, André Cymone was once heralded as the heir to Prince's throne. Prince penned childhood best friend Cymone's biggest hit “The Dance Electric,” and Cymone cut his teeth as Prince's bassist. When Cymone left the band in 1981, he embarked on a successful solo career. Then in the mid 80's, he moved behind the console to work as a songwriter and producer. It's now been 29 years since his last album, but André Cymone is back with the…Continue
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It's called “the Golden Age of Hip-Hop” for a reason, and it continues to inspire artists for the same damn good reason. Though I was a kid then, I remember listening to Native Tongues releases at the time, and it was undeniable that there was something magic happening. Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk thankfully doesn't try to trade just in nostalgia and recreate the sound on their Leaves LP, instead they go hunting for magic.…
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Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon is Kid Cudi’s fourth studio album, and second from his own label, Wicked Awesome Records. The 10-track album came as a surprise a few days ago (he only gave a few hours' notice before releasing it on February 25th at midnight). Cudi previously dubbed this project as merely a mixtape, with fans eagerly forming their own opinion on the artists’…Continue
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.
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Back in December of 2011, rapper Tango P.I. released his first mixtape 'Black In The Rainbow' before transforming into Neale Hurston (via a name change). If I had to guess why, I’d say that it probably has something to do with Afro-American author Zora Neale Hurston. I was right. “I outgrew Tango P.i. I found that the name limited me or gave an expected sense of how I was supposed to sound and I got sick of explaining the P.i part. [Laughs] I always followed the works of…Continue
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She kicked cancer’s ass then came to DC to kill a stage. When Sharon Jones announced to a roaring Lincoln Theater that she was really happy to be there, she really meant it. Just months before her triumphant return to the stage, she endured a difficult battle for her life. The love her devoted fans showed strengthened her will to fight through rounds of painfully invasive treatments to submit the cancer that has already taken too many of our heroes.…
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Though Neneh Cherry put out a cover album in 2012 with jazz collective The Thing, The Cherry Thing, it's been 17 years since there was a proper Neneh Cherry solo album. In that time, the post-punk scene she helped define early in her career was revived as a mainstream phenomenon. On her latest, Blank Project, Neneh Cherry proves she's uninterested in revisiting past triumphs.
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A band like Phox could easily collapse under the weight of their own weirdness, were it not for the grounding of vocalist Monica Martin. While the gang of practical jokers and merry pranksters deconstruct the structures of indie rock and chamber pop, Monica sings out her heartbreaking ballads. The whole thing could easily be disjointed, but the fact is, the entire seven-piece ensemble is as good at playing tightly as they are at pulling apart the strings. It's a balancing act…Continue
A ska/reggae band lives and dies on the tightness of it's rhythm section and the energy of the singer. Everything else is personality. Luckily, on their 3rd full length album Children of the Rhythm (out now), The Big Takeover are bursting at the seams with all three.
Singer Nee Nee Rushie brings the party on the title track and the appropriately named lead single “Party.” But Rushie shows her depth on the simmering ballad “New Love.” The rhythm section of Rob…