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FEATURE: The sound of Ghanaian Afro-Soul and jazz musician Jojo Abot

Listen to the voice of Ghanaian singer-songwriter Jojo Abot - a Brooklyn based jazz singer who experiments with the genres of electronica, afrobeat, jazz, neo-soul, house and reggae, to create a modern Ghanaian sound. Get into her music below.

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NEW MUSIC: DC Legends Beauty Pill Return With The Flawless 'Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are' #SoundCheck

Here's the thing about being ahead of your time: if you wait long enough, eventually time catches up. While “ahead of their time” is usually a component of a tragic story, for Beauty Pill, it's a triumph. The 11 years since their groundbreaking debut full length The Unsustainable Lifestyle have been incredibly kind to their brand of social conscious meta-genre atmosphere-heavy indie rock. What was once an uncategorizable outlier, is now still uncategorizable, but it…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Negro Galacticus' Debut Is a Garage Rap Party #SoundCheck

Indie funk quartet Negro Galacticus come by it honestly. Drummer Walty Kibby is the son of Fishbone's Dirty Walt, guitarist Malik Deering is the nephew of Weapon of Choice's Lonnie Marshall, and bassist Steve Francell “48” Fortier's mother was in Hairspray. Apple, tree, et cetera. Their debut record is a shaggy, off-beat, DIY affair worthy of the Fishbone connection.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Spring Is Finally Here! Get On The New Single From Jules and The Jinks: "No Compromise!" #SoundCheck

It's almost warm enough to share the debut single from Bronx quintet Jules and The Jinks. "On this last day of April," Jules and The Jinks sing over an irresistible breezy guitar lick. This is a song that deserves to be blaring from car…

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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter To Björk - Re: “Sound is the n***** of the world, man.”

This week, while explaining that museums deprioritize sound over visuals, (which in fairness is true, though in the grand scheme of things, not really that big a deal), Björk declared “sound is the n***** of the world, man.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor 

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Dear Björk,…

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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: OSHUN release their new mixtape, 'ASASE YAA'

Listen to 'ASASE YAA', the debut full length mixtape from soulful hip hop duo OSHUN (Thandiwe and Niambi Sala). The D.C. natives state, "I think that the album shows how we've matured and how we've grown as artists. 'ASASE YAA' is a West African term for Mother Earth. Conceptually, the reason that we chose the name 'ASASE YAA'…

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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Bots Announce Summer Tour Supporting Incubus and Deftones

The Bots announced today that they'll be going on tour this summer in support of Incubus and Deftones co-headline tour. Check out the dates below! The tour kicks off July 22nd in Clarkston, Missouri, and will finish on August 30th in San Diego, California; and all shows go on sale April 24. Look out for the brothers at AFROPUNK Paris next month —> …

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rainy Milo releases her debut album, ‘This Thing of Ours’

Check out the debut album from British R&B songstress Rainy Milo, 'This Thing of Ours'. Regarding the LP, the London based artist …

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 5:57pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Saul Williams releases new single, 'Burundi' (feat. Emily Kokal of Warpaint)

Listen to Saul Williams' new single, 'Burundi'. The single features Emily Kokal of Warpaint, and is the first release from Williams' upcoming album 'MartyrLoserKing'. The Niggy Tardust mastermind states, "Burundi is one of the 1st songs I recorded for MartyrLoserKing. I…

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 11:52am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Death Is Back With Their First New Music In 40 Years #SoundCheck

The triumphant story of the rediscovery and resurgence of punk pioneers Death continues with the release of their fittingly titled new album "N.E.W". Featuring the reformed line-up with Bobbie Duncan filling in for founding guitarist David Hackney who died in 2000.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

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"N.E.W." is the first taste of new…

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alabama Shakes Returns With the Captivatingly Powerful 'Sound & Vision' #SoundCheck

When Alabama Shakes burst on to the scene with Boys & Girls, the quartet was bursting with energy. The 2012 record was taut and fierce and showcased a rare drive and need. Raw, passionate, jagged, and soulful, the record's signature single “Hold On” earned Alabama Shakes countless accolades and declarations of “next big thing” status. Rolling Stone even named “Hold On” the best song of 2012. Three years later, a deeper, more expansive Alabama Shakes…

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Journey' - the raw gospel sound of singer-songwriter T.Wong​

Listen to 'Journey', the new single from Columbus-born singer and songwriter T.Wong (pronounced Tee-wän) - a musician who offers a raw gospel sound, drawing his inspiration from greats such as Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. T.Wong says that the song was "birthed from wanting to convey the message of taking your own course through any negative opinions or innuendoes". Check it out below.

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2015 at 4:22pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The eclectic sound of British singer-songwriter Basheba (EP premiere)

Freckled face beauty, Basheba, credits her Bajan roots as a significant musical influence. According to the singer, the passion and love the people of Barbados have for music was ingrained from an early age. Spending a significant amount of time on the Caribbean island during her adolescent years, contributed to a mixed bag of experiences that translated into to her eclectic sounding music -- ranging from electro-heavy to gospel inspired…

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A Guide To #AFROPUNKPARIS

Are you coming to the AFROPUNK Festival Paris May 23-24 and looking for a place to stay or more info about the city? In her “AFROPUNK Paris guide”, AP community member Maya Dorsey shares her tips and favorite spots via her blog La Vie Locale. Feel free to share yours in the comments!

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

The AFROPUNK PARIS 2015 Deezer Playlist

Check out the first of our AFROPUNK PARIS 2015 Deezer playlists;  featuring Lianne La Havas, Lion Babe, Twin Shadow, Willow Smith, Leon Bridges and more - all performing at the upcoming festival.…

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Added by Sound Check on April 20, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The sound of punk band Pure Disgust

Listen to the music of punk group Pure Disgust. Hailing from Washington D.C., the 5-piece (consisting of members Robin Zeijlon, Daniel Peña, Ace Mendoza, Rob Watson, Brendan Reichhardt) are known for their explicitly hardcore sound - a sound that harkens the golden years of "British Punk". Check out their new EP, 'Chained', below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 'Lanterns,' the Stunning Debut EP from April + VISTA #SoundCheck

Opening with a delicate violin and piano duet reminiscent of Erick Satie's arrangements of Debussy, April + VISTA's debut EP Lanterns is a lush, immaculately produced evocative piece of experimental R&B. Over 6 tracks, the duo of April George and Matthew Thompson AKA mattVISTA, cast a moody spell of haunted mechanical beats and delicate but soulful vocals.



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Added by Sound Check on April 20, 2015 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: RoseMary Fiki releases her new EP, 'The Great Unknown'

Listen to 'The Great Unknown', the new EP from Nigerian-American rock-soul singer RoseMary Fiki. The Philadelphia based musician states that the collection of songs experiment "with sounds, rhythms, and artists that have shaped her musical journey" and that it's the "culmination of a season of growth, introspection, and development". Have a listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on April 20, 2015 at 11:49am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: AFROPUNK Member Charcoal Sketches of the Invisible Man De-Stigmatizes Aspergers Syndrome On 'humanbeyondrepair vol. 1” #SoundCheck

Charcoal Sketches of the Invisible Man (known to some of us as Lightning Pill), has been an active and vocal member of the Afropunk community for years. The prolific writer and musician has been releasing music under various monikers since 2009, often honest, frank, and defiantly homemade. His latest record, part of his so-called Aspergers Trilogy, humanbeyondrepair vol. 1 finds the DIY musician opening up about Aspergers syndrome and inviting the listener to take a…

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Added by Sound Check on April 17, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Canadian rocker Sate releases new single 'Warrior'

Check out 'Warrior', the new single from AFROPUNK member SATE. The Canadian rocker says, "This song is so important to me because of the fire and the intention and the words. “Warrior” is an anthem of sorts. A call to action. A reminder that “we all have 15 minutes to do this shit.” We’ve each got our moments to shine and we have to seize it whenever we can. It’s a reminder that we all have a fire burning deep inside of us, and sometimes we… Continue

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