“Pula, pula, na, na, ke tla gola leng.” The ethereal club banger “My Body” by Kat Kai Kol-Kes and her band Chasing Jakyb is an ode to the physical meeting of human body and rain. Kat is from Botswana, a country made up of 85 percent desert. Unsurprisingly, rain and water take on a mystical quality as a recurring motif and linguistic reference in the nation's culture. In their early years, Batswana children sing songs and play games devoted to the calling of rain, and as…Continue
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On last night's 'The Colbert Report' on Comedy Central, AFROPUNK FEST Alum Unlocking the Truth performed 'Monster' from their upcoming EP 'Free As You Wanna Be'. Check out the teenage heavy metal band perform below - plus, their interview with host Stephen Colbert.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…
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Kelis has teamed up with British DJ/producer Breach for his new track, 'The Key'. Breach takes Kelis' chilled out track, 'Rumble', and gives it a retrohouse vibe, perfect for the dancefloor. Check it out below.
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If you caught the OBGM's set at Afropunk Fest this year, then you already know that they're the best purveyors of propulsive dance punk out there right now. For everyone else, well, just listen to their self-titled record. All will be made clear.
Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor
Added by Sound Check on September 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
A New Atlanta is emerging. The traditional sounds and musical styles of the past are still relevant, but now the indie kids are making their mark on the industry. Leading the charge are Brittany Bosco, aka Bosco, Raury and Marian Mereba —the latter recently hailed by Ebony Magazine as a “black, fresh & 20 something” that “everyone needs to…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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Cold Specks burst onto the scene with a powerful whisper with I Predict A Graceful Expulsion. 2 years later, Al Spx still makes the kind of music you can't help but get lost in, but adds a bit of bombast for good measure. Her latest record Neuroplasticity fulfills the promise of her term “Doom Soul.”
Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…
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Childish Gambino is gearing up for the release of his STN MTN / KAUAI mixtape later this year. He just revealed a rough mix of 'Sober', a funky love/break-up song from the 'KAUAI' part of the mixtape.
Check it out and let us know if you like the direction he's taking with this new track!…
California King has always been a band of hybrid-genre descriptions. The Brooklyn trio mixes motown soul, garage, and dance in with their indie rock, but on their latest, Sankofa,California King give themselves the freedom to push the boundaries to the point where genres are meaningless. (Weren't they already? Probably.)
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Always good to hear from AFROPUNK Fest alums The OBGMs (formerly known as The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores). This time they're back with a 'Torpedo' for all of you rock fans. Bump this while you wait for their upcoming album, whicj hopefully will be available very soon.
If you're in Toronto catch their …
Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Marcus Alan Ward (formerly known as Freeze-Tag), has released his debut album, 'Last Night I Grew Tentacles'. The musician who hails from Cleveland, Ohio, presents a musical offering of both electronica and R&B with his debut 13 track LP. Listen to the stream below, and get your copy here --> http://bit.ly/1qITyfv
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I was a weird kid. We all were, I suppose. Like most of us, I spent my teenage years trying and failing to fit myself into different slots. I had some friends, but I didn’t really have a group. There wasn’t really a character in The Breakfast Club that I particularly identified with. I was into experimental electronica, chamber music, and science fiction. I did technical theatre, but really wanted to be a playwright. I worshiped Bowie as a god. I carried on me at…Continue
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Check out the new EP from Mari Malek (aka DJ Stiletto), "Haus of Mu: Birth". The activist/producer/model, originally from Sudan, presents her signature mix of electronic house, techhouse, and world dance music. Get into it!
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AFROPUNK Fest alums The Skins are back with a bang - their new song 'Rude Girl', written by The Skins, Michael Einziger (of Incubus) and Chad Hugo (The Neptunes)!
They'll go Solange on a bitch if you stress them, ok?
Electronic pop band The Seshen are sharing the video for the lead single off their upcoming EP 'Unravel' with us today! They tell us: "Unravel is about the slow destruction of a relationship and the unraveling that can also take place within ourselves as we struggle to hold on and simultaneously let go. The video dives further into the idea of this loss of self. The viewer follows a woman and a man searching for something beyond himself as they spiral into their own darkness."…Continue
Groove to this! Today we're premiering AFROPUNK Fest alum Kandace Springs' video for her funky tune 'Love Got In The Way'.
Kandace and her team tell us: "We were Inspired by the urban environment and wanted to keep that urban feel. One of our favorite places to film is Brooklyn because it's so dope there. When we were scouting locations we met a guy on the street who owned a vintage motorcycle shop. He told us that a lot of car junkies park their vintage cars on nearby…
From the first track on Busdriver's latest, Perfect Hair, the dude's rhymes are on point. “My clothes are dirty / And I'm over thirty / But you can't quit me cold turkey,” he raps on “Retirement Ode.” As an over-thirty musician currently on tour, I don't know that anyone could put it better. Perfect Hair is a celebration of perseverance, and a self-deprecating critique of hip-hop and coolness in general. I'm calling it now. This is the soundtrack to Fall…Continue
Since his breakthrough with Massive Attack in the early 90's, Tricky's been nearly impossible to pin down. A progenitor of the trip-hop sound, he's explored nearly every corner of electronic music over the course of 11 solid records. Often, when an artist releases a self-titled album this deep into their career, it signals a shift back to their breakthrough sound. In Tricky's case, Adrian Thaws (titled after his given name), is less about revisiting the sounds of his early…Continue