Saturday, September 12, 2015

AFROPUNK

    Afro-punk aka Afro-Punk, Afropunk or AfroPunk is a movement that consists of a variety of music genres. Specific toward African-American culture, but in total represent all Black culture throughout the world. These cultures come together in an annual music festival held in large cities in the United States, such as Brooklyn, Atlanta, Chicago and abroad in Paris.
    Founded in 2002 Black punk rock bands are featured. Some of the most popular are; Death, Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencies Pure Hell, Dead Kennedys, Suffrajett, Rough Francis, Fishbone, The Templars, and the list goes on. The momentum, of this particular genre, has been compared to that of the Hip Hop movement in the 1980s
The first annual August 21, 2015 "Fancy Dressed Ball" was held August 21, 2015. The fest kickoff was in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York. Headliners;  Lenny Kravtiz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Gary Clark, Jr and Danny Brown and many others graced the stage. 
Tattooed, pierced and uniquely coiffed fans, who embrace the experience, come dressed in whatever their individual style set may be. 
Each demonstrating his or her own uniqueness, marching to their personal drummer. 
The sky is the limit. The audience as well as stage acts amplify electric imagery.
The 2003 documentary about the movement  AFROPUNK - The Rock and Roll Nigger Experience (later re-name AFROPUNK the Movie) the main thread voiced by most interviewed feel disenfranchised from mainstream society, and don't fit into the boxes family and community have prepared for them. Many are shunned by both due to their punk life choice. Racism, as in mainstream society, is still a constant even in punk culture. 
An Afro-punk Festival was held in May across the pond in Paris, this year, featuring Lianne La Havas, Jaden and Willow Smith and a host of other artist. Another is slated in October location Atlanta, Georgia.

Willow and Jaden Smith rock Afropunk Paris
It appears the festival has gone commercial, and no longer offers free entry. Tickets range from $45 for one day access, $75 for weekend, and free with approved volunteer work. To some, because of this change, the festival has lost its "punk" feel and has become mainstream as with Jay Zs "Made in America", Pitchfork, Bonnaroo or  Lollapalooza  Festivals. This is to be expected when you have commercial headliners, which generates a larger more affluent audience. 

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