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End of Summer Music Spotlight: More Afropunk Goodness!

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Summer has flown by fast. My For Harriet internship is just about finished and my fall semester of college starts on Saturday (got an online class that starts on the weekend). To end the summer with a bang, I’m going to share Afropunk music that I’ve discovered since my other summer music spotlight. I’m also including some musicians and downloads I completely forgot to mention.  As in my other music post, I will include free downloads that the musicians have made available. Also, feel free to go to Afropunk.com and sign up for their newsletter for more goodies.

1. Sophia Ramos

Genre: Soul, rock

Free Downloads: ” Freedom is Over” (from the free compilation album Fire in The Dark), “Esperanza“, “Let Me Tell You Something

2.  Songs from the compilation album Fire in The Dark (these are my personal favorites)

“Blak Girls” by Shelley Nicole Blackbushe– an empowering funk song for black women

“On Planet Earth” by California King– a rock ballad about youth and drugs

“The Last Time We’re Here” by The Family Stand– a soulful rock song about redemption

“Fear of Numbers” by Milk Plus– a fierce rock song about the fear of people coming together

Bonus Song I found after I did a Google Search- “Shades of Blue” by The Family Stand

3. Quinn Deveaux and The Blue Beat Review

Genre: rock n’ roll, gospel, blues, jazz, soul

Notable Song: Left This Town

Free Download:  Under Covers (a collection of cover songs that don’t sound like cover songs)

4. Sa’ Ra Charismata

Genre: Progressive conscious pop

Notable Song: Gold Digga

Free Download: Big Man Pharma

5.  Hadassah

Genre: soul

Free Download: Lexicon of Love EP

6. Princess Nokia

Genre: experimental, electronica

Free Download: Metallic Butterfly EP (in the article, click where it says “click here for the download”)

 

Other Free EPs I forgot to mention in past posts

Geechee Goddess Hardcore Warrior Soul by Tamar Kali– soulful, empowering rock

The Roxx Boxx Experience by Divinity Roxx– fun, empowering rap-rock (scroll down, click where it says “free exclusive download” and put in your email)

 

 

 

 

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Written by Serena Zola

August 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Summer Music Spotlight: Afropunk and Black Nerdcore Rappers

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A couple of months ago, I did a post on my top ten Afropunk musicians. Since then, I’ve discovered more Afropunk musicians as well as black nerd core rappers. If you want to get in the know about the newest Afropunk music, go to the Afropunk website and sign up for an account. By doing this, you’ll also subscribe to a free weekly newsletter that will be emailed to you.

When it comes to black nerdcore rappers, it was something I discovered via a post on For Harriet, the blog I’m interning for. Nerdcore is basically rap music about nerdy things like video games and comics as well as other subjects. It may or may not use chiptune, the sound you hear on classic Nintendo Games.

While nerdcore is dominated by white males, there are some black ones too. I’ll get to them later on in this post. For now, let’s get the Afropunk musicians out the way. I’ll even let you know about free downloads if the musicians have any.

1. Maimouna Youssef

Genre: Rap, jazz, pop, soul, spoken word

Some Favorite Songs: I’m A Woman, We’re Already Royals, Tell My StoryBasquiat The Concrete/All Shea Everything

Free Downloads:  The Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh Mixtape

2. Chargaux

Genre: classical with elements of other genres

Some Favorite Songs:  All The PartiesGreat Expectations

Free Downloads: The Gallerina Suites

3. Purple Ferdinand

Genre: Folk

Some Favorite Songs: BirdsWasn’t Taught To

Free Downloads: DragonFly EP (click free download and use your email or Facebook to get it)

4. Estere

Genre: soul with elements of hip-hop and electronica

Some Favorite Songs: I Spy, Reptilian Journey, Culture ClashPity

Free Downloads: Estere mixtape

5. The Objex

Genre: punk rock

Some Favorite Songs: GG. Social Disease, R.S.V.P.

Free Downloads: R.S.V.P. (see above link), Toxic Waste Girl

6.  Cody ChestnuTT

Genre:  soul, funk, blues, rock

Some Favorite Songs: I’ve Been Life, That’s Still Mama, Under The Spell of The Handout

Free Download: Landing on a Hundred (on the right, click Free Mp3  and then Free Download)

Black Nerdcore Rappers

1. Sammus

Some Favorite Songs: Fly Nerd, Cybernetic Armor, America

Free Downloads: Fly Nerd EP, America (see above link)

2.  Mega Ran

Some Favorite Songs: Chun Li (with Ryu Black and Masia One),  Maya’s Song, Infinite Lives (featuring D&D Sluggers)

Free Downloads:  Maya’s Song (see above link), Infinite Lives (see above link)

 

 

 

 

Musician Spotlight: Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monae

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Anybody ever become a fan of a musician right when they are about to release a new album? That is the case with me.

Out of curiosity, I read a recent interview about Janelle Monáe in TIME magazine. Soon, she will be releasing her second album The Electric Lady.

A sentence about her eclectic sound and a timeline that featured her influences caught my attention. However, the misleading subheading about her being an R & B innovator made me wary  because I don’t like much R & B. With somewhat low expectations, I decided to check out Monáe’s first album The ArchAndroid.

According to another interview I read, The Arch Android is a concept album set in a futuristic sci-fi world called Metropolis. There, an android named Cindi Mayweather is sent to free  the citizens from the Great Divide, a society that suppresses freedom and love. Furthermore, this album is the second and third part of the story, the first having been released on the EP Metropolis Suite 1: The Chase. Of course, the fourth and fifth part will be released on The Electric Lady. There are seven parts total.

To my very pleasant surprise, I ended up liking almost every track on ArchAndroid. TIME magazine was wrong to call Monáe an R&B innovator, because she is a music innovator period. For the first time, I heard some meta-genre songs. One of my favorite tracks, “Say You’ll Go” has a soul sound, yet also features the piano music of Claude Debussy.  Other sounds on the album include jazz, pop, funk, R&B, and rock. Another thing that impressed me about the album was its lyrics, which were beautiful, empowering, and sometimes funny.

Other things that impress me about Monáe are her vocals, live performances, and music videos. When it comes to her vocals, they are either soulful, silly, or high-powered depending on the song. One of her best songs vocally is “Come Alive (The War of The Roses)”. Her voice is pretty high-powered on this song, sounding exactly like an electric guitar’s high note.  Also, the live version of this song is even better than the album version because you get to see Monáe have fun with the song and interact with the audience.

Last but not least, the music videos. Although I’ve only seen the music videos done for ArchAndroid (there are some for the upcoming album and the EP mentioned earlier), I consider her to be just as creative as Michael Jackson. Of the two videos I’ve seen, “Cold War” is my favorite because it is so simple and yet so moving. The other music video “Tightrope” is a fun and somewhat serious video that illustrates part of the story of Metropolis.

To be sure, Janelle Monáe is definitely of my favorite musicians now. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work.

Written by Serena Zola

September 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

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