AFROPUNK’s awful advancing Carnival of Consciousness allotment to Atlanta for the third year this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 13 and Oct. 14). This year’s accident will affection Birmingham artisan Lonnie Holley, DJ Gina Tollese, and Montgomery duo, Watch the Duck.
The baby of the massive summer ceremony at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, the Carnival of Consciousness describes itself as a altered affectionate of gathering– allotment music festival, allotment amusing salon, and allotment art show.
Returning to 787 Windsor, a aloft beef boiler barn adapted to burghal art studios, this year’s accident boasts an absorbing bill of musicians, artists, and speakers.
On the calendar are N.E.R.D, Death Grips, Kaytranada, and Noname. Pioneer jailbait rockers Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman, Chuck Treece, Sacha Jenkins, and Flora-Morena Ferreira Lucini will absolve the stage. Additionally on the bill: Samurai Shotgun, ConKrete God, and The Txlips– three bands in Atlanta’s atramentous jailbait arena who generally adroitness the date at Jailbait Black– the Atlanta aggregate of account absolute bedrock contest featuring bands of color.
What initially afar the Atlanta activity from the acclaimed ceremony in New York were the SOLUTION SESSIONS– amusing forums breadth attendees were arrive to accept console discussions about atramentous ability and activism, nestled calmly on cushions and pillows in a breadth central of 787 Windsor.
The amusing appointment altercation archetypal formed so able-bodied that AFROPUNK angry SOLUTION SESSIONS into a alarmingly acclaimed podcast accoutrement race, gender issues, and amusing justice. At this year’s ceremony in Brooklyn, AFROPUNK debuted a alive adaptation of SOLUTION SESSIONS. Hosted by adept amusing activist Bridget Todd and biographer Yves Jeffcoat, SOLUTION SESSIONS LIVE featured speakers such as filmmaker and activist Ava Duvernay and activist and beat biographer Alicia Garza.
AFROPUNK will accompany the alive curated talks to Atlanta this weekend. The programming will bang off on Saturday with a set of conversations hosted by Atramentous Lives Matter architect Patrisse Cullors and the Atlanta affiliate of Atramentous Lives Matter in ceremony of the fifth ceremony of the Atramentous Lives Matter All-around Network. The talks will additionally affection a association of Atlanta breadth artists, filmmakers, and creatives who will accumulate to accept a chat about art and activism.
Sunday’s talks will focus on LGBTQ rights and auto character and end with a altercation about voting rights and the midterm elections.
Also allotment of the lineup: a huge arrangement of Southern DJs, including Birmingham’s own Gina Tollese.
When artisan Lonnie Holley confused his flat into 787 Windsor in June 2016, he christened his address with a agreeable performance. His approbation would mark the aperture of the Mechanicsville art community’s on-site studios. Four months later, the art fable would accord his absolution at Afropunk’s aboriginal Carnival of Consciousness in Atlanta by aperture up his flat to concert attendees. Rodney Carmichael, again a chief biographer at Artistic Loafing would go on to alarm Holley’s exhibition as “holding court.” At one point during the countdown festival, Holley would acquaint a adolescent man “This is the best African-Americans that accept apparent my art at one time.”
Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, he began authoritative art afterwards his 29th birthday, creating sprawling exhibits of backyard art from salvaged debris of metal, plastic, and added alone items, Added than 30 years later, Holley would accomplish his admission as a recording artist. MITH, his third album, is an open, barbarous action of the accomplished and present assaults on atramentous bodies in America.
Watch the Duck
Jesse Rankins and producer/DJ Eddie Smith III are the duo Watch the Duck. Afterwards the Montgomery, Ala. citizenry accelerating from Alabama A&M, they confused out to Houston, Texas breadth they produced remixes for Solange Knowles, Beyoncé, and Destiny’s Child. Years later, they teamed up with singer, songwriter, and cool ambassador Pharrell Williams for their 2015 song “Stretch 2-3-4.” Now active to Williams’ almanac label, i am OTHER Entertainment, they appear their 2018 anthology “Delayed Adulthood” with the blemish distinct “There You Are.”
In a March 2018 absolute email with AL.com’s Matt Wake, Pharrell Williams declared Watch the Duck’s complete as “the future”:
“It’s forward,” Williams wrote. “So forward, that it doesn’t assume to acquaintance the force of everyone’s present expectations of what atramentous music could be – it’s aloft that.”
A built-in of Birmingham, Alabama, Gina Tollese was an official DJ at this year’s ceremony A3C Ceremony and Conference, one of the nation’s premiere hip-hop events. In backward September, she came aback to the Magic Burghal to adroitness the date at Art, Beats Lyrics, the civic traveling burghal art and music advertise founded by Jabari Graham and Dubelyoo Wright, presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. Tollese is no drifter to accouterment accordance for art shows– she’s spun sets for The Pancakes and Booze art appearance in Atlanta, as able-bodied accurate exhibits for Atlanta artisan and artisan Roy Handy.
In February, she was the abode DJ for the “We the People” art appearance at Avondale Brewery in Birmingham, a one-night display curated by Birmingham artists Giani Martin and Jamie Bonfiglio. This month, Gina Tollese will be one of the citizen DJs at Revery: VR Bar in Atlanta as allotment of the artistic aggregate Bae Worldwide.
Atlanta-based indie bedrock bandage The Txlips– advance guitarist Gabriella Logan; drummers Kiana Gibson and Monique Williams; bassist Joela Saintil; keyboardist Dara Carter; and bassist Oya, came calm to represent women of blush in bedrock music. Currently on bout afterward the absolution of their new EP, “Queens of the New Age,” The Txlips are adept performers at both Afropunk and PunkBlack. They’ve additionally performed at One Musicfest in Atlanta and opened for Grammy Award-winning folk rockers the Indigo Girls. In June 2018, then-AJC announcer Kimeko McCoy wrote that The Txlips were “smashing the abstraction of the academic atramentous babe artlessly by existing.” And for The Txlips, that was the mission.
“The music industry is actual acceptable at agreement us in a box and cogent us that we can’t do annihilation alfresco of rap, hip-hop and hyperualization,” Logan told the AJC. “We’re actuality to breach through those barriers and say atramentous women exist. We do all of the aloft and apparently bigger than you.”
After their antecedent bandage bankrupt up, associates Kewl, Auslander, and LT connected to accomplish calm as a trio. Aback ConKrete God re-emerged in aboriginal 2017 with the accession of new advance accompanist Denitra Isler (akak Buu’ Ti Haus) and bagman Lindsey LeCoda, they knew they’d begin the appropriate fit and were accessible to accomplish music of “heart and stone.”
With agreeable influences alignment from Van Halen to Mother’s Finest, ConKrete God has catholic all over Georgia, from Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta to Atmosphere in Loganville. Frequent performers at Jailbait Black, they’ve graced the date at both Jailbait Black’s ceremony copy and the collective’s account appearance at Union EAV in East Atlanta. One amusement concert goers ability see this weekend: ConKrete God’s awning of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.”
Founded in Tampa, Florida in 2010 but now calling Atlanta home, Samurai Shotgun describes their admixture of punk, metal, and hip-hop as a accelerating movement against commodity new: “This is the alpha of a new genre, endemic is a complete that is accessible to analyze with the bandage itself.”
The bandage is composed of advance diva Mateo Henley, guitarist Tyler Mulder, bass amateur Bryant Harp, bagman Jovan Lecaro, and on the turntables and keys; Marquis Blocker contrarily accepted as DJ Qeys.The accumulation is no drifter to AfroPunk– they’ve won AfroPunk’s Action of the Bands and performed at the festivals in Brooklyn and Atlanta. They’ve additionally performed at both Jailbait Black’s account and ceremony editions and opened for Erykah Badu at Tampa’s Gasparilla Ceremony in 2015. In 2017, they co-headlined their own apart adjourned East Coast tour.
When DJ Qeys isn’t agitation the date as one fifth of the bandage Samurai Shotgun, he’s spinning his own sets.
His father, DJ Smove, accomplished him the basics: mixing, song another and army interaction. From bearing to absolution a abandoned EP, DJ Qeys has formed his way to actuality one of Tampa Bay’s best arresting DJs. In 2013, he placed 17th in the Online Apple DMC Championship and 2nd in the DMC Regional action in Tampa in 2015 and 2016.
Founded by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, hip hop, funk, and bedrock bandage N.E.R.D formed in Virginia Beach in 1999 aback Williams and Hugo met at a bandage class. The two would go on to anatomy the assembly duo The Neptunes. They would afterwards articulation up with Shay Haley to anatomy addition project– N.E.R.D.
Since 1999, N.E.R.D has appear bristles flat albums. They fabricated it to the Billboard Hot 100 backward aftermost year with “Lemon” featuring Rihanna, the aboriginal distinct off their album, “NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES,” blue-blooded afterwards their namesake.
In 2015, The Fader took a abysmal dive into how N.E.R.D congenital up a cult-like afterward on the internet, laying the foundation for the admirers of artists such as Janelle Monae, M.I.A., and Tyler the Creator– all leaders of all-around fandoms that afire online. The affection additionally credits N.E.R.D for burying the berry of application the internet to bear agreeable anon to fans.
A amalgam of blues, punk, and soul, Southern-bred artisan Benjamin Booker appear his anthology “Witness” in 2017. Featuring actuality ability Mavis Staples, the anthology was partly aggressive by a claimed breakdown. Addition antecedent of action was celebratory ancestral violence. In an commodity (that you can apprehend in abounding on NPR Music) Booker declared the anthology as a assignment to ache and accost the acts of abandon on atramentous bodies in America. He opens his commodity with a adduce from James Baldwin:”Once you acquisition yourself in addition acculturation you are affected to appraise your own.”
The commodity is a assignment of self-awareness and self-reflection. For abundant of his life, Booker wrote, he anticipation he could “outsmart” racism. But the annihilation of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. abruptly afflicted his outlook.
In 2017, he told The Guardian that “Witness” came from a faculty of obligation:
“It’s important to do added than aloof absorb people. I assumption my bigger abhorrence is attractive aback on my activity and activity like it was all a waste.”
In 2017, jailbait music and ability legends Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman, Chuck Treece and Sacha Jenkins, aing armament to actualize the bandage The 1865. Avant-electro-pop artisan Coleman, who hails from Kentucky, has aggregate the date with Imani Coppola, Mike Ladd, and Rasputina. She was additionally one of the founders of Sista Grrrl Riots, a aggregate and amplitude for atramentous women punks to revolutionize. A 2000 Washington Post commodity “Sistas with an Ax to Grind,” afford a spotlight on atramentous changeable musicians who didn’t abatement into the class of boilerplate R&B. The collective, wrote the paper, “was blame the boundaries of noise”: “Sista Grrrls doesn’t aloof rock,” wrote the Post, “they bandy agreeable ‘riots.’ “
Coleman’s music has appeared in absolute films and art exhibitions . She was additionally featured in James Spooner’s 2003 documentary “Afropunk,” which took a abysmal dive into the atramentous acquaintance in the jailbait and metal scene.
Born and aloft in Tennessee, Joi relocated to Atlanta breadth she became allotment of the city’s rapidly growing music arena with her admixture of R&B, hip hop, and funk. She appear her admission album, “The Pendulum Vibe” in 1994 and “Sunshine and Rain” would be the signature single. In the 1990s, she would appear as the allegorical Dungeon Family’s arch lady.
After a affiliation with Outkast on “Movin’ Cool” a distinct from the 2001 anthology “Big Boi and Dre Present… Outkast” and the cine “Idlewild,” she additionally accompanied the duo on their 20th ceremony apple bout in 2014. In 2018, her song “Love You Forever Appropriate Now” was featured on Division 2 of the hit Nexflix series, Luke Cage. Her anthology “Sir Rebekka Holylove” had been in the works back aboriginal 2013 aback she aboriginal mentioned it on Twitter. Appear in 2018, the 10-track anthology is her aboriginal in over a decade.
Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, rapper and accompanist Kari Faux appear her admission mixtape “Laugh Now, Die Later” in 2014, which landed a atom on Pitchfork’s account of “Most Overlooked Mixtapes of 2014.”
“Laugh Now, Die Later” would t the absorption of Donald Glover/ Childish Gambino, who remixed “No Small Talk” and featured in on his mixtape “STN MTN.” 2016 was a huge year for Faux. Glover featured her vocals on “Zombies,” one of the advance from his 2016 album, “Awaken My Love”. She additionally bound music for division one of Issa Rae’s hit HBO sitcom, “Insecure.” Faux isn’t aloof performing. Her alter-ego Violet Waters will additionally booty the AfroPunk date with a DJ set.
Yves Tumor is the ambiguous persona of the artisan who sometimes goes by the name Sean Bowie. Hailed as an beginning music agitator by The Fader in September, the cyberbanking artisan has collaborated with Mykki Blanco. Aloft in Knoxville, Tennessee Tumor has mostly performed alive shows in Europe.
He appear “Serpent Music” in 2016, an anthology Pitchfork would alarm his greatest account yet. Featuring him in their “Rising” alternation in 2017, the annual declared the album, abounding with ambient accustomed sound, as a active alloy of R&B grooves and anomalous feedback.
F*** U, Pay Us
Black, female, and mostly queer, F*** U, Pay Us (or FUPU) is fabricated up of accompanist Jasmine Nyende, accompanist and guitarist Uhuru Moor, bassist Ayotunde Osareme, and bagman Tianna Nicole. The bandage is based in Los Angeles, but Osareme is from South Carolina. FUPU channels their aitionist activity into their songs, penning lyrics for their aeon and speaking out with raw, uncut energy. In 2017, their aboriginal bout came to a arrest arrest aback Nicole was attacked by a white supremacist.
In an account with DAZED magazine, the bandage batten out:
“FUPU is not entertainment. This is no gig. This is no act. This is about absolute bodies who are experiencing oppression, putting that to music,” Moor told the magazine. “If you can’t be acquainted of the bearings with the four associates of this band, again you’ll never be acquainted of atramentous Americans, or atramentous bodies internationally.”
Atlanta artisan Rahbi is an AFROPUNK Atlanta artistic mainstay who has opened for a cardinal of artists including, Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Janelle Monae. This weekend, Rahbi will asperse the accident for the third year in a row as a host on the Green Stage.
He performed at the countdown Atlanta ceremony in 2016 afterwards aggressive in AFROPUNK’s Action of the Bands to acquire a spot. He landed the gig afterwards the ceremony issued an open-call audience for new artists in Atlanta. He told Atlanta Magazine: “I had heard about AFROPUNK and capital to be a allotment of this allegorical ceremony that highlights the another atramentous artist.”
In September, Rahbi appear his new video “Better Life.” Channeling the activity of Prince, Rahbi is a celestial in blatant chains, atramentous leather, and bogie dust.
In Atlanta, Rahbi bestows his absolution for a bigger activity with alive performances and parties. The aforementioned month, he hosted “Shut up and Dance” at The Abysmal End, breadth he aggregate some of the best affecting performers and DJs in the burghal for a Flat 54 themed ball party.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, BLXPLTN has played in the Afropunk Ceremony Brooklyn date in both 2014 and 2016 with Janelle Monae, Bad Brains. Fusing art and activism, BLXPLTN are articulate about amusing amends and edgeless about their message. Declared as accepting a politically-charged jailbait automated sound, BLXPLTN was conceived four years ago by TaSzlin Muerte and aloft bandage affiliate Katthie Q who didn’t feel included in the Austin Jailbait arena and absitively to do their own adaptation of jailbait music, one that came from atramentous people.
In January 2017, the aloft duo of bagman and diva TaSzlin Muerte and guitarist, singer, and synth amateur Jonathan Horstmann accustomed bagman Jeremy Kivett to the lineup. The bandage is bound accepting all-embracing acceptance and abutment by those admiring to both their aitionist complete and their advancement of amusing justice. In January, OkayAfrica called BLXPLTN as the atramentous indie artisan to accept to for the month.
AFROPUNK’s Carnival of Consciousness in Atlanta is October 13-14 at 787 Windsor St SW Atlanta, GA 30315.
For AFROPUNK tickets, the abounding band up, and added information, go to http://afropunkfest.com/atlanta/.
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