AfroPunk Fest Fashion

AfroPunk Fest has been making waves nationally not only for the forward thinking lineup of acts, but for the eclectic fashion. Publications from Rolling Stone to the New York Times have covered the style of the festival. While other music festivals have a homogenic style or signature look, AfroPunk embraces the uniqueness of each attendee. You’ll see high fashion walking next to thrift store hauls, punk mingling with preppy, and edgy rocking out with demure. Check out some of our favorite outfits of past AfroPunk Festivals in this slideshow.

 

 

 

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AfroPunk Fest Take Over: Day 3

SZA

Born Solana Rowe in 1990, this young lady has captivated hearts with her dreamy, haunting, electro-soul sound. SZA, is the first lady of TDE (Top Dawg Entertatinment) and began her music career in May 2012. Months later she put our her first EP See.SZA.Run and in 2013 she released her S EP, and Z EP in April 2014 two of three releases that will spell out SZA. With a talented group of individuals apart of her team, House of Marley is very excited to watch her take over the stage. SZA will be performing on the Red Stage at 5:15pm on Sunday, August 24th.

 

Sewer Rats BK

Sewer Rats BK, a collaboration between CXKiDTRoNiX, Jason Blackkat, Craig Flanagin, Dok Gregory, and Cinque Ubangi Kemp makes aggressive, challenging, lo-fi music with a mixture of punk and hardcore aesthetics. The wide array of instruments and effects creates a unique, abrasive mix that’s some of the most forward-thinking music coming out of the internet right now. Catch them on the Black Stage at 1:45 P.M on Sunday, August 24th.

 

Junior Astronomers

This group of dudes from North Carolina formed in 2007 and have toured and shared stages with Harvard, The Weeks, Dignan, Color Revolt, Des Ark, and Polvo. “Music needs to sound like human beings, like it’s alive. A lot of people want to make sad shit all the time, that’s one part of life but it’s not all life. There’s fun, there’s happiness, there’s sadness” – Terrace Richard (group member). The House of Marley is all for positive good vibes and we feel this crew will bringing those elements to AfroPunk Fest. Junior Astronomers will be performing at 2:45pm on Sunday, August 24th. 

 

The Ooohh Baby Gimme Mores

This Toronto punk group will be giving us energy, crazy drums and catchy synth lines. The Ooohh Baby Gimmie Mores have shared the stage with Saul Williams, Janelle Monae and Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers. So we know they will be bringing good vibes to stage. It is said that this group is guaranteed to have people  “booty shaking, and fist pumping”. Well, we can’t wait! The Ooohh Baby Gimmie Mores will be performing at 3:45pm on Sunday, August 24th. 

 

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AfroPunk Spin Thrift Market

Who doesn’t love to go shopping? Well luckily you can empty your pockets at AfroPunk’s Spin Thrift Market. Handmade jewelry, clothing, paintings and more all crafted by creative minds who represent Afropunk. Below are a few brands that sparked our interest.

 

Petrichor NYC

“’The funeral that inspired me the most was for my best friend Kwasi Pecou,” is usually not the first sentence a fashion designer uses to introduce their brand, but then there is Petrichor NYC, a high end street-wear apparel and accessories brand, birthed by Frank Caffey. The 24-year-old Queens, New York-native, has evolved from his graphic design and photography days into a full-fledged fashion designer over the past six years’.

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Afrodesiac Worldwide

“Established in 2005, Afrodesiac Worldwide is a cultural lifestyle brand, expressive of contemporary afro-urban style around the globe. From Brooklyn to Brixton, Jamaica to Johannesburg, Addis Ababa to Accra. Our vision is to become a premier lifestyle brand, pioneering a cultural revolution in fashion.”

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T. Barnes 

“T. Barnes is the owner of Solace hair and esthetics studio, an established licensed esthetician and business owner who has serviced the Fairfield County community since 2003.  She provides facial treatments, body waxing and make-up application services. Her facial provides deep cleansing, extractions of black and white heads and amazing relaxation through shoulder and face massage with lavender and jojoba oils. She has a loyal and growing clientele who seek out quality services, events and experiences. T. Barnes Beauty is a lifestyle of beauty brand which offers, spa services, retreats, workshops, boutique events, a high quality organic skincare and full mineral cosmetics line.”

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House of Eli 

Trimicka ‘Mecca’ Crump is a self-represented contemporary abstract artist that lives in the bustling city of Philadelphia. Mecca’s art is a reflection of liberation, trial and inspiration. She is a very new experimental artist who creates in many visual art mediums. She is a writer, teacher, published poet, and spoken word artist. Mecca addresses social subjects such as women’s, racial, and LGBT rights and awareness, social class, and politics through her art.”

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NY State of Mind 

NY STATE OF MIND is an independent lifestyle brand representing NY street culture. Started in the streets of downtown NYC and Brooklyn in 2008. All design, silk screening, painting, sewing, etc. is proudly done under one roof in Brooklyn, NY.”

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AfroPunk Fest Take Over: Day 2

 

Body Count

Stemming from Los Angeles, this thrash mental band formed in 1990 will definitely turn heads. The front man of the group alongside Ernie C. (lead guitar), is rapper/actor Ice T. Known for their controversial song “Cop Killa”, this group definitely going to put on a great show. Their newest album “Manslaughter” released this past June can be found on iTunes.  Given 4 1/2 stars by iTunes reviewers, this album is definitely one to check out. Body Count will be performing on the Red Stage at 7:45pm on Saturday, August 23rd.

 

Cipher

With a mix hardcore, punk, and metal our next artist highlight is Cipher. The crew was formed in 1996 by close friends who wanted to bring something different to the underground scene. Known for lyrics that push a social mission, these group of dudes will have you rocking out and pondering over a political view. Cipher will be performing on the Black Stage at 4:45pm on Saturday, August 23rd.

 

The Bots 

Recording their first album at 15 and 12, brothers Mikaiah Lei (Lead Vocal, Guitar, Bass), and Anaiah Lei (Drums and Percussions, Backing Vocal) will be playing on our stage (Black Stage) and we are very excited! Their sound is a mix of garage/punk with influences from the American blues and ballad tradition. Their latest release is the single “All I Really Want” which can be found on SoundCloud. The Bots will be performing at 5:45pm on Saturday, August 23rd. 

 

Bad Brains | Dr. Know

“No one would argue that the Bad Brains is one of the most important American punk bands of all time. Considered by many to be the “holy grail” of punk rock, they have a pure and quintessential attitude that most artists only aspire to achieve. Brilliantly melting together both reggae and pure punk rage to create a manic energy never seen before, their influence is deep and wide ranging: Minor Threat, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Lil Jon, Living Colour, Matisyahu, Mos Def, 311, hundreds of hardcore bands and any young punk musician” – Afropunk.com. The House of Marley is very excited to see this group perform, they have a sound that we love. Bad Brains | Dr. Know will be performing on the Black Stage at 7pm on Saturday, August 23rd. 


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What is AfroPunk?

“AFROPUNK – “The Rock and Roll N***** Experience” was the original title for the movie before it was changed to what we know as today: AFROPUNK – The Documentary, a 66 minute documentary explores race identify within the punk scene. More than your everyday “Behind the Music” or typical “Black History month “documentary this film tackles hard questions, covering issues such as exile, loneliness, interracial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyles. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community.

AFROPUNK – The Documentary features performances by Bad Brains, Tamar Kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand. It also contains exclusive interviews by members of Fishbone, 247- spyz, Dead Kennedys, Candiria, Orange 9mm and TV on the Radio to name a few” – afropunk.com.

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AfroPunk Fest Take Over: Day 1

This week leading up until AfroPunk Fest the House of Marley will be highlighting some of the key artists that will be performing, both on our Black Stage and throughout the festival. Today’s spotlight includes Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, HO99O9, Baby Baby, and Sunny Gang. 

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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are a New York based funk/soul band known for their exquisite outfits and notable work with Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse.  With more than 10 years of recording, touring and shutting down all venues in sight, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings know the formula to be successful in the music industry. Knowing what their fans want from them and wanting the same thing. This group captured the hearts of their audience and big named acts such as Beck, John Legend and Michael Bublé. “Give the People What They Want” (2013) is their newest released and we can’t wait for what they have next. They will be performing on the Green stage at 8:30pm on Saturday, August 23rd. 

 

Baby Baby

These Atlanta based energetic punk rockers are a group of dudes that you need to check out immediately. They will be rocking out on the Black Stage at 2:45 on Saturday the 23rd. There most recent release is their album “Big Baller Club” which can be purchased on babybabyband.bigcartel.com. Give these dudes a listen and prepare to vibe out.

HO99O9

Pronounced “Horror”, this crew has one of the coolest sounds out of anyone performing at AfroPunk Fest. Their music is an eclectic, aggressive mix of hip hop, thrash core and punk rock or noise as some people like to say.  Since forming in 2012, the group has been known for its provocative lyrical content. But who doesn’t love a little controversy once in a while? HO99O9 will be gracing the Black stage at 1:45pm on Saturday, August 23rd.

 

 Sunny Gang

A four-man punk rock group who loves everything we do: music, partying and having fun.  Their influences stem from hip hop, metal, soul, ska, and funk, and that list sounds great to us! Can’t wait to see these guys show out at AfroPunk Fest. They will be performing on the Black stage at 3:45pm on Saturday, August 23rd.

 

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House of Marley x AfroPunk Fest

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House of Marley x AfroPunkFest 

AFROPUNK FEST IS BACK FOR ITS 10TH YEAR!! August 23rd – 24th, Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY will be filled with art, culture and music. “The most multicultural festival in the US” as described by the New York Times. Big names such as Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, and Meshell Ndegeocello and more will be blessing this year’s stages. The festival will be filled with delicious food trucks and a market to satisfy your shopping needs, so come ready to have a good time.

House of Marley is thrilled to partner with AfroPunk 2014. We have a lot of exciting things planned for the festival itself and lots of content about the artists, history, and fashion of Afropunk via our social media over the next week, so STAY TUNED! Even if you can’t make it to Brooklyn, you’ll be able to participate with the festival in spirit with The House of Marley.

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History 

When Matthew Morgan and James Spooner joined forces in 2002, their focus was giving a voice to thousands of multi-cultural kids fiercely identifying with a lifestyle path-less-traveled. Morgan, a visionary with 15 years in the music industry, instinctively understood that the indie rock/punk/hardcore scene had powerful appeal beyond the predictable Caucasian audience; the passion evident in writer-director Spooners hours of riveting hand-shot footage was the indisputable proof. The result: 2003′s ‘Afro-punk’, the seminal cult classic film spotlighting Black Punks in America.

AFROPUNK became a touchstone of a cultural movement strongly reminiscent of the early days of Hip-Hop. Alternative urban kids across the nation (and across the globe) who felt like outsiders discovered they were actually the core of a boldly innovative, fast-growing community. The online members have been the driving force behind the exploding AFROPUNK (AP) culture, creating an authentic virtual home in www.afropunk.com, and nurturing the music’s best and brightest via expansion of the Liberation Sessions, a live performance series hosted by Spooner.

In 2005, the very first annual AFROPUNK Festival debuted to wildly enthusiastic crowds at the iconic Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Co-curated by Morgan and Spooner, the festival celebrated and unified the cultural cornerstones of AFROPUNK: music, film, skate, and most importantly, the fiercely independent and influential individuals that are the lifeblood of the AP community. AfroPunk.com

Check out some videos of AfroPunk Fest in the past:

House of Marley Spotlight – FKA Twigs

 

REX_FKAFKA Twigs, formally known as Twigs released her debut album today titled “LP1″. Stemming from Gloucestershire, southwest England, this mysterious artist of Jamaican decent glides into the House of Marley spotlight. Mysterious, because if you do a google search, good luck finding a live, in person interview. FKA Twigs early years were surrounded by nothing but farmlands, but she managed to study ballet and record music at a studio for Jamaican youths. At 17 she moved to London to pursue a career in dance, even appearing in some Jessie J videos as a backup dancer, but she soon released that this wasn’t the path she wanted to go down. A professional musician was where her heart wanted to be. Like most artists, she spent most of her days in the studio recording as much music as she could. Bar tending was her side gig that help push these dreams. In 2012 she released a self titled EP via bandcamp, Next was EP2, and today we have LP1. Her soft, dreamy voice and poetic words take you to a place that can only discovered in a dream. FKA Twigs is one of the most creative artists in the business right now, and LP1 is one of the most acclaimed debut albums of the 21st century. FKA Twigs also directs her own music videos, and those alone will have your fascinated and hooked to see what she has going for her next. 

Check out her debut album “LP1″ on iTunes now!

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Here are a few tunes that brought our attention to FKA Twigs:

Music Monday: My Funkiest Morning Mix

Happy Monday everyone! Today’s Music Monday features a playlist created by VeroMag. This smooth mix includes your favorite old school reggae sounds with a hint of Ska Punk in the mix. Let us make your Monday a relaxing one. Click play and jam on!

 

 

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Happy Independence Day Jamaica!

August 6th, 1962, INDEPENDENCE DAY! A day that will light up the island of Jamaica until the end of time. Free from three centuries of British rule, ecstatic Jamaicans launched fireworks into the sky as Jamaican flags were lowered all over the island. On this day, National Stadium was filled with over 20,000 emotional people celebrating one of the greatest days of Jamaica. Former Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante gave a poignant analysis of what independence meant to the Jamaican people: “Independence means the opportunity for us to frame our own destiny and the need for us to rely on ourselves in so doing. It does not mean a license to do as we would like. It means work and law and order. Let us resolve to build a Jamaica which will last and of which we and generations to come will be proud, remembering that especially at this time the eyes of the world are upon us.” Today marks 52 years of Independence for the island that has one of the biggest cultural and religious impacts in the world. 
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(Children gather round Norman W Manley during Jamaica’s Independence Day celebrations {Getty}) 

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Princess Margaret arrives at Gordon House to open the first Parliament of Jamaica.

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“The Daily Gleaner” August 8th, 1962

If you’ve never heard the Jamaican National Anthem or the Jamaican Pledge, take a moment and listen to these beautiful words sung and recited.