House of Marley x AfroPunk Fest Recap

AfroPunk Fest was fire! Commodore Barry Park was filled with positive vibes, great music — and STYLE. There are no words to express how beautiful this past weekend was. The people of New York City and beyond came together through art, music, and fashion and blessed Brooklyn with two wild festival days. And the House of Marley “Get Together” and Gold Stage area was the zone! The DJs filled the air with music the crowd could dance to all day long. Thank you Brooklyn!

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AfroPunk Fest Take Over: Day 4

 

Lianne La Havas 

Giving us acoustic sounds, soul and alternative folk, Lianne La Havas is one of our highlists of the week. Born in London, England of Jamaican decent this phenomenal woman will definitely put on an amazing show. Her solo album “Is Your Love Big” was given a five star rating by iTunes reviews. Lianne La Havas will be performing at 7:00pm on the Green Stage on Saturday, August 23rd.

 

The Wildling Incident

Known for their “raw, primal, and politically charged lyrics, The Wilding Incident will be sure to keep your eyes glued to the stage. With influences stemming from Bad Brains to Minor Threat to SS Decontrol the House of Marley is excited to have this group of dudes rocking out on our stage. The Wilding Incident will be performing at 5:45pm on the Black Stage, Saturday, August 24th. 

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Unlocking The Truth

We are very excited to announce that one of the most anticipated acts at AfroPunk Fest will be playing on our stage. Unlocking the truth performed last year and absolutely killed it!  This young metal band performed at the Apollo in 2012 and proved themselves to be artists too look out for in the future. With influences from Metallica, Slipknot, Disturbed, Living Colour, Chelsea Grin, Motionless in White, Escape the Fate, and many more who wouldn’t be interested in seeing what these guys have to offer. Unlocking the Truth will be performing at 5:45pm on the Black Stage, Sunday, August 24th. We can’t wait! 

 

 

Cro-Mags

Formed in 1983 and known for being the pioneers of New York Hardcore. “The Age Of Quarrel” their debut record, released in 1985 is known for being “the blueprint” for New York Hardcore punk. We hope those attending acts at the Black stage are prepared to mosh and rock out. These guys are a household name in the Hardcore punk world and will definitely kill the stage. You can find Cro-Mags  at the Black stage, Sunday, August 24th at 7pm. 

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 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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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: