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 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 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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