Afro-Punk: The Next Great Music Genre?
Afro-punk has taken over Brooklyn the past two weekends with multiple festival days at locations around Fort Greene. The events culminated yesterday with a day long Brooklyn style street party featuring music, art and fashion sponsored by Toyota and Mountain Dew.
Maybe you’ve never heard of Afro-punk? It got it’s start in the late 80’s and early 90’s with hardcore bands like the Bad Brains, 24-7 Spyz, and Fishbone. Since then it’s adopted elements of hip-hop and nu soul. The sound is being pushed forward by bands and artists looking to try something new and mash sounds and instruments together that you wouldn’t expect to work. Beyond the music there are close knit ties to the BMX and skateboarding communities. And Afro-Punk has spawned a distinctive take on fashion mixing 70’s glam with contemporary streetwear.