Afropunks On Wheels

By editor • Jul 9th, 2008 • Category: news

photography by richard louissaint

For  seven days of creation,(July 5-12) the mutha-tfreakin’ Afro-Punk Film and Music Fest came back to Brooklyn with a bigger than ever bang of free rad performances, dangerously dark cinema and a half-pipe skate park. While some younguns were curling, looping and hurling through the air, others tentatively nodded, shuffled and stuck a toe out towards the fervently Afrocentric mosh pits that kinda-sorta whirled about appearances by Tamar-Kali, Game Rebellion, The Dirtbombs (who destroyed us all with a set of Motor-city mayhem the likes of which likely made Babylon fall) , Janelle Monae( thepictures above by Richard Loussaint say it all), The Noisettes (a no-show unfortunately), Bazaar Royale, Sophia Ramos (who not only rocked but exposed DD’s  as is historically her wont when the soundman isnt doing her right), Kudu, The Carps, Whole Wheat Bread and DJ Rich Medina. Had we launched a week ago like we tried to we would have advised you break into a light trot to secure tix and seats for the screenings of  flicks about P-funk, Lee Scratch Perry and two rarely seen black indie film masterpieces, Bill Gunn’s Ganja and Hess–which is to other ‘groid vampire movies as the writings of Anne Rice are to those of Bela Lugosi–and Larry Clark’s Passing Through which is to other jazz flix as the mind of Sun Ra is to the deep thoughts  of Chris Botti’s curling iron. Bravo to organizers Matthew Morgan and James Spooner and to our favorite rock n’ roll DJ’s The Dustbin Brothers

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