Crazy enough, it's August and we're already finished with two-thirds of 2016. Fret not though, as Summer Sixteen isn't over just yet and there's still plenty of fun to be had. Prime example: AfroPunk. The two day festival celebrating the multicultural identities of the African Diaspora through music and art is making its way to Brooklyn once more with just a few weeks to spare. While I count down the days (hours, minutes, seconds...) until I get to soak in all the melanin goodness of the fest, I've made it my mission to listen to each and every artist to prepare myself for the wonderment to come. (Spoiler alert: there's a TON of artists in the line-up.)
My obsession with The Internet should come as no surprise to you all since you probably can tell that I'm all about vibes, but also note that I'm here for the vocals too. My interest in the neo-soul/acid jazz band only began with their second album, Feel Good, three years ago, but when I truly became a fan and scavenged the internet (ha, no pun intended) for tickets to their show was after the release of their third LP Ego Death. Their 2015 release was one of those rare works where you wouldn't have it any other way but to listen to the album in chronological order. It's the perfect album to reminisce, relax, vibe, jam, dance, and bop to, and if Syd's voice doesn't put you in a trance then you need a higher dosage of Black Girl Magic in your life.
The Internet tops my Top 10 I-Must-Be-There-For-This AfroPunk Performances list for 2016 among others such as Kelala, Sango, and Gallant as well as big-name acts like Janelle Monae and Ice Cube. Keep it locked on my blog to see my upcoming Ultimate AfroPunk Summer Sixteen Playlist for a list of my favorite songs from most of the festival's line-up.
For tickets and more information about AfroPunk, check out their site here.