I’ve been attending a lot of shows lately, and I always find the opening acts either long and drawn out or just over the top interesting (Almost better than the headliner) So anyways, Murs performed last night at New Parish in Oakland and he brought a long a dope black punk rock band called Whole Wheat Bread. They came all the way from Jacksonville, Fla. to rock out with a bunch of Oakland folks and it was well receptive. I’ve been looking for bands around the bay area to check out so this was a refreshing escape from the usual hip hop or R&B crowd that I was used to.
Whole Wheat Bread was formed in 2003 with Aaron Abraham on the vocals and guitar and Nicolas Largen on the bass and his brother Joseph played the drums. They released their first album Minority Rules in 2005 with Fighting Records and have been on tour all over the world ever since. With connections to Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard they are continuing to remain on the scene but have dominated underground punk rock music. Not only are they punk rock but also crunk and has done work with Lil’ Jon producing covers from his popular hits like “Never Scared”. They are featured on Afro Punk’s site for an interview from the 2008 festival. I’m diggin these brothas from the south. How about you?
Lead singer of the Noisettes, Shingai Shoniwa caught my eye with her powerful outspoken mane. This Indie Punk-Rock Artists, is a English native of Zimbabwen descent. With a focus on making the soundtrack of her life, Shingai was featured in magazines like Rolling Stone and the New Yorker as one of the leading artists of the International music industry. With songs like “Scratch Your Name” and “Never Forget You”, the Noisettes have become the forefront of the new punk rock today. I love the fact that the leading singer uses Kinky Curly products just as I, realizing that no matter what nationality or how much fame you’ve aquired we all share the greatness of our naturality
Here you can see her naturality in action with last year’s video “Dont Upset The Rythmn (Go Baby Go)”
I have just been recently introduced to “Afro Punk”- the black punk culture, and I find it pretty interesting. The movement all started when Matthew Morgan and James Spooner did a film on the black punks in America. I’m over here thinking kids like Lenny Kravitz, alternative and urbanized? I love it!
The website www.afropunk.com is dedicated to the Black Punk community in America. People all over the world, sharing the same interest, in music and culture, come to the website to share music and also network on different lifestyles. The webiste is equipped with blogs, forums, current news, music, and more. Whether you share a love for punk music or you are just interested in the culture, this website is very welcoming.
Coming straight out of Brooklyn in 2005, the birth of the Afro Punk Festivals arised. With the support of many celebrities, like Janelle Monae as well as the Afropunk.com team, the festival has produced to celebrate the freedom of expression through the punk culture.
I feel that this movement is a hidden treasure that should get more credit in the music industry. What are your thoughts?