event review: afropunk ladies rocked london!

March 11, 2014

How fitting that last Saturday’s AFROPUNK show took place on the night of International Women’s day. It was indeed a night of celebrating all that is woman. Cue that clichéd term “Girl Power”. In the first part of two shows celebrating London’s punk rock offerings, Madame So, Ye Nuns, and Vodun took to the stage of the Windmill pub in Brixton, South London.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
Photos by Juliette de Momigny

First off was Madam So. AFROPUNK previously described this French vocalist as “Bizarre” and I can totally understand the estimation: no eye contact to the audience and harsh sounds colliding against the instruments around her. But the batch of lyric-led guitar pop really worked well; especially when the North London act sings in her native French tongue.

Next was the highlight of the night: Ye Nuns. Each armed with their instrument of choice, a motley crew of six women, vocals and instruments rocked the house down in harmony; the audience forced to bang those heads and shake those hips. With some dressed in nun paraphernalia and a lead singer shaking a tambourine that you’d easily spot in a Baptist service, the intimate audience were taken to church with their covers of late sixties German rock group, The Monks. It felt like the spirits of James Brown and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were in the building.

To close the show, we had Vodun. Power metal meets the African occult. All I can say is that lead singer Oya is just mesmerising. The power and smoothness of her vocals is a perfect partner for metal; although at times I would have been best pleased to just hear Oya and the amazing percussionist.

The ladies definitely represented. This week, we see the men on March 15! The Connectors, Yes Rebels + Yinka Oyewole. Tickets HERE. Facebook event page here.