Rick Kern

Film / TVMusic

our excitement for this d’angelo doc is real!

April 30, 2019
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It will likely come as no surprise that around AFROPUNK, the music and soul of Michael Archer, known the globally as D’Angelo, is foundational. Some folks here go back with D prior to the beginning, before Brown Sugar introduced one of the singular voices in music to the world; and many of us were here when D kickstarted his Black Messiah comeback with a spectacular live set at AFROPUNK Brooklyn in 2014.  So, to say we are excited about seeing Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo, the new documentary by Dutch filmmaker Carine Bijlsma, set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, is an understatement.

The film, made with D’Angelo blessing, features interviews with the artist and his many collaborators (including Questlove and Dave Chappelle), footage from every part of his career, as well as performances from his comeback Second Coming tour in 2015. It promises to be the final word on the musician who disappeared — but came back. And why he did.

Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo debuts this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, but is damn likely to soon come to a screen near you.

And just in case you need more reminders why D’Angelo matters, here’s his epic set from AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2014: