Chris Saunders

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afropunk paris: the voice of a black nation

July 13, 2019
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The world is filled with anxiety and angst. One thing we know for sure is, that as Black people, is that we have always used music as our weapon of choice. We’ve expressed our voice as a form of survival and salvation to soothe our souls — and save other’s. Spirituals, the blues, jazz, rock and roll, reggae, soul, and hip hop were all vehicles for social, political and cultural revolution. AFROPUNK Paris was a cacophony of rebel yell, womxn liberation, Afrobeat sensuality, and punk rock attitude. The global soundtrack was Black as fuck, and right on time — loud, raw and in-your-face. This exact emotion, you would want to feel on the eve of Bastille Day in Paris surrounded by thousands of Black folk. It was hot. It was sexy. It was the definition of Black joy — and resistance. From Burna Boy to Janelle Monae, Ibeyi to Scarlxrd, the voice of a Black nation was felt and heard.

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