dj anaïs b: an afropunk mix
July 5, 2019
There is good reason that Parisian DJ Anaïs B has graced the AFROPUNK decks on three continents, having already played in Brooklyn and Johannesburg, as well as her hometown. She knows what the community likes, and never fails to bring a special kind of Black cosmopolitan vibe whenever she plays.
A world of classic and future beats is always at Anaïs B’s fingertips: Afro-house, Grime and Gqom, plus legendary house or hip-hop bangers, they’re all there. And now she’s threaded some of these through an exclusive AFROPUNK mix, compiled ahead of her upcoming appearance at AFROPUNK Paris later this month.
In addition to 30+ minutes of music that Anaïs B will bring to Le Seine Musicalle, the DJ was kind enough to provide us with some thoughts about her role as a DJ, and about what the AFROPUNK community means to her. Listen and enjoy!
How did you first get into DJ’ing?
I always loved music. I was working as an international booking agent when I met a female DJ who inspired me by the way she was bringing her vision, her culture and her femininity to the table. It was very powerful to me and made me want to further explore the artistic part inside of me. So I decided to leave Paris for New York, in order to learn to DJ — my DJ friends taught me a lot. I worked hard. It became my passion, and when I came back to Paris my first gig was in one of the most iconic clubs , Le Queen. Since then, I’ve considered that I’m on a mission… Music is my tool to share powerful messages, love and good energy to the world.
What kind of music do you expect to play at AFROPUNK?
Afro-descendant music, from hip-hop to Afrobeats, baile funk, dancehall, but also future beats, Afro house…I like musical fusion.
What are you most looking forward to at AFROPUNK Paris?
The vibe, the energy, the connection with people. A feeling that you can’t find nowhere else.
What does the phrase “We See You” mean to you?
- We are together.
- We are strong.
- We are one.
- Real recognize real.
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