Dennis Manuel


afropunk after dark: sunday night club fever

August 28, 2019

Sunday night is hard for clubbing. So anybody who came out to the final night of AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2019 After Dark already deserves a stamp of realness. Kudos to all the musical MFs we saw out on the dance-floors last night. There were many of you and you all looked good. And all the different music we caught as went Sunday-night clubbing bore the AFROPUNK stamp of a global culture charging headfirst to destroy the basic. 

At the Brooklyn Tap House on Myrtle Avenue, a celebration of South African beats was taking place. Festival stand-out Muzi was mixing his own songs, full of traditional melodies and minimalist beats, with disco and house vibes; and Rudeboyz followed with a great all-gqom set that had people singing “They feel a way (oh wow)” deep into the night. A banger.

The mighty Soulection crew took over Public Records, a great new club in Gowanus with what is instantly one of the best soundsystems in New York. It was a full night of chunky low-end, dub-ass grooves as Sasha Marie, Sahar Habibi, Andres Uribe and Jared Jackson kept the bass bumping into the wee hours. The lights dim and it was casual, sexy and very, very deeeeep.

There was also mad bass over at the Sultan Room in Bushwick, where booty, bounce and ballroom royalty united to put on a club music extravaganza. The party’s name, PB&J, wasn’t just a sweet and nutritious sandwich, it stood for Philly, Baltimore and Jersey, the seaboard centers for bumping East Coast Club, and homes to the night’s DJs — MikeQ, UNIIQU3, AceMoMa (the duo of AceMo and Moma Ready), Ase Manual  — and live performer — TT the Artist.

Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg had a really wide variety of music from DJ Dre Ngozi, reggae/soca to R&B, a great crowd dancing throughout the space and amazing energy. And Basquiat’s Bottle was again the place to be if you were in the mood for stone-cold BK Classics, as Mike Nasty was playing JAY-Z and Lil Kim to a packed crowd, and guests kept coming in all night long.

Maybe Sunday isn’t THAT hard for clubbing. See you next year!