Category Archives: Afropunk

Baba Commandant

Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band are a great band from Burkina Faso. Mandingo music mixed with afrobeat. Ngoni and guitars. I love it.

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Purple Snow

 

1984. An important year for me. I was eleven years old and I bought Purple Rain by Prince & The Revolution. Wow, I loved that album. Well I still love Purple Rain. Nine great songs. It is one of the greatest albums in the Minneapolis sound. From Purple Rain I then went on to discover The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye and other great artists. I have seen Prince three times – 1987, 1988 and 2011. All three concerts where amazing. I missed his hard rock show in Stockholm this year though since I’m abroad.

Numero Group has just released Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, a great collection of late 70s early 80s sounds from Minneapolis. Soul and R&B with a new wave synth-vibe. It’s lovely! I highly reccommend this album.

Raw psychedelic soul 1969-1973

Osmium, Funkadelic, Free You Mind And Your Ass Will Follow, Maggot Brain, America Eats Its Young, Cosmic Slop…I love the early Parliament-Funkadelic before they became P-Funk legends. The music is completely “out there”. Totally original. Raw psychedelic soul mixed with proto-heavy metal and funk. Nasty guitar licks from Eddie Hazel (check out the solo on Maggot Brain – he’s up there with Hendrix) and mad singing chanting from George Clinton.

One of the great things about youtube is that it’s possible to watch wonderful clips like the two I post here. One clip is from a TV-show in 1969 and the other one is a clip from 1973 where the whole P-Funk gang run around in NYC and mime to “Cosmic Slop”.

Holy Ghost

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“Trane was the father, Pharaoh was the son, I am the holy ghost.” – Albert Ayler.

Free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler used to live in Sweden. Stockholm to be more precise. While in Sweden he met fellow American avantgarde pianist Cecil Taylor and performed with him. Some say he developed his music while in Stockholm. It’s difficult to describe the music Albert Ayler performed during the 1960s. Sometimes it sounds like a New Orleans funeral march that has got lost, other times it sounds like a West African high life mini orchestra in a fist fight with a hard bob band. His music is naked and raw, sometimes very intense and agressive. It’s blues. It’s free jazz. It’s Albert Ayler.

We will never know how his music would have evolved and sounded during the 1970s. Albert Ayler disappeared in early november 1970 and was found dead in New York City’s East River a couple of weeks later. Sad. Very sad.

“Our Prayer” is a beautiful piece written by his brother Don Ayler (on trumpet). Albert Ayler plays the saxophone.

Afropunk

I really love this documentary (from 2003) about an alternative Black experience in the USA. It’s really interesting. When I grew up in Sweden I was a metalhead. When my friends had long hair I rocked an afro. I was always the odd kid.

Nowadays people are often surprised when they hear I like hard rock and metal. I don’t fit in the stereotype of a metalhead.