Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack (Oct 2013) www.iafrofuturism.com
Philadelphia was the home to two exciting events in Afrofuturism. On Saturday, Nov. 9th both Bring the Noise and the Dark Phase Space Costume Charity Ball took place. DJ/Producer King Britt curated Bring the Noise, an ode to the Art of Noise Manifesto and the Afrofuturists in electronic music. He hosted the event at fidget space, an arts venue that specializes in showcasing experimental music and dance. Meanwhile, Rasheedah Phillips hosted the Afrofuturist Affair’s Annual Costume Charity Ball at Window Factory Arts.
Bring the Noise started with a panel that featured Afrofuturism author Ytasha L. Womack, legendary Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee, as well as DJ whizzes and producers HPrism, Computer Jay and newcomer Marlo Reynalds. King Britt and fidget space codirector Peter Price moderated. Womack defined Afrofuturism and Shocklee shared the sampling process he used for his classic Public Enemy songs. Next, King Britt, Marlo Reynalds, HPrism and Computer Jay did live deejay sets creating the best in ambient and electronic sound production. King Britt provided the intro to the electronic spectacle of the night. Marlo Reynalds had the audience spellbound with his mellow nature inspired sonics. HPrism rearthed the dark, heavy bass, sonic rhythms and sampling reminiscent of WuTang and RZA. Computer Jay showcased his multimedia show, including rapping computer, a glow in the dark self-made Commodore/Atari construction as well as songs from Savage Planet Discoteque. Copies of Afrofuturism were made available by Spiral Bookstore.
Afterwards the panelists joined the Afrofuturists Affair’s Dark Phase Space. The art and music showcase included a host of unique performances with special features around drumming and electronic deejay presentations. The event also included a trailer of the upcoming documentary Invisible Universe, which highlights the black diaspora and speculative fiction. All attendees were in costume, too. Phillips was featured in Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture where she talked about the Afrofuturist Affair and her work using Afrofuturism for community building.