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Afro-punk (sometimes spelled Afro-Punk, Afropunk or AfroPunk) refers to the participation of African Americans and other black people in the punk and alternative music cultures. Afro-punks make up a minority in the North American punk scene. However, they represent a majority in the punk culture in predominantly black regions of the world that have burgeoning punk communities, such as in parts of Africa. There are many punk rock bands with black members, and several with lineups that are all black.
Notable bands that can be linked to the Afro-punk community include: Death, Pure Hell, Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Kennedys, Fishbone, Wesley Willis Fiasco, Suffrajett, The Templars, Shinobi Ninja, Santigold, Time Again and Rough Francis. Afro-punk has become a movement, comparable to the grassroots punk-related movements of the gay community in queercore, and of women in the riot grrrl scene.
The Afropunk Music Festival was founded in 2002 and occurs in Brooklyn.
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