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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 punk and alternative subcultures, especially in the United States where this scene had been overwhelmingly white. The term originated from the 2003 documentary Afro-Punk (film) directed by James Spooner.[1] In the early 21st century, Afro-punks made up a minority in the North American punk scene.

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, Unlocking the Truth and Rough Francis. In the United Kingdom, influential black musicians associated with the late 1970s punk scene included Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, Don Letts and Basement 5.[2][3] Afro-punk has become a movement, comparable to the early hip hop movement of the 1980s.

The Afropunk Music Festival was founded in 2005 by James Spooner and Matthew Morgan.[4]


  1. ^ Afropunk Started With A Documentary, Village Voice
  2. ^ Jones, Daisy (19 November 2015). "The black punk pioneers who made music history". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ Williams, Harrison (3 October 2017). "Basement 5 announced reissue of debut material "1965-1980" and "In Dub"". Mixmag. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ Afropunk Abandoned Its Origins, New Yorker

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