I've been posting images on Instagram (@suspexceo) of attendees I came across at Afropunk, but had not posted many images of the performers. Part of the reason for this; I wanted to concentrate more on those who embrace their individuality. The everyday folk who love Afropunk for its stance for inclusivity, and felt free to be as expressive as they wanted to be. I DID capture images of some of the acts as well, so just wanted to share a few of those:
Lion Babe was one of my favorite sets to capture during AfropunkATL - their performance as well as the lighting made it QUITE the experience.
I first came across Hero the Band in the Little 5 Points neighborhood of Atlanta. I was in the area indulging in a little street photography when I spotted them setting up for a performance outside on the sidewalk. My curiosity got the best of me, and I hung around...and was NOT disappointed. The energy they put into their sets combined with their raw talent instantly draws you in. The band is made up of 4 brothers, and what tends to throw people off is the fact that they play mainly indie rock.
Not much needs to be said about Tyler, The Creator - his reputation speaks for itself. The second he stepped onstage there was a press toward the stage that the barriers could barely contain. Another extremely energetic performer, Tyler at one point jumped offstage for a crowd surf (which I unfortunately missed).
Natives of Atlanta, GA, St. Beauty takes the listener on a journey with songs of love, freedom, and the status quo. Their lyrics are hauntingly beautiful and are matched perfectly with the musical arrangements during their sets. It is always a joy to catch them live.
Info on the artists featured in this post:
Lion Babe - www.lionbabe.com
Hero the Band - www.herotheband.com
Tyler, The Creator - https://www.facebook.com/TylertheCreatorOfficial/
St. Beauty - www.stbeautyband.com