Check out Sara’s eye-opening posts about the appropriation of rock and roll: Black Girl Rise and From Rosetta to Reina: Stop Stealing from Black Women
Zahra (formerly of Wisigoth – Myspace – H/T Jean-Philippe Tremblay)
I don’t know everything, and that’s where I rely on you all (the readers!) to fill in the gaps. Recently, a reader emailed me a few bands that are led by black women, all of whom I knew nothing about previously. The person doesn’t have any social media that I can shout out, but Jean-Philippe, thank you for sending this information to me!
This is a paste directly from the email. A lot of what Jean-Philippe has to say is deep and relevant, so I’m including most of what was sent here. I love when people send me bands to feature, so if you know of any rock band with a black woman (or women!) in it that hasn’t been featured on this site, please send me an email! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi ! My name is Jean-Philippe from Montreal.
I’ve bought Laina Dawes book ”What are doing here ?” and i must say i learn a LOT not only about the implication and the hard battles that black womens have to endure to making sure they have their place in the scene (punk#HC#Metal) but about the difficulties that these warriors have to face also in front of the relatives (families/friends/etc.) because of the ”akward” choice to love a music who is supposes to be dedicated to the ”masses” but in reality, for black womens, have to front, once again, another form of elitism if not discrimination and racism.
Inspired by the book, i’ve found your web site and i must say it is something that i was definitively missing…. Still A LOT to learn.
Being a punk/HC fan (my knowledge in metal is just awful), here’s some bands i’ve known who black womens were members :
1- WISIGOTH (Late 90’s Montreal). If you don’t know this band, i think you will really like. Zahra is the ”growl” voice in the dual vocals of this crust/punk/metal band.2- BRIGADA FLORES MAGON (France early 2000’s). Raymonde was the bassist of the band. She did an lp and a 10”. Brigada Flores Magon – Octobre 61before she was the leader of tha band RAYMONDE ET LES BLANCS BECS in the early 90’s. Here’s page with cool pictures from here. http://rude-loulou.skyrock.com/842529397-RAYMONDE-ET-LES-BLANCS-BECS.htmlRaymonde et les Blancs Becs – Footbollocks3-CASEY (France – Discography) Known as the best french rapper, this black women have some of the most bitter, angry yet most intelligent texts. She love the ”HARDCORE” sound in music including rock and punk. She did a rock project with ZONE LIBRE and two lp’s aboslutly stunning lp’s have been release. Here’s one of the videos. Absolutly phenomenal.one of the best songs of the project… so much despair and anger. A song about the exploited making a revolt against the tyranny on his different forms (bosses, politicians). A song who express how the poor/rejected is facing disdain and disgust from ”them” and the treatement he received with the stress and the despair that bring his destiny.
finally, sorry for the annoyance since you surely already know lots of the infos above. It’s just reading of the book and your web site gave me the occasion to ”go back in class” and make my homeworks about the challaneges that black womens have faced and won with courage and guts in this so-called ”scene for the misfits”.
Keep up the great work.
Cierra White, drummer of Mobid Asphyxiation, Mount Cairn and Oak Ask & Thorn
Here’s a link to one of Morbid asphyxiations songs:
Don’t think the other bands have any material out yet.
Shantell Daggs of one woman black metal band Adore.
Here’s a link to a song: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H4sKYwYH5cM
Her tumblr is @adore
Retaliação Infernal with vocalist Larissa Pires.
Here’s a link to one of their songs:
Kiyoe Krista Fluker, guitarist for the death metal band Harlequin.
(Here’s a link to one of their most recent videos: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KpNsAgCIqhg
I have not, you wonderful angel!!!!! Thank you so much!!!
Hello! I’m mariah and from philly. Here’s my music.
We are KULA, an independent band based in LA. We just released a new album “KULA II” and wanted to share it with you. It’s rock that blends progressive soul-grunge with punch-drunk psychedelia in an indie afro-punk cocktail. Thanks for listening and doing what you do!
UNWANTED FRIEND.:. Adiam Dymott .2012 #nowplaying
[ recorded for the stage play Svansjön (“Swan Lake Reloaded”) ]
Thanks for the submission letting me know about this! I’m always looking for new stuff of hers to post.