Check out this playlist on @8tracks: Black Women In Rock playlist (blackwomeninrock.info) by jaleesa-l.
New songs added! This playlist is sourced from my own personal collection, so I can basically only add songs I’ve bought lol. Check it out!
Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes
London – March 26, 2009
Teenage Cancer Trust
I was going to cover my dashboard with Fefe Dobson. But then I changed the plan. I decided to rant a little. But my rant was starting to get crazy so I changed the plan again. It started when I saw quite a few posts about how no one could think of a woman of color singing rock & roll. The voice in my head immediately sounded like Alex Trebek;
Question: American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in rock earned her the title The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Answer: WHO IS TINA TURNER?
Now instead of the rant about how rock music started in the black community, and how it makes me sad that people think that rock music ‘belongs’ to whites, I’m just gonna throw you some names other than Fefe that rock.
- Tina Turner- Undisputed Queen of Rock & Roll. Don’t tell that you’ve heard her sing Proud Mary and didn’t start headbanging and jumping around. Listen to: Proud Mary to start, but go find a greatest hits and just sit there and worship.
- Grace Jones-Grace, Grace, Grace, where do I start? Singer, model actress, complete icon. Some people might not consider her a rock musician, but if she ain’t a rocker, I don’t know who is. Listen to: Private Life and Corporate Cannibal.
- Jada Pinkett Smith- She fronts a metal band called Wicked Wisdom. She growls out like the best of ’em, and while she’s not a perfect singer, it’s like Iced-T once said, “Who can sing in rock ‘n’ roll?“ Listen to: Bleed All Over Me and Forgiven
- Felony Melody- Fronts the band Objex. You should see her mohawk, and her voice is powerful and punk. She melts me. Listen to: Eat This
- Graph Nobel- She reminds me a little of No Doubt circa Return of Saturn, slow, soft, heartbreaking. Listen to: Fyah
- Santi White AKA Santogold- The girl is pure rock in my opinion, but with her band Stiffed, she’s seen in the traditional rock band. Listen to: Hold Tight
- Shingai Shoniwa- Fronts the Noisettes. If Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday had a baby, it’d be Shingai. There are no words that can express my love. Listen to: EVERYTHING! Lol, but go ahead and start with Sister Rosetta, Don’t Upset The Rhythm, and their cover of When You Were Young
- Skin- She’s a solo artist but mostly fronts Skunk Anansie. The bands sound is "an amalgam of heavy metal and black feminist rage,” and man do I love it. Listen to: Alone In My Room (solo) Secretly (w/SA), and My Ugly Boy (w/SA)
- Danielia Cotton- A fucking beautiful voice. If you like classic rock, you’ll like Danielia. She’s opened for B.B. King and Lynyrd Skynyrd, how awesome is that? Listen to: Let It Ride, Make U Move, and Running
- Sophia Ramos- Where do I start? She is a true rock goddess, I don’t want to give another baby analogy, but if Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin had a baby = Sophia. She’s got an emotional, soulful, take no prisoners voice. Amaaazzzzinnng. Listen to: Torn Down, Freedom is Over, and Shining Still
- Lisa Kekaula- Fronts The Bellrays, she’s pure rock & roll, like fire man. Listen to: Infection (the video had a dancing bear!) and Fire On The Moon.
- Alexis Brown- Fronts Straight Line Stitch. METAL. METAL. METAL. Alexis demands attention, and gets it, with her screaming vocals. Lovvveee. Listen to: Black Veil
- Janelle Monáe- I consider her a rocker. I think she is progressive and psychedelic. Dude, she’s singing about a girl named Blueberry Mary, fairy gods, the words of Dhammapada, and coming alive like a schizo running wild, all while telling the story of an android in love with a human. Dude, it’s a fucking rock opera. She’s rock & roll. Listen to: Come Alive, Cold War, and Sir Greendown.
I think I reblogged this before, but it seems to have grown more awesome-r so reblogging again. Will tag later.
Do you have an African style icon?
My original fashion hero is my Malawian Grandmother, Gogo, who was the village dressmaker. She could stitch up a marriage and mend a broken heart with a sewing machine. With this foundation I am constantly on a journey to explore African fashion further.
Shingai Shoniwa my love.
Black Musicians In Alternative Music
In honor of Black History month, let’s take a look at some Black musicians in alternative music. These groups take pieces from all genres- hip-hop, rock, R&B, blues, punk (things Black artists have had a hand in creating since the inception of the respective genres)- and in turn create something new, fresh and absolutely wonderful.
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Fronted by the daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and The Cosby Show’s Lisa Bonet, LOLAWOLF is a trio that features Zoe Kravitz, Jimmy Giannopoulos and James Levy. Their sound is all over the place and yet oddly specific: the group dabbles in rock, electronic, hip- hop and R&B. Downright electric and eclectic, you can check out their debut LP “Calm Down” on Spotify & purchase it on iTunes.
Radkey is a garage punk band from St. Joseph, Missouri that is made up of three brothers: Dee, the lead guitarist and vocalist; Isaiah on bass; and Solomon, the drummer and youngest brother. Formed in 2010, they’ve played SXSW, Afropunk and are set to play at this year’s Coachella. They have released two EPs since then, 2012’s Cat & Mouse and 2013’s Devil Fruit. Listen to their music on their website.
Hardly a new name in music, The Noisettes are an indie rock band from London currently composed of singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith. Formed in 2003, this high energy group has released three albums- 2007’s What’s The Time Mr. Wolf; 2009’s Wild Young Hearts; and 2012’s Contact. Their fashion is crazy amazing, their sound manages to be retro and modern at the same damn time, and honestly Shingai’s melanin is something truly magical. Check out their awesome website and listen to their music. (Also, they did a cover of The Killers’ “When You Were Young“ that puts the original to shame.)
TV On The Radio
Formed in 2001, TV On The Radio is an indie rock band from Brooklyn, NY. With five albums under their belt, the band features Tunde Adebimpe, David Sitek, Kyp Malone, and Jaleel Bunton. While Tunde and Kyp do most of the vocals, the whole group functions like a well-oiled machine, all multitasking on different instruments to create a sound that is unique, haunting and spectacular. Like other groups on the list, this band easily ties different sounds into their music: their latest singles “Happy Idiot” and “Careful You” from the 2014 release Seeds feature pop, hip-hop and rock sounds. Check out their music and website here. (Also hear the group do a dope cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” in the season 5 Game of Thrones trailer.)
Noisettes – Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit)
Shingai Shoniwa at her desk.
The Noisettes – Don’t Upset The Rhythm (2009)
Noisettes – “Atticus”
Shingai Shoniwa of The Noisettes
Whenever I see those “Women of Rock” posts I almost always only see exclusively Caucasian faces and it made me wonder why no one has made a post for the badass women of color who have both influenced rock music and paved the way for many other colored women to show the world that rock music isn’t just a “white people thing” (its roots can be traced back to the blues of the early 20th century, which was invented by black people). So here are just some of my favorites, whose musical styles range from blues rock, punk rock, heavy metal, indie rock, and rock and roll. Obviously, there are also many others, but those listed are probably the most easily recognizable colored women of rock music, who deserve to be given major accolades and equal representation because well, they fucking rock.
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You still have to wait for about 5 more days to get Issue#4 curated by Shingai Shoniwa & Marques Toliver. They’ve put their hearts and souls into this beautiful issue. Part I of Mixtape #4 is here ‘Tropical Metropolis AF9000’: https://soundcloud.com/love-is-the-law-magazine/sets/litl-mixtape-4-tropical