After The Skins was Jean Grae, epic. She spits fire on the mike and her passionate performance which she dedicated to her mother who recently passed, was truly moving. You could tell she's a total boss, and is really in tune with who her is as an artist. The London Souls were next. Basically...legendary group. From the epic in-the-moment facial expressions of the lead singer and guitarist, Tash Neal to the awesome man sporting a voluptuous beard, Ray Bans, a bowler hat (yes.) AND denim on denim... pretty sure I'm suppose to be his lover. Stu Mahan (plays bass), I want your purrfect soul. If only Will and Willow didn't steal my attention for the latter part of their performance...Did anyone know Jada Pinkett Smith was the lead singer of a band called Wicked Wisdom? Oh yeah, she is. The family was there to support so sadly I was more caught up in being star struck by Willow, Will, and Jaden than focusing on the last few songs London Souls were playing. I would most def give them a listen.
Jada was next and unfortunately it was while I decided to stuff my face with Madiba's curry chicken. Yes, it was very disappointing but luckily I caught their last three songs and drew the conclusion that Jada Smith is, unarguably, a bada**.
The 12 year olds, Alec, Malcolm, and Jared (drummer-11yrs. old) in the band Unlocking The Truth, also did incredibly. They seemingly had much humility for their unquestionable level of talent. The whole crowd just stood in awe as these kids three junior bada**es were rocking the stage. To think these kids landed a spot on AfroPunk's main stage? They're already way cooler than I'll ever be. Theophilus London went on after Wicked. Honestly, I found his music a bit sexist (telling a woman you know you want 'the d' even if you identify as lesbian is something my morals just can't let me jam to). Never the less, he was a character and certainly intriguing. I couldn't quite help but just stand and watch his performance. The night ended with a random head banger, equipment breaking band who was unnamed (different but I'm all for creative expression), while Saul Williams closed the show. Oh, did I mention The Heavy performed? If you haven't had a listen, check them out, they're a UK band and they've made strides selling over 750k copies of their album and are now on tour, I really enjoyed their performance. Their energy was fire.