AfroPunk

On their debut EP, Paris collective The Afrorockerz interjected Afrobeat sounds with funk, psychedelia, and post-punk energy. It was like an ode to the most iconoclastic dance music of the late 70’s. So it’s fitting on their debut full length, that they’d shift the influences up a few years. Naturally, the love for Fela is still there, but here it’s merged with tinges of Prince synth squiggles and Talking Heads left field grooves. Yet despite those retro signifiers, The Afrorockerz still manages to sound fresh.

“I Go U Go” play the band’s Afrobeat roots more or less straight, but with a warm analog synth line where the massive horn section should be. Singer Emma Lamadji handles the bulk of the vocals with Allonymous only adding a few backup lines in support. By the time the band hits “Looking For Change,” the dueling vocals that epitomizes the band are out in full swing. The grimy analog synths take more of a center stage, sounding less like a novel affectation, as they do in “I Go U Go,” and more like the point. By “Hearts & Lines,” it’s abundantly clear that The Afrockerz are the rare band that’s at their best when they’re at their weirdest. A massive jam that reclaims the beats Paul Simon mined during his 80’s solo peak, Allonymous’ spoken word trades usual dance partner Emma Lamadji for Maxime Zampieri’s slinky bass.

On “For This,” the band makes the social justice bent of “Looking For Change” explicit. Accompanied by a funky bass line and a bee sting synth line, the band proves Fela Kuti’s central musical thesis: there is no better platform for social messaging in music than atop a killer dance beat. The Afrorockerz stretch out in the closing tracks “U Need Me” and “My Prayer.” The songs reintroduce the psychedelia of their debut EP to fantastic results. This is a band that thrives not in manic energy, but in the wide open spaces between the beats.

Rue 89

« [… Afrorockerz,] héraut français du nouvel afrobeat mis à l’heure d’une modernité électro-rock, très nerveuse, ultra-efficace et assurément taillée pour enflammer la scène ? […] Combo dévastateur à l’identité multiple, Afrorockerz bouscule à dessein l’univers de Fela pour convoquer jazz, rock psyché, nappes planantes, soul futuriste et slam-rap proche de la transe »

Les Inrocks

« Investir l’héritage de Fela pour poursuivre sa fusion entre musiques africaines et occidentales, telle est l’ambition de The Afrorockerz. Prouvant sa capacité à toujours se réinventer, l’afrobeat emprunte ici ses façons à la Côte Ouest Psychédélique, au P-Funk des années 80 ou à l’électro européenne sans jamais trahir son groove fondateur ni perdre son âme africaine. Le résultat est un album détonnant qui déborde d’innovations jubilatoires et dont le slam master Allonymous et l’éblouissante Emma Lamadji sont les parfaits maîtres de cérémonie. »

 

Télérama

« Afrobeat bondissant, déflagrations sonores très rock, voix soul et beats électro en cascade : improbable sur le papier, […] la nouvelle fusion du guitariste Julien Raulet prend sens sur une scène. Car en confrontant l’héritage de Fela aux musiques noires de la diaspora africaine, [… il] a mis sur pied une véritable machine à groover. Sans cuivre, mais avec claviers ultra funky, […] basse et batterie psychédéliques. Sans oublier les deux chanteurs, qui constituent la véritable originalité du sextet : entre les vocalises véhémentes (en anglais en en songo) de la Centrafricaine Emma Lamadji et le flow anglophone du charismatique Allonymous, slameur James Brownien comme monté sur ressorts, la mixture est incarnée et le rythme ne faiblit jamais. L’ensemble part dans tous les sens, […] l’ébouriffante énergie de cette transe guincheuse a le mérite d’être communicative. »

 

Rock’n Folk

« Dès l’impeccable premier morceau d’ouverture, son premier album groove avec décontraction avec une formation unie qui fait la part belle aux rythmiques néo-funky et à une vigueur très rock. La suite tient les promesses de cette brillante entrée en matière entre soul et afrobeat psyché « 

 

 

 

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INTRODUCING Afrorockerz [NEW MUSIC]
This Paris-based band mixes Afrobeat, funk and soul into a way-killer mélange

Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/video/entertainment-culture/introducing-afrorockerz-new-music-434#ixzz3PhBCew2h
AfroRockerz, ‘I Go You Go’
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Besotted with Prince’s early-career synth funk and born under a bad Fela moon, the Parisian underground supergroup the Afrorockerz has arrived to rock that new-new funk for 2015.

This band—the brainchild of French guitarist (and acolyte of Afrobeat drum master Tony Allen) Julian Raulet—made major noise last year on the continental European tour circuit, jamming out at tons of clubs and festivals, all in the name of delivering their face-melting global African nu-funk to the masses.

This week (January 13), the Afrorockerz dropped their self-titled debut album on the upstart Parisian label Buda Musique. The album’s sound marries popular Afro-beat, new wave, funk, soul and hip-hop influences with the sturm und drang of jazz-rock fusion for a satisfyingly raucous listening experience.

A sampling of the Afrorockerz’ undeniable dopeness takes the form of their powerful live video performance of “I Go You Go,” featuring the riveting, full-throated vocals of central African singer Emma Lamadji. (The album also features Chicago transplant/Parisian expatriate Allonymous on wavy poetic vibes.)

Pick up the Afrorockerz’ electrifying debut on their website, shout them out on their Facebook page, and be sure to catch this band live when they shake things up stateside, which we hope is much sooner than later.

http://worldbeatinternational.com/reviews-and-articles/worldbeat-album-reviews/2-worldbeat-album-reviews/531-The%20Afrorockerz

Global events remind us the French have a thing for satire. They also have a taste for the experimental and innovative, so much so, they coined the name for it, ‘avant-garde’. The Afrobeat pioneered by Fela Kuti and drummer, Tony Allen in Afro ’70 has been reinvented in many ways; served straight up and reverse-engineered for retro authenticity, blended with Latin grooves for a new world approach or tempered with soul for a softer R&B smokiness. Back in France, a global sextet dubbed The Afrorockerz has opted for ‘Afrobeat au avant-garde’. Dialing up the way back machine a decade from the ’70s to the ’80s, The Afrorockerz update the funk from James Brown to early Prince. And, keeping instep with the 80’s vibe they’ve even managed to cross-breed the essentials with a little new wave wackiness. A meeting between The Afrorockerz’ principals and devout Fela fans, guitarist, Julien Raulet and bassist, Sylvain Daniel was foundational to their sound. As well as Afrobeat aficionados, the pair was inspired by Prince, Talking Heads and Frank Zappa. The opening track to the premier album, ‘I Go U Go’ puts the new vision into motion. Over a deep pocket groove of guitar skank and bombastic analog synth shots, Central African singer, Emma Lamadji blazes soulful verse and chorus chant over farfisa chords. ‘Talking In Rings’ is another favorite, doinking and bleeping with new wave weird science and Blondiesque chorus. Chicago born, Parisian sworn singer/poet Allonymous leads that cycle of surrealism. The throw-back synth sounds are the handiwork of David Monet and set the Afrorockerz well apart from the herd. Drummer, Maxime Zampieri puts the pulse into each composition, with the class and intricacy of the master Tony Allen himself. I Was Blind is another gorgeous slow burn that highlights Emma Lamadiji’s gospelled flights. Neither satirical nor disrespectful, The Afrorockerz unique take on the hallowed Afrobeat is a joyful exploration into future possibilities of the form. Lucky for us, there are no sacred cows in music, nor should there be.

http://www.fipradio.fr/decouvrir/afrorockerz-15065  playlist octobre
The Afrorockerz signe son premier album, aux confluences de l’afrobeat, du rock, du groove et de l’électro. Un mélange de musiques occidentales et africaines, pour une composition pleine d’innovation.
Dans ce premier album éponyme, The Afrorockerz puise dans l’héritage de Fela Kuti pour produire une fusion des musiques occidentales et africaines, entre rock, funk et électro européenne. Leur album propose une musique détonnante, qui déborde d’innovations.

The Afrorockerz, c’est un clash musical entre l’afrobeat de Julien Raulet, et le rock parfumé au jazz et à l’électro de Sylvain Daniel. Tous deux mêlent leurs univers, mixent leurs cultures dans le but de réinventer un nouvel afrobeat.    En songo, la langue de République Centrafricaine, ou en anglais, Emma Lamadji irradie la musique d’une soul puissante, avec la rigueur du jazz et l’intensité lyrique du negro spiritual. A sa voix s’ajoute celle d’Allonymous, nourrie au blues de Chicago. Les deux artistes chantent l’absurdité de la guerre, des enjeux de pouvoir, l’amour et leur engagement.

A cet ensemble se joignent enfin Maxime Zampieri, batteur, qui a la souplesse de l’after-beat et la précision du métronome, et David Monnet, au clavier, expérimenté dans la scène électro et capable d’envolées hypnotiques.

http://worldmusiccentral.org/2015/01/20/breaking-boundaries-with-funk/

The Afrorockerz – The Afrorockerz (Buda Musique, 2015)

One of the hottest bands jumping into the world music scene in France is Paris-based The Afrorockerz. The band mixes irresistible funk with African music elements, soul, virtuosic rock and even electronic music on the final track.

The multinational band features guitarist and band leader Julian Raulet; France-based American vocalist Allonymous; co-vocalist Emma Lamadji from Central Africa; bassist, keyboardist and electronic sounds programmer Sylvain Daniel; keyboardist David Monet; and drummer Maxime Zampieri.
At times, the funk-style synths dominate the pieces. I happen to like synthesizers a lot and enjoyed the blend of retro keyboards with the more modern electronic programming.

The Afrorockerz is an impressive debut album featuring galvanizing funk music with an African flavor.

http://inityweekly.com/afrorockerz-future-global-funk/

The Afrorockerz: The Future of Global Funk
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Imagine Minneapolis in Lagos, at the First Avenue club that was home to Prince’s early 80’s funk years. Now meld that with the Shrine, where Fela Kuti played all night. You guessed it, massive grooves, slithering, spiny funk, and music packed with soul. Dream no more, as The Afrorockerz already have, by adding a sprinkling of New Wave madness and Zappa-style virtuosity into the music. The result is on display with glittering brilliance on their debut self-titled album, to be released on January 13th.

The brainchild of guitarist Julian Raulet – a man lauded by the legendary Tony Allen – and bassist Sylvain Daniel, The Afrorockerz was built around the concept of the groove. What started in the Parisian underground scene, the band has built its reputation and graduated from clubs to festivals, and became one of France’s breakout groups, carrying the crowds with them wherever they play.

It’s music for the urban future, gritty and dirty, but always real and pushing beyond borders. It makes the dance floor seem like a United Nations conference of some sort, a connecting of people through the power of music, the power of funk.

http://insideworldmusic.blogspot.fr/2015/01/cd-review-afrorockerzs-self-titled.html

Paris-based and soon-to-be-world-known, The Afrorockerz, combine the elements of a West African night-club with the action-packed sound of Euro-jazz and American soul for a truly pleasant recording. The funky rhythms are spearheaded by vocalist, Allonymous and Emma Ladji, while Sylvain Daniel is in charge of bass, keyboards, and programming. Though, the brainchild of the album, Julien Jujju Raulet, is a master guitarist, percussionist, and drummer. The group includes the percussion talents of Frederic Jean, Maxime Zampiere, Eric Durand, and keyboard credits from Guillaume Poncelet. Some of the tunes are edgy and urban-esque, but not too dissimilar from typical West and Central African funk and jazz. The group’s eerie keyboard sounds and pervasive beats that change direction without notice are all very attractive elements on the album. There are even a few rock guitar displays. Still, anyone into Afro-funk and jazz will love The Afrorockerz. ~ Matthew Forss

http://exclaim.ca/Music/article/afrorockerz
For the most part, Paris-based group the Afrorockerz satisfyingly mix elements of funk, soul and Afrobeat, and have the vibe down pat. As conceived by guitarist Julian Raulet, the funk-fusion sound is generally on point, but the vocal performances on most of the tracks weigh things down.

There are a lot to things to like on this release — Raulet and accompanying bassist Sylvain Daniel have a strong handle on funk groove (« I Was Blind ») and Afrobeat vibes (« You Need Me ») — but singers Allonymous and Emma Lamadji, however, are still seeking their chemistry; the vibrant Afrobeat rhythms on a song like « Talking in Rings » or « Hearts And Lines » are deflated by vocals that aren’t up to the task. As a debut project, there is definitely room to grow for the Afrorockerz, and no doubt the band fare better in a live environment, but their studio sound isn’t quite there yet. (Buda Musique)

Based in France but international in origin, the members of The Afrorockerz represent what Afrobeat has become in the 21st century—a smooth dance-floor mix comprised of pumping West African guitars, funky rock rhythms and keyboards that sometimes suggest Ray Manzarek when they aren’t calling up early ’70s funk. Most of the lyrics are sung in global pop music’s lingua franca, English.

http://www.parisdjs.com/index.php/post/The-Afrorockerz-The-Afrorockerz

 

A regular Paris DJs collaborator, Julien Raulet is a masterful guitarist/songwriter we had spotted in the French afrobeat band Fanga. He was featured last spring on the A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand compilation of tropical grooves and international afrofunk, with another of his project, a more personal one, Jujjumusic, blending afrobeat with funk and jazz sensibilities. He’s now back with the aptly named Afrorockerz, a band we featured in a few afro mixes in the past, and in the Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland compilation released in october 2013 on Paris DJs… If you’re expecting just another afrobeat/afrofunk record, you’re in for a big surprise, because this new album is exactly not that, but on the contrary a really new thing, half-afro, and half-rock/pop – Afrorockerz indeed! Filled with many hits, it really deserves a better, worldwide recognition. Take for example ‘Time For Me’, with its pop structure and psychedelic synths: heavy shit that sounds like nothing else, with singers Allonymous and Emma Lamadji sharing parts with class, and a catchy, devastating chorus! This band is destined for big stages. They’ll be playing on october 15th at the Centre Musical Fleury Goutte d’Or Barbara in Paris (facebook event), don’t miss the chance to discover them live!

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The Afrorockerz is a project around Julien Raulet, a French guitarist who already earned his spurs as a founding member of the afrobeat-formation Fanga. A first incarnation of the band including Brussels singer with Ivorian roots, Ruth Tafebe and drummer Tony Allen, already recorded the ‘Holy Warriors’ album in 2007, but for this self-titled release The Afrorockerz started from scratch. The vocal portion of ‘The Afrorockerz’ is the work of Chicago-born but Paris-based painter, poet and singer Allen Conway aka Allonymous and singer Emma Lamadji, who, like Julien Raulet, is, a former member of Fanga. Add to this the Sylvain Daniel’s bass, the drum talent of Maxime Zampieri and especially the hypnotic synthesizer-melodies of David Monet (whose task it was to make us forget the lack of a horn section, something he actually succeeds in) and you get The Afrorockerz. The resulting album has a sound that is halfway between afrobeat, electro, funk and rock. Afrobeat 2.0!