“Mr. Style Police, why you meddling with my biz, Try to pigeonhole my style and get me on my knees,
Your musical apartheid I ain’t gonna bow to, Listen up Mr. Sabi-All, my name na Bantu!”
Bantu kicks off 2015 with a brand new single titled “Afropunk”. The percussion heavy fast paced tune features a rich and highly defined sound and style without deviating from the musical curiosity and playfulness that has always been Bantu’s trademark.
Never being one to follow trends, the 13-piece ensemble has been diligently working on a sonic representation of their musical vision, spending countless hours composing, writing, arranging and fine-tuning their musical ideas with a determination to come out with something confident, defiant and uplifting. Afropunk is a testimony to the new directional sound of their upcoming 5th studio album, which is due to be released in August 2015.
The song was recorded live at Tasman Studios in Mushin, Lagos and produced & mixed at Rigmaroll Studios Lagos by Aman Junaid a sound engineer with a track record of production credits for artists such as TLC, George Clinton, Outkast & many more. The legendary Tony Dawsey was contracted at Phantom Studios New York to master the single, resulting in a powerful anthem that has been tried and tested live at the band’s monthly Afropolitan Vibes show.