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Playlist: The OBGMs pick their most Afropunk tracks

The Toronto punks pick five songs that capture the spirit of Afropunk ahead of this weekend's festival.

Photo by Vanessa Heins

This weekend sees the vibrant Afropunk phenomenon descent on England’s capital, taking over the Printworks from Saturday 22 until Sunday 23 July 2017. Across both days, the festival invites free-spirited artists from a wealth of genres, all brought together under the notion of cultural empowerment.

This year’s London festival is headlined by The Internet and Lianne La Havas, already an indication of the wide musical reach. As well as urban sounds, it also celebrates the occasional dose of punk, not least by Toronto based four-piece The OBGMs.

Gearing up for their debut album release, the noisy upstarts have already shared stages with a variety of artists including Bad Brains, Pusha T, Glassjaw, Thee Oh Sees, and Saul Williams.

Encapsulating part of that Afropunk spirit, we asked The OBGMs to give us five tracks they think do just the same.


The OBGMs – Pill


Ho99o9 – City Rejects


Saul Williams – List Of Demands


SATE – Try


Baby Baby – Here


Want to know more about this year’s Afropunk Festival? Check out our playlist feature showcasing some of the artists playing across the weekend here.

The OBGMs will join the likes of The Internet, Lianne La Havas, Danny Brown and Thundercat this weekend. Last minute tickets for Afropunk are still available through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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