There was a lively evening at the Brixton Windmill on Saturday as an Afropunk event celebrated International Women’s Day with three female-led bands playing live.
Afropunk is described as an “influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more.
With its roots in the the American punk scene of the early 2000s, Afropunk provides a ‘platform for the alternative and experimental’, and stays close to the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity.
First on stage was Madame So, a lo-fi indie pop band fronted by London-based French born singer-songwriter, Madame So. Drawing comparisons to Hole, Patti Smith and Tracy Chapman, their set was tight and sharp.
The Windmill is easily one of Brixton’s finest live venues and always has interesting bands on.
Next on stage was one of BrixtonBuzz’s fave bands, The Nuns, an all-female tribute band to the genius of The Monks, an avant-garde garage rock band formed by American GIs based in Germany in the mid-to-late 1960s.
Playing only songs by The Monks, the band knocked out a fun set of sparkling garage rock.
Immediately grabbing our attention with their striking body-paint and hard rock riffs were Vodun, who performed an energetic – and very loud – set.
Reminiscent of Led Zeppelin meets The Gossip, we loved the energy of the band, and the singer’s voice was both powerful and well controlled.