Everyone went bananas when they heard Black Vulcanite was releasing a new album. Because well, we’ve BEEN waiting.
And they did.
Titled “Black Colonialists’, the album is now out on iTunes ready for your purchase.
We were so excited we made this past week Black Vulcanite Week here at NOTED. Check out our Twitter Timeline to see what went down.
We thought it would be nice to find out where it all started and where it is all going. See what they had to say in this short interview.
*answers by OKIN
When did you guys become Black Vulcanite? Why?
We created the group in the early months of 2012 and did it because we didn’t feel like music that was out there represented our ideals and what we wanted to hear was being made. So we decided to create it ourselves. At the time, much like now, a lot of what was being put out was extremely commercial without having any actual message behind the words.
Mark is the Scientist, but also the Skater… The one that sees the bigger picture before he needs to see the individual parts.
Ali is the one that brings the musicality of everything together. He speaks straight from the heart and never alters what he means even if some might not find it cool.
OKIN is the poet, he brings an aspect to the music that binds both the flow and lyrical content of the other two members while adding his own influence & experiences to the mix.
What is your take on Music in Namibia?
Namibian music is still in the growing stages of finding its own identity but at the same time it seems to be accelerating this process pretty fast with the latest release that we’ve seen. There is definitely a sense of many artists finding their individuality and expressing that through their art and I’m pretty excited to see what the future has in store for us.
What would you add and subtract from the Namibian music industry?
I’d definitely like to change the attitude that corporates and events managers have towards artists. Many think that it is fine to underpay or not pay artists at all for the services they render knowing fully well that those services are what packs those events. In short I would like to see artists being appreciated and compensated for the work they keep putting in.
What more do you think needs to happen?
I would like to see not stakeholders coming to the table in terms of artist development and the creation of real opportunities for artists to become better at their arts.
What do you not like most about our music industry?
The fact that so many want to prove that they are better than the next person instead of trying to be better than they were on the last thing they released. I think artists need to take their craft seriously enough to understand that they are actually in competition with themselves and acting the fool isn’t going to get them to the heights/goals they have set for themselves.
What do you appreciate most?
The love and support from fans and other artists, be they Namibian or International. We love the way that music brings people from all different walks of life together.
Black Vulcanite. Where’d the name come from?
Google that fam. It’s a mixture of science fiction lore and black consciousness.
Who would you like people to compare you guys to?
In truth, nobody. I want people to understand that BV stands on its own and as such should be compared against what we have and are yet to create.
Plans for the future for BV?
Total world domination… to take hold of the minds of everyone from the 13 year old kid in a skate-park to the 45 year old CEO in the boardroom & everyone in-between. We want all minds on what BV might do next.
*answers by Mark
What was the inspiration for the album?
We wanted to take all the themes (Afrofuturism, black consciousness, Hip Hop, geek subculture) from Remember the Future and amplify them. Black Colonialists is also meant to speak to the economic, academic and cultural occupation of places that are traditionally seen as “white”, giving Africans the world over a complexity we feel has long been denied to them.
How long did you guys work on it?
We actively worked on the album for about a year and a half.
What do you want people to get from it?
We want people to feel well represented, especially for those that feel they exist on the periphery of normalized society. Maybe more than anything else we want people to be inspired to create uncompromising work that creates opportunities for other creatively marginalized people.
What are your favourite tracks?
Mark – Black Future Super Computer and Waiting for God
Niko – How to rap about Africa
Ali- Smooth as a mutha
Shout out to MaloonTheBoom, Becoming Phill, JFilter, Simiato, Jacques Mushaandja, Fabian Jauch, Romeo Sinkala, Beatslangers, Martin Amushendje, Christopher Ndoroma, NDK, Morgan the Syndicate, The Pharaohs, Stardust, Harry, YoungstaCPT and our friends and families for helping us create this piece of work.
Talk to us about the cover art…
The artwork features a group of afro-futurists walking out of a stargate-like structure to occupy the foreground, metaphorically the migration of black people from the future occupying all strata of human society. It was created by Romeo Sinkala of Kwesu Media, he also created an exclusive a booklet containing concept art leading up to the final artwork.
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