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We Got The Beat: The NOISEttes


We Got The Beat: The NOISEttes

We Got The Beat: The NOISEttes

My latest iTunes download was the 2007 album What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? by The NOISEttes. Fronted by the astonishingly fashionable Shingai Shoniwa, The NOISEttes have a sound that’s an amalgamation of punk, soul, blues, and good ol’ rock and roll. Their music is dark, heavy, sexy sexy sexy and I just had to have it!

Shingai Shoniwa sings like a songbird raised by Billie Holiday and Siouxsie Sioux and godmothered by Beth Gibbons of Portishead. She patrols the stage like a Runaway (Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, Sandy West) and the way she rips on the bass would make Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart proud.

They’ve been likened to the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and the White Stripes but the dynamic collaboration of guitarist Dan Smith and drummer Jamie Morrison, who complete the trio, has the Noisettes in a category that teeters on Afro-Punk and indie-rock at it’s finest.

But let’s get back to Shingai’s eye for fashion. This girl is hot. The fiery frontwoman flaunts feather-and-war-paint stage attire mixed with elements of the London punk scene, all while pulling from her Zimbabwan roots, where tribes express themselves in the way they dress.

Music, outfits, and big earrings—all the makings of a fashion icon.

Check the shots of Shingai’s style below:

The Noisettes

The Noisettes

More on Shingai Shoniwa, The Noisettes and the Afro-Punk movement after the jump!

Don’t Give Up by The Noisettes on What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?
Don’t Give Up

Wild Young Hearts (on the upcoming album of the same name)
Wild Young Hearts

Now, take a look into the American Afro-Punk movement the Noisettes embrace below:

Below are some shots of some stateside ladies of Afro-Punk:

Afro-Punk

Afro-Punk

Top: Eclectic style at the 2008 Afro-Punk Festival, Middle: Suffrajett’s lead singer Simi, Bottom: Ebony Bones thinks that Afro-Punk is “something that everyone can embrace”

See more Afro-Punk style in the MTV.com photo essay Afro-Punk: Five Years Of Rebellion, featuring contributing photographers Bashira Webb, Richard Louissaint and Ed Marshall.

Explore the bands that contributed to the Afro-Punk movement by visiting AfroPunk.com and download Scratch Your Name from the Noisettes’ 2007 album What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? by clicking on the image below:

The Noisettes

The Noisettes

Want more Noisettes?! You got it! Check out their recent write-up by the MTV Newsroom and see what they have in store for us in 2009!

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3 Responses to “We Got The Beat: The NOISEttes”

  1. Daniela says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the MTV related content (video, photo essay, Noisettes interview) and crediting the photographers. I produced the story last year for MTV and working on it was one of the best experiences of my life. It took several months to put together and I’m glad that people seem to be enjoying it.

    You can see more great photography on bashirawebb.com from the same series.

  2. ladylexx Lexx says:

    Thanks so much for checking out our write-up, Daniela! Your work was definitely worth mentioning. Great piece!

    Your site is great! Love the South Bronx shots!

  3. Gee Gee says:

    I agree Daniela, thanks for compiling this great piece for MTV that MISS was able to report on. Also loving the South Bronx photos on your site!

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