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