Tune in to Easy Sonic Living tonight, Tuesday, May 24, at 11 PM on CKUT 90.3 FM or online at to hear sounds, writings and reflections on Afrofuturism:

“The discourse of science, of space, of mysticism, of nationhood, of spirituality, meets at a strange intersection where the passivity of New Age, the aggressiveness of science fiction, the coolness of mathematics, the oppositionality of mysticism, and echoes of the mythos of the Nation of Islam all come together. Some might call this black science fiction, focusing on the interplay of the themes of of freedom, apocalypse, and survival; or maybe “Afrofuturism,” where the material culture of Afro-American folk religions are used as sacred technologies to control spiritual realities.”

”Higher and higher and higher!
We’ll pass on to the Second Heaven
The starry big Heaven, and view the flying stars
and dashing meteors
And then pass on by Mars and Mercury, Jupiter and Venus
And Saturn and Uranus, and Neptune with her four glittering
– “White Flyer to Heaven,” a 1927 commercially recorded sermon by Reverend A.W. Nix a Baptist preacher from Birmingham, turning the familiar gospel train motif into a journey by spaceship through a finely etched solar system

Space is perfect (one, same, complete, throughout, etc.)
Space is everywhere (omnipresent)
Space is nucleus around which all “matter” gathers
All things come from “nothing” (space)
– album notes for Golden Days by jazz vocalist King Pleasure in which he explains a new philosophy “Planetism”

“The main thing is I’m here because I did something wrong on my planet. I’m not really from this planet. I did something wrong on my planet and they sent me here to pay my dues. I figure pretty soon my dues will be paid, and they’re going to call me home so I can rest in peace.” – Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin in an interview with drummer Art Taylor

All quotes on this page are taken from the book, Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra by John F. Szwed. The painting of children is by artist Hebru Brantley. See related links here


~ by easysonicliving on May 24, 2011.

One Response to “AFROFUTURISM”

  1. […] the roots of some of this might go far back — there are interesting passages quoted in this short post on Afrofuturism, dating back before the rise of SF in American popular culture — I’m starting to wonder […]

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