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Celebrate Sun Ra’s 100th Anniversary at Afro Punk Festival's "After Dark: The Beautiful Noise" at Brooklyn's Littlefield

by Maria Jean Sullivan   Aug 24, 2014 02:47 AM EDT

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In celebration of Sun Ra’s 100th (earthly) anniversary, Afro Punk Festival presents "Afro Punk After Dark: The Beautiful Noise" at Brooklyn club Littlefield on Saturday, August 23. The tribute will feature The Beautiful Noise including King Britt, Damon Bennett, Anthony Tidd and a few surprise guests.

Sun Ra’s cerebral style of free jazz-infused world music, dubbed “Afrofuturism,” continues to spawn muso-philosophical questions on this place we call the universe.

(The office definition of Afrofuturism, by author Ytasha Womack, states "Afrofuturism is a way of telling alternate stories of reality, through a black cultural lens.")

Sun Ra was a prolific composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher all to the tones of his own brand of cosmic theories. Space was his place, indeed.

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