The concept of Afrofuturism was first brought to life by cultural critic Mark Dery in an essay called Black to the Future.
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Afrofuturism draws together elements of astral jazz, African-American sci-fi and psychedelic hip-hop into an all-encompassing philosophy, imagining alternative visions of tomorrow.
A quick introduction to the concept of Afrofuturism
Now let us dive into the evolution of this extraordinary movement
AFROFUTURISM IN THE 20TH CENTURY
When talking about Afrofuturism we can certainly find its elements in the music of artists that use this movement to express their views, feelings and desires.
He would reflect his linkage of ancient African culture, specifically Egypt, and the cutting edge of the Space Age through using Afrocentric and space-themed titles within his works.
In his movie Space is the Place, Sun Ra shows elements of pure Afrofuturism
GEORGE CLINTON and parliament funkadelic
Probably one of the most noticeable afrofuturistic albums from George Clinton was Mothership Connection
In an interview he was describing this album and George Clinton said "We had put black people in situations nobody ever thought they would be in, like the White House. I figured another place you wouldn't think black people would be was in outer space. I was a big fan of Star Trek, so we did a thing with a pimp sitting in a spaceship shaped like a Cadillac, and we did all these James Brown-type grooves, but with street talk and ghetto slang."
afrofuturism in THE 21ST CENTURY
The majority of her music is influenced by her beliefs of the Nation of Gods and Earths and her exploration of her African heritage.
She is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and model
She has similarities to Sun Ra and George Clinton.
Monáe has stated that she has an alter-ego named Cindi Mayweather who according to Monáe is from the year 2719, this places her in the afrofuturism movement.