"Music Is Power And Medicine" - Robert Glasper on His Upcoming Afropunk Debut
This weekend, Robert Glasper will make his Afropunk debut at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater. He’ll also serve as music director for the two-day program, leading an all-star cast of musicians that includes Bilal, Toshi Reagon, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe, Staceyann Chin and Igmar Thomas’ Revive Big Band backing the production. Recently, he sat with OKP alum, Karas Lamb, to discuss the performance and delve into the powerful sentiment behind Afropunk’s Unapologetically Black: The African-American Songbook Remixed for the homies at REVIVE.
Glasper professes his excitement over the performances, sparing most details for the sake of spontaneity, but does not skimp on the feels, noting the transition from his Grammy-winning score for Don Cheadles’ Miles Ahead:
“I just spent the last three years of my life working on projects related to the Miles Davis film Miles Ahead. We just won a GRAMMY for the film score. Miles Davis is one of the most – when I think of unapologetically black, he is up there in my top five of people that really did not give a fuck about outside opinions and truly stood for something. He wore his blackness on his sleeve and didn’t conform to anything. I took that from my experience working on the Miles project, so coming off of that into this was a perfect transition. “
That score and his Miles Davis recalibration record, Everything’s Beautiful are out now on iTunes. Hit the link below for the full script.