Raphael Saadiq Headlines Afropunk in First Major US Show in 5+ Years

Grammy-Winning Artist & Producer Announced As Afropunk Brooklyn Headliner, First Major U.S. Performance In 5 Years
By BP Staff ,

Raphael Saadiq will return to the stage this summer as the headliner at Afropunk Festival on Sunday, August 27, taking place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. The show will be his first major US performance in over 5 years. Saadiq notes, “Looking forward to playing at Afropunk. I've never played in Brooklyn, It's the most diverse crowd with the biggest spirit. I can't wait to take the stage, Hands up, Voices Loud.” Watch the teaser video for his appearance here, featuring his hit single “Still Ray” from his album Instant Vintage and directed by Evita Castine: https://www.facebook.com/raphaelsaadiq/videos/10154733957066819

The festival appearance follows high profile projects over the last year from the constantly busy Grammy Award-winning musician and producer. Saadiq executive produced Solange’s critically lauded album A Seat at the Table (hear Grammy-winning track “Cranes In The Sky”). He also appears on Rick Ross’ recent single “Apple of My Eye,” which he co-wrote. Saadiq is the composer for HBO’s hit series Insecure and WGN’s Underground, and appeared on the premiere episode of Netflix’s Luke Cage as a performer at Cottonmouth’s club, Harlem’s Paradise. Read more about his recent work via Billboard.

Raphael Saadiq has released critically acclaimed solo albums including his five-time Grammy-nominated debut album Instant Vintage and Ray Ray. For the last two decades Saadiq has also worked behind the scenes as a celebrated producer and song writer for major artists including D’Angelo (Grammy-winner for “How Does It Feel”), John Legend, Miguel, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, The Isley Brothers, TLC, Whitney Houston, the Bee Gees, Joss Stone, and the list goes on. His first foray into the international music scene came as a teenager when he performed as part of Sheila E.’s backing band and toured with Prince. He was also a founding member of the multiplatinum-selling group Tony! Toni! Toné!

Look for much more from Raphael Saadiq over the next few months.

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