BAND OF THE DAY: Pink Oculus
PLACE OF DISCOVERY: AFROPUNK Mixtape #027 on Soundcloud
WAXY-PROCLAIMED GENRE: Smart dizzying music that makes me feel independent – OK that’s technically not a genre but you get the jist.
ALBUM LISTENED TO: Lots of Sweat, Overdrive and Soundcloud recordings
FAV SONG SO FAR: This entire acoustic set. Especially the first song. It’s lyrics really hit the soul of cultural appropriation dead in the eye. Hell yes.
THOUGHTS/FEELINGS: Her voice is just magical and has the ability to make you forget the time and place your surrounded by. While my attention span is nearly zero, this music makes me sit still and focus on the beautiful quality of her smooth vocals, powerful lyrics and bursting strength. I was particularly intrigued by the history behind the name, Pink Oculus – found on her website.
“Pink Oculus was an African magician that lived around the 1400’s in Mali. She’s best known for her “exploding elephant foot” magic trick. This particular trick caused her to be the head of entertainment in the royal palace during King Mansa Musa’s glorious reighn. Her famed trick influenced David Copperfield hundreds of years later to develop his “statue of liberty” dissapearing act. This isn’t a well known fact, but we’ve come upon this information through Pink’s distant relative streetfighter and martial artist Kimbo Slice.Legend has it that Pink Oculus once made a journey through the Egyptian dessert with just a pouch of gold dust, 8 pairs of phoenix wings and a drink of water. This journey lasted 13 days and 13 nights and when she had found her way back to her homeland all her hair had gone from black to bright pink. This is how she got the name Pink Oculus. What happened on this journey no one knows, but we can assume it was quite Epic.”
CONSENSUS?: YES.Yes to it all. Yes to her ability to transcend genres, yes to her multi-faceted talent, yes to much more from Pink Oculus.
DON’T LEAVE THIS POST WITHOUT LISTENING TO THIS COVER OF ROUND MIDNIGHT, you won’t be sorry. Listen to more Pink Oculus on her Soundcloud and on Spotify.