We’re Back: New Issue Coming Winter 2016

Dear TRIBES Magazine community, our hiatus is over and we’re back with a new issue coming Winter 2016 guaranteed to be the best yet! After that, you can enjoy fresh, new issues four times a year available in print on Amazon or digital format on magcloud!

TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012 cover

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Created in 2004, TRIBES Magazine is one of the leading urban arts and entertainment publications online today. Best known for showcasing indy artists making noise in their communities, every issue of TRIBES throbs with the beat of music, politics, visual art and photography, and bursts with writing, articles, poetry and personal narratives and authored by a winning team of entertainment journalists, artists, and social critics.

Named “Best Online Zine” by Black Web Awards in 2009 and “Poetry Magazine of the Year” by the National Poetry Awards in 2010, TRIBES has featured entertainment icons like Tyler Perry, Damian Marley and KRS One, and so many more. Still, the heart of TRIBES Magazine is always with the self-sustaining arts and ever-committed to showcasing the countless independent artists across the globe as they pioneer in entertainment.

TRIBES is seeking visual artists, poets, writers, musicians, photographers and more interested in showcasing their talents. Email us at whatsup@tribesmagazine.com.


TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012: SPARK AFRICA Issue. View online now!

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In the spirit of ushering in a new summer and preparing to bring this latest TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012: Spark Africa issue to press, the crew at TRIBES Central took a field trip to the Carolina Theatre for a highly anticipated, limited screening of Marley, the new documentary film from Kevin MacDonald chronicling the complete life and works of the international superstar. Immersing his art in the political and socioeconomic realities of life in post-colonial Jamaica and committed to reclaiming a cultural homeland and spiritual roots for all members of the Africa diaspora, Bob Marley was beloved by his fans and peers for his commitment to the work of truth and reconciliation in his music and the love for humanity that permeated his life and work.

In this issue of TRIBES Magazine, join us as we head to Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leon, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, and S. Africa by way of Germany and the United States, to meet musician and activist Nneka– raising awareness around big oil business, natural resource exploitation, and state corruption in her hometown of Warri- Hip Hop Activist, promoter, and journalist, Buddha Blaze– co-founder of Spark Africa and various efforts to generate and unify Hip Hop communities across the African continent- Sister Fa– Female MC and subject of the new documentary film, Sarabah, on her mission to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) practices in her Senegalese homeland- and MAMA AFRICA, Miriam Makeba, and her peace and humanitarian work during and after the fall of apartheid in her native South Africa.

These individuals, and the other artists and activists to grace the pages of this Spark Africa edition, teach us that through intensely personal, substantively relevant expressions of art and culture, we become infinitely connected and limitless beings with voices amplified for the work of improving our world. Celebrate inspired community and the arts with our favorite summer concerts and festivals, write your Spark Africa summer playlist after a visit to our Music TRIBES and find inspiration for new forms of expression in Pierce Freelon’s latest project, Tar Heel Tracks, and Renaldo Davidson’s collaborative, mixed-media work, Black Clown.

In this summer of 2012, love, and as a means for revolution, reigns supreme and thus, we welcome you to the TRIBES Magazine 2012: SPARK AFRICA Issue. May yourheart’s light illuminate the darkness!  

Alana Jones, TRIBES Executive Editor


Photography by Becky Yee

The Catalpa Festival, held  July 28th/29th weekend in Randalls Island NYC, featured over 40 performers from many musical genres including Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Reggae and Indie. Photographer, Becky Yee captured the event’s headliner, music legend Snoop DoggVisit BeckyYee.com to check out more of her work.

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KIN4LIFE “It’s Over Now” World Premiere

A new day is upon us and hip hop’s answer to the question “what happened to the female rap game” is here. Blessed with the lyrical prowess to compete with the hottest emcees in the business, singing every R&B hook on their album and being touted as the female version of The Neptunes, the female Hip Hop duo KIN4LIFE is a force. Together as a group for ten years and friends for over fifteen, IQ and Nor have solidified their family ties and KIN4LIFE has never had a truer meaning. Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, NY, a town known for its contribution to hip hop in the late 80s and early 90s, KIN4LIFE is determined to bring hip hop glory back to their hometown and respect back to their genre. Learn more now at reverbnation.com/kin4life.



Great Googa Mooga Brooklyn Music Festival 2012. Photo by Becky Yee.

  1. Roots PicnicPhiladelphia, PA – June 2-3
  2. Blue Note Jazz Festival, Brooklyn, NY – June 10-30
  3. Fly Poet Summer Classic, Hollywood, California – July 7
  4. Wireless Festival, London, UK- July 6-8
  5. Underground Music Showcase, Denver, Co – July 19
  6. Ottawa Bluesfest, Ontario, CAN- July 4-15
  7. Slightly Stupid Tour, Raleigh, NC – July 25
  8. V Festival, Chelmsford, London, UK – August 19
  9. Made in American Music Festival, Philadelphia, PA – September 1
  10. A3C Hip Hop Festival Atlanta, GA- October 11-13 – (TRIBES Magazine is an official sponsor!)

GET TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012 SPARK AFRICA issue in print or digital now.


Dialo Askia, TRIBES Contributing Writer

ROOTS IN RAP by Dialo Askia 

Hip Hop started out in the park but if you trace the roots of the Hip Hop tree further, you’ll find yourself traveling back through the Caribbean and across the Atlantic to the Motherland, with your ear to the ground, feeling the vibration of the African drum. The early years of Hip Hop held a strong connection to African roots and the music instilled pride in the community while educating listeners.

Greek, Italian, Polish …my senior year in high school, English class included monthly cultural lessons with visiting college professors that would lead us in study and discussion of various cultures. For the sake of authenticity, professors born of the given culture conducted the lessons and so, on the day of the African studies, I enthusiastically walked to the auditorium ready to be instructed by an academic with roots on African continent, a person of color, only to be greeted by a white professor.

Read the full article in TRIBES Summer 2012 SPARK AFRICA issue.

TRIBES Magazine to Sponsor 2012 A3C Hip Hop Festival

TRIBES Magazine is an official media sponsor for the 2012 A3C Hip Hop Festival, the largest Hip Hop festival in the Southeast – to be held in Atlanta, GA, October 11-13, 2012. Now in its 8th year, the A3C Hip Hop Festival is a 2-day, 3-night event held annually in Atlanta, GA. Not only has the event become the largest Hip Hop festival in the southeastern United States, drawing over 15,000 people in 2011, but it is the premier gathering place for MCs, DJs and producers that create Hip Hop music as well as participants and fans of the culture.

A3C is dedicated to providing quality Hip Hop to fans in Atlanta, the Southeast and beyond. What began in 2005 as a small showcase for independent artists around the country has now evolved into a national platform for established and independent Hip Hop artists alike to perform, network, learn and build.

Over half of the festival attendees come from outside of Georgia including abroad and from all sectors of the music industry. A3C is an all ages, family-friendly event and a well-rounded showcase of Hip Hop music and culture. LEARN MORE NOW. TRIBES Magazine will be at the festival blogging here daily in order to report on festival news and artists. Watch for more details to come! Visit http://www.a3cfestival.com