Astralblak

Until recently, the Twin Cities collective now known as Astralblak fused together funk, soul, and hip-hop in fresh ways—under a different name. Initially performing as Zuluzuluu, inspired by the Zulu tribe of South Africa, they won City Pages’ Picked to Click, an annual poll of best new Twin Cities musical acts, in 2016. They toured last summer with local rap royalty Atmosphere, and were chosen by Minneapolis music legends Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to perform at this year’s Super Bowl Live.

So why change their identity with so much going right? “The name change really came out of us wanting to be respectful to the Zulu culture and Zulu tribe,” says vocalist and multi-instrumentalist MMYYKK. “We’re not directly connected to the Zulu tribe, so we wanted to have a name that was more encompassing in its narrative of blackness. Astralblak comes from an idea of the universal black experience, so it leaves room for other narratives.”

The group—which consists of MMYYKK, Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, [and] Art Parte, each of whom is a producer and multi-instrumentalist—has roots that run back to childhood friendships. Through a mixtape, called The Cover Up, and a full-length album, What’s the Price?, Zuluzuluu articulated a powerful message mixing ruminations on the African-American experience with dreamy, philosophical visions.

— Jeff Gage, Minnesota Monthly (April 2018)

Past Shows


Mar
4
th
2020
The Fitzgerald Theater
Mar
4
th
2020
The Fitzgerald Theater

Kamasi Washington

with Astralblak
Mar
1
st
2019
Fine Line
Mar
1
st
2019
Fine Line

Astralblak

with Lady Midnight, Nazeem & Spencer Joles and Sarah White
May
27
th
2018
Mainroom
May
27
th
2018
Mainroom

Bun B

with DJ K-SALAAM, Astralblak, MInk and more!
Jul
28
th
2017
Turf Club
Jul
28
th
2017
Turf Club

ANDRÉ CYMONE

with Astralblak
Mar
17
th
2017
Mainroom
Mar
17
th
2017
Mainroom

P.O.S

with Astralblak and Invisible Boy
Jan
28
th
2017
Mainroom
Dec
31
st
2016
7th St Entry
Dec
31
st
2016
7th St Entry

Astralblak

with Metasota, Destiny Roberts and DJ Sophia Eris
Nov
10
th
2016
7th St Entry
Jan
17
th
2015
Mainroom
Jan
17
th
2015
Mainroom

FIRST AVENUE’S BEST NEW BANDS OF 2014

with Hippo Campus, PaviElle, Sam Cassidy and more!

More Shows

Jul
18
th
Turf Club
Jun
14
th
Turf Club

BAG MEN featuring Steve Gorman, Luther Dickinson, and Nick Govrik

Aug
14
th
7th St Entry

The Palms

with future.exboyfriend
May
19
th
Turf Club

Blueprint

with DJ Detox