Seminal article from 1992. Funny how the mind plays tricks, but I was talking about this recently with someone and though I recalled the impression it had on me remembered it as being written by Kowdo Eshun, who himself wrote for The Wire, and would write a book around the subject a few years after the piece was published. But on digging out the article itself I found that it was in fact written by Mark Sinker who probably doesn't get the credit he deserves. Anyway...for your enjoyment, and possible eye strain, here it is - and note how the phrase Afro-Futurism doesn't even appear.
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Sun Ra Arkestra - whose first set at Cafe Oto, Dalston, June 9th was swinging and sublime. Cheers to photographer Gerald Jenkins for inviting me along. He has been photographing the Arkestra on their visits to London for some time now for a forthcoming book. You can see his photographs (much better than mine above I can assure you) and his other work at his website. Some of his pictures possess a strange sense of mystery. Check them out here.