Definition of Afrofuturism in English:



mass noun
  • A movement in literature, music, art, etc., featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of black history and culture.

    ‘Afrofuturism has drawn adherents from across the whole spectrum of the arts’
    • ‘"Afrofuturism creates a space in which blackness is equated with futurism, cybernetics and super-science," he explained.’
    • ‘Not only is his music fascinating with its buzz and upbeat hum, sprinkling of Afrofuturism, but his ideas are too.’
    • ‘Kabiru, who is gaining a reputation as one of Africa's leading names associated with Afrofuturism because of his artworks, is barely known in Kenya.’
    • ‘As a subgenre of science fiction, Afrofuturism has never enjoyed the same kind of widespread popularity as steam- or cyberpunk.’
    • ‘He is also widely credited as the father of Afrofuturism.’
    • ‘He describes it as featuring "current bass music culture with a touch of Afrofuturism."’
    • ‘He will be performing at an event this Saturday, March 29, highlighting Afrofuturism in Baltimore.’
    • ‘Examples of Afrofuturism can be found in disparate snatches from literature, popular music, and visual art.’
    • ‘Her debut studio album took that tale further, incorporating conceptual elements of Afrofuturism and science fiction.’
    • ‘Space is the place-indeed, it definitely was in the nascent days of '60s and '70s Afrofuturism.’


1990s: from Afro- + futurism.