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


1990s: from Afro- + futurism.