We had the good fortune of connecting with Flora Lucini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Flora, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My band MAAFA is my brain child and essentially was inspired by wanting to create the things I wish existed. I’m primarily a professional session and gigging bassist, born into a family of professional Jazz musicians which has afforded me the opportunity of belonging to several creative/artistic villages and tribes throughout my life. These experiences have influenced my styles and musical tastes and being a musician myself has helped train my ear to sometimes hear things in traditionally punk/hardcore music, for instance, that my not be common to others. A common theme in my life is being someone who bridges gaps between different communities, ideas and artistic outlets. That is one of my greatest super powers. For many years listening to hardcore and playing hardcore/punk bands I would always hear and envision what a percussion section or strings could do to highlight the rhythms and melodies those bands were trying to portray. after many years of being a bassist for other musicians and helping support/progress their careers, I chose to start my own band and take center stage as both a vocalist and composer. To create a project that bridges the gaps between music/instruments and rhythms of the African diaspora and Hardcore-Punk both culturally, professionally and stylistically. My thought process essentially was to create the sounds I have always heard and discover new ways to marry them with each other, while making sure the messages of the songs align with my emotions and the way I see the world.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been a professional Bassist, songwriter and vocalist since childhood and am a Berklee college of music Alumna where I studied Music business and Africana Studies. Currently my band MAAFA is working on releasing our first full length album and my other band The 1865 is also working on new music. I am excited about the future for my bands and for possibly starting another solo project more in the singer/songwriter/Indie-folk vibe.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Pre-covid I would have taken them to MAX FISH in LES where both my bands The 1865 and Maafa and our friends in Rebelmatic held a monthly artist residency for 2 years prior to the pandemic. All 3 bands are all Black and range from Punk/Funk, Blues- Punk and Hardcore. This spot was epicenter of what I call the Black Punk Renaissance that my “Triiiiiiiibe and I are helping move forward. Since shutting their doors due to the pandemic we waited until it was safe to do so and in the fall of 2019 Rebelmatic began hosting weekly “Pop-Up” punk shows outdoors in Brooklyn. Those shows are coming back again this year and I would definitely bring anyone visiting the city to catch one of those shows.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to my incredible parents, Shout out to God, Tho! To my little sister queen Maya aka Sinnia Brown! Her music inspires me and her friendship is one of the greatest pillars in my life. Shout out to my “TRIIIIIIIIIBE!” in NYC, Rebelmatic, Harmency, Universe Ignore Her, Trophy Hunt, The Muslims, Winter Wolf. Shout out to my other band The 1865, My whole heart: Claire LeDoyen and their love, Shannon Freed my childhood bestie & Anthony Solis my bes fren/Maafa Guitarist.
Instagram: @Afro_Morena, @MaafaHardcore, @The1865Band