By Kia Moore/Posted at;clclt.com/ – The Charlotte underground Afropunk scene is searching for a signature look and sound while the counterculture bubbles just under the surface, seasoned with just the right amount of artistic edge. Now, two emerging fringe culture leaders have tasked themselves with finding the talent in this Charlotte gumbo that exudes the flavors of punk, hip hop, R&B, soul, folk and street art.
The sounds, look and vibes that flow from an UrbanZue event make up the Charlotte underground scene so many have been looking for.
This taskforce of Charlotte Afropunk hunter-gathers has branded itself UrbanZue. Loude Zue, 23, and Zue Moe, 23, are the founders and leaders of this eclectic Nu Hippie movement. UrbanZue is a social media and event marketing agency that uses social currency to push Charlotte’s underground Afropunk sights and sounds to the forefront of Queen City culture.
Moe describes the collective as “a networking of art.”
Loude sees the collective as makers. “We like to consider ourselves a maker business. We transform what we do base on who we work with, and what they need from us and what we can cross-promote from each other,” she says.
The Zues’ goal is to simply connect fringe artists with local businesses and other artists to help create these cross-promotional marketing moments. The epitome of this cross-promotional marketing moment is the UrbanZue Visual Jungle.
“Now, with the UrbanZue art gallery, it is a culmination of all the work we have been doing. We have been meeting with bloggers, writers, visual artists, musicians and everybody creative. That is why this party — this show that we throw — works. We have been promoting them anyway and we all come together and promote each other and network. It becomes a big giant network party,” says Loude.