Created by Chicago artist, Khari B a/k/a Discopoet with sounds provided by DJ Bill Will and Craig Alexander, The Debauchery Ball, Winter Babies Revenge is an AfroFuturistic, fetish-themed summer party held in July. This year’s theme was “Painted, Dark and Divine”. The ball encourages patrons to delve deeply into themselves and pull out that fearless, sensual, uninhibited divine being that resides within and adorn accordingly. In Khari’s own words, this production is part of a continued mission to inspire, educate and empower audiences as to their own greatness while adding to the spectrum of how the art can be expressed over multiple mediums for a more lasting experience. The entire event is a tasteful, erotically themed event where music, movement, art and spirituality are synergized for a most memorable event.
Patrons, inspired by African, Caribbean, South American Deities expressed themselves in the most unique of ways, some with the least amount of clothing, in fact they encouragedto be as creative as possible and use plenty of body paint! Out of respect for the partygoers there are no videos and few pictures of this event but I can tell you that it was an incredible display of black excellence. Goddesses such as Oshuns, Yemaya’s, Obba, Yemoja, and Oya were beautifully adorned next to Gods Ogun, Ori, Osanyin & Esu. Others just channeled the richness that is our heritage. A room full of partygoers completely drenched in our culture was such a beautiful sight. The music matched the vibe of the entire evening; rooted in African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, laced with soul and funk. The atmosphere was hot with sweaty bodies covered in body paint, glitter and other cultural adornments.
While everyone was beautifully dressed, they came to dance and danced they did. This is a party for those who love to dance and express themselves freely. There are no dance floor restrictions, no rules…this is a party where the music controls your body and you move accordingly. It was my first summer debauchery ball but it will not be my last. I attempted to channel my inner Oshun but quickly realized I way too reserved in my dress. I took good notes, and will be ready next year! I’ll definitely have to step my game up! In the meantime, I'm already planning my look for the Winter Debauchery Ball held in December!!!
A perfect evening full of culture, history, house music and beautiful people!
Until next time,
See you on a dance floor!
*For more information on the Debauchery Ball, check out https://www.facebook.com/DebaucheryBall/ **