The AFROPUNK Festival is a musical institution, defining culture in the music world for over 14 years, a triumph of multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. NEW YORK, ATLANTA, LONDON and PARIS are all home to global AFROPUNK events, and now we can add JOHANNESBURG, South Africa to that list of global capitals. The first batch of performers who’ll take part in the inaugural festival, which will take place on December 30-31 2017, were announced by Sal Masekela at the Constitution Hill’s Women’s Jail on Thursday the 11th of May.
Solange Knowles will be among the artists that will be performing at the Festival. Solange is loved and admired by many. It is clear that she will give nothing less than FLAMES at the festival in December.
The festival co-creator, Matthew Morgan says ‘Thoughtful curation sees house, kwaito, punk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, roots, pop and other genres all a part of the AFROPUNK Johannesburg celebration that will culminate in an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party in this awesome African city. We are excited about collaborating with South African artists, audiences and service providers in a similar way as we do in America and in Europe, as we establish AFROPUNK in Africa’
Since the festival first launched in Brooklyn, New York 14 years ago, AFROPUNK has been defining culture in the music world; a triumph of multiculturalism, diversity and championing all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. Each year, AFROPUNK unites over 90,000 people across their festivals, and another 40,000 at their other events. Over 160 bands and DJ’s have become part of the AFROPUNK family. Artists who have performed at past AFROPUNK festivals include Grace Jones, D’Angelo, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube, Janelle Monae, Chuck D, Bad Brains, George Clinton, TV on the Radio, Flying Lotus, Kaytranada, Lianne La Havas, Death Grips, and many others.
Some of the artists that will performing at AFROPUNK Joburg are Laura Mvula, King Tha vs. Blk Jks, Theo Parrish, The Brother Moves On, Spoek Mathambo, Black Motion, Gods Sons & Daughters, Manthe Ribane & OKZharp, DJ Lag, Urban Village, Nakhane Toure, Nonku Phiri and TCIYF.
More artists will be announced for the AFROPUNK Joburg lineup in the build-up to the December event. In the meantime, you can start purchasing your tickets HERE
WE THE PEOPLE:
We, the people built this land. Our flesh and blood is present in its buildings, its roads and its bridges. Our souls are its spiritual cornerstone. Our culture is its foundation. Our being nourishes this land – as our ancestors’ beings nourished it before us – yet the land has not always reimbursed us.
We, the people recognize the bullshit of the powerful. The injustices they committed in the past have never disappeared from view. The inequalities they perpetrate are there for all but the blind. The inadequacies they’ve paid forward to a future age are appearing over the horizon.
We, the people have a code:
So if you are a Solange fan but you are not based is South Africa, you have enough time to get yourself ready to attend the festival. We are in May, New Year’s Eve is still far away. We welcome The AFROPUNK Festival to the African continent.