If we get distracted during this post by how excited we are for Afropunk, you’ll have to forgive us. Thing is, we’ve been waiting for this brilliant festival to hit our sunny shores for a while and we’re kinda loosing it. Especially as Solange and Anderson. Paak will be headlining, and we’re getting ready for two perfect Joburg days (for only R900 a weekend pass?!) in December. If you still need a little convincing, here’s all you need to know about Afropunk…
1. It’s Afropunk
The arts and culture festival started in Brooklyn in 2005. It was originally a space for black punks to connect with one another, in the context of a predominantly white punk scene. “The Afropunk Festival was born of necessity, a reprieve from racism in punk spaces and a chance for black punks to build community with one another. Today, the festival is less strictly punk and more soul,” writes Hannah Giorgis for the New Yorker. Afropunk has grown into a space for celebrating black musical subcultures and their importance, particularly in an America dominated by whiteness.
Afropunk has gone global with festivals in Paris in Longon, and it’s also become known as having the best street style, with attendees dressing in their own unique (and v. beautiful) ways.
2. There’s a lot to look forward to
Focal features of the Joburg festival will include: music, food and drink, fashion stalls, art activations and a market for locally made items from the best craftsmen around SA. It will include jewellery and accessories, natural beauty products, decor, art and more. This is also where local designers, Vintage Zionist, will have their Afropunk range on display.
As the festival is clearly about showcasing the best upcoming talent, there is also a Battle of the Bands competition, where the winner will perform on the AP stage and win R15 000. In the weeks leading up to the festival, the competition rounds will take place.
3. The lineup is going to be amazing
The incredibly talented Anderson. Paak and Solange (!) will each perform on Saturday and Sunday respectfully. They’ll be supported by the local acts already confirmed such as newly-wed Petite Noir, Laura Mvula, The Brother Moves On, Manthe Ribane, Nonku Phiri, Just Themba and DJ Doowop, and more! (Click here for full lineup.)
AP has held successful events in Paris, London, Brooklyn and Atlanta, with acts such as Lauryn Hill, Questlove, SZA, Kellis and so much more, we’re ready for Joburg to be added to the list. It’ll ensure that we get Joburg’s party culture even more on the global map, and we’re so ready.
“AFROPUNK is about redefining the “code” and perusing the unconventional. Celebrating and inspiring people to go beyond the norm, to be curious of themselves and the world, and in doing so, defying categorization.”