Exciting Afropunk event now includes Johannesburg


The Afropunk Festival is a musical institution, defining culture in the music world for more than 14 years; a triumph of multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes.

New York and Paris are just some of the cities to host the global Afropunk events, and now Johannesburg has been added to the list.

The performers who’ll take part in the inaugural festival, which will take place on December 30 and 31 at Constitution Hill, are Solange, 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, with more performers set to be announced.

Festival co-creator Matthew Morgan said, “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.”

The move to Johannesburg is a natural fit in line with Afropunk’s desire to create bonds between those with a shared mindset.

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Each year, the festival unites more than 90 000 people across their festivals and another 40 000 at their other events.

“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,” said Morgan.

This year’s Afropunk theme is We The People, and it is reflected in the musical line-up as well as the food and art.

In the same way that Johannesburg was a natural fit for Afropunk, so is Constitution Hill. The Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct is a deeply symbolic and significant site.

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Staff Reporter

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