AFROPUNK Joburg is back for a second year to Constitution Hill on 30 and 31 December 2018. Come to AFROPUNK Joburg to feel the music, free your mind, and join the movement, whilst enjoying another incredible lineup of iconic artists and emerging talents at what is sure to be the party of the year. The performers will include Los Angeles’ future R&B superstars The Internet and Thundercat, experimental electronic music from Flying Lotus (debuting for the first time his 3D show on the African continent), and superb dance grooves from producer Kaytranada. Thandiswa will serve her hometown crowd with the revolutionary fusion of modern and traditional African sounds that has made her an enduring star since the 90’s. Hip-Hop rebellion will be served by the legendary Public Enemy, Mozambique’s Azagaia and Cape Town’s YoungstaCPT and Dope Saint Jude. Gqom will set AFROPUNK’s dance floor on fire when Johannesburg’s FAKA and Port Elizabeth hitmaker Moonchild Sanelly take to the stage. New Orleans bounce is represented by the one and only Big Freedia, whom you may know from Drake and Beyonce hits; and there will also be whimsical African superhero intonations from Nomisupasta, as well as ancestral, percussive passion by Soweto’s BCUC. More acts will be announced soon.
This year’s theme is THE PEOPLE RESIST, a call to action against racism, patriarchy and any form of hate. AFROPUNK takes place annually in London, Paris, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Johannesburg. Launched in 2005, the festival revolves around an influential community of young people of all backgrounds, interested in music, art, film, lifestyle sports, fashion, photography and more. They are the influencers, creatives and tastemakers once seen as outsiders, but who now directly affect pop culture. AFROPUNK made its African debut on 30 and 31 December 2017 as 20,000 people from all over South Africa and the world descended on Constitution Hill in Johannesburg to bring in the New Year in spectacular style.
Aside from major music talent from all over the globe, the festival encompasses Bites&Beats, Activism Row and the SpinThrift Market as well as the chance to earn tickets via the Earn a Ticket programme. In the build up to the event, there is also Battle of the Bands Joburg which seeks to unearth new music talent.