SALONGE IS HEADING TO JOBURG FOR AFROPUNK

 SALONGE IS HEADING TO JOBURG FOR AFROPUNK 

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For the first time, the biggest festival in the world, Afropunk is heading to JoBurg and Salonge is coming along as one of the headliners.

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 JOHANNESBURG have been added 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, were announced by Sal Masekela at a bash featuring the finest in SA culture at Constitution Hill’s Women’s Jail on Thursday the 11th of May. Thandiswa Mazwai (a.k.a. King Tha) & The Blk Jks, Manthe Ribane, Themba Lunacy and DJ Doowap rocked the launch party till the early hours of the morning.

Says festival co-creator Matthew MorganThoughtful 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 make connections throughout the Diaspora, creating bonds between those with a shared mindset. From the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, through to U.S. and Europe, and now in yet another continent, this AFROPUNK mindset is less concerned with genres and pigeonholes, than the strength and unity of otherness. Modern South Africa is proof of the victory of otherness over historical precedent, and of the country's desire to mold a society based on virtues that are at the core of AFROPUNK. 

Artists billed to perform at this years festival 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. 

Afropunk JOHANNESBURG will take place at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 30th & 31st of December 2017 

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