“WE THE PEOPLE” - AFROPUNK TO RETURN TO LONDON ACROSS FULL WEEKEND THIS JULY 22ND-23RD. HEAVY BILL OF ARTISTS REVEALED, WITH LIANNE LA HAVAS, NAO, THUNDERCAT, DANNY BROWN, JME, WILLOW SMITH, THE HEAVY, LITTLE SIMZ, JAZZ RE:FRESHED, NADIA ROSE, KOJEY RADICAL, GAL-DEM DJS, A VERY SPECIAL GUEST AND MORE
TICKETS (DAY AND WEEKEND): http://afropunkfest.com/london/tickets/
An institution recognised for defining culture in the music world for over 14 years, AFROPUNK is a triumph of multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. NEW YORK, ATLANTA, JOHANNESBURG and PARIS are all now home to global AFROPUNK events, with the inaugural LONDON outing adding a UK twist to proceedings. This July 22nd - 23rd, AFROPUNK returns to the city’s freshest venue - PRINTWORKS. And now, the major bill is here; with LIANNE LA HAVAS, NAO, DANNY BROWN, THUNDERCAT, JME, WILLOW SMITH, THE HEAVY, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, JAZZIE B, LITTLE SIMZ, JAZZ RE:FRESHED, NADIA ROSE, KOJEY RADICAL, CONNIE CONSTANCE, BLACKTRONICA, GAL-DEM DJS, BORN N BREAD DJs a special guest and more all stepping up. Plus there’s the marketplace, food, art and style. Grab a weekend ticket from £90 here.
WE THE PEOPLE : As AFROPUNK expands further with the first outing in Johannesburg, South Africa, the theme for 2017 is WE THE PEOPLE; a phrase that begins both the American and South African constitutions. The move to Johannesburg is a natural fit in line with AFROPUNK’s desire to connect through Dispora; creating bonds between those with a shared mindset. From the neighborhoods of 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. Check the full WE THE PEOPLE statement from AFROPUNK below.
AFROPUNK LONDON : Thoughtful curation sees grime, punk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, roots, soul, pop genres, plus more across the AFROPUNK London weekend; heritage names who’ve changed the game play along young guns shaping their scenes. Founding father of grime and BBK original JME reps for London talent, an artist who has driven grime from London basements to the forefront of UK music. Soul-folk fusionist LIANNE LA HAVAS brings her trademark delicate sound, plus a mainstay of the British alternative for almost two decades, treading the lines between rock, blues and ska; THE HEAVY. Soul II Soul’s JAZZIE B joins, a leading light in British black music.
US tastes are catered for with Detroit native DANNY BROWN, one of the most unique, challenging voices in hip-hop. Fresh from releasing ‘DRUNK’, THUNDERCAT will bring a blend of fresh jazz beats to London’s Printworks, whilst the incredible WILLOW SMITH will make a rare UK performance. Also on board is musician, actor and slam poet SAUL WILLIAMS; all promising to be mind-blowing performances.
London’s neo-soul sensation NAO is another heavy-hitter on board, along with fellow songstresses CORINNE BAILEY RAE and future-soul prodigy CONNIE CONSTANCE, whose dream-like vocals have tipped her one to watch. Another Londoner with fire energy who has risen to the top is MC LITTLE SIMZ, plus breakout names NADIA ROSE, multi-media artist and rapper KOJEY RADICAL, and BIG FREEDIA, SATE, OBGM’S, MAHALIA and BLACK ORCHID are also set to soundtrack the weekend.
AFROPUNK London also unites the best DJs to step up; including West-London turned global collective, JAZZ RE:FRESHED, party crews BLACKTRONICA and FAM, plus selectors from NTS Radio crew BORN N BRED, and pioneering all-female collective gal-dem. Soulection member Hannah Faith returns to AP for the second time, plus Radio 1’s Clara AMFO CLARA AMFO and 1xtra’s JAMZ SUPERNOVA.
Outside of all of this, there’s a lot more to find and do. Printworks London will play host to a vibrant space filled with artists, creatives, designers, exhibitions and food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to become a part of the AFROPUNK community through the marketplace, with pop-ups, art and stalls - it’s about creating an extended family of AFROPUNK, with a united voice to be heard and celebrated. Partners for this year include i-D Magazine, gal-dem and CRACK, who’ll each play a role in crafting your AFROPUNK experience, details to follow. On-site arts, stalls, food, DJ sets and extra’s to be announced in the coming months. Learn more at the AFROPUNK website: afropunkfest.com/london/
MORE INFO ON AFROPUNK : afropunkfest.com/london/
22nd July - 23rd July 2017
PRINTWORKS : http://printworkslondon.co.uk/
SPECIAL GUEST TBA
LIANNE LA HAVAS
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
BORN & BRED
TICKETS : http://afropunkfest.com/london/tickets/
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. Unless...
We, the people have a code:
We, the people commit ourselves to uphold and fight for the rights enshrined in our code. Let us honour those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, and hold accountable those who curtail our liberties. Let us walk in the footsteps of warriors who came before us, and strive to create a society based on fundamental human rights. Let us rewrite the universal laws and educate the errant minds.
We, the people have the will to heal the divisions that threaten to reduce our dreams to ashes. We believe in resurrecting the creative power of our diversity. We open our hearts and minds, and dance to the rhythm of a brand-new future. Together. Brave and compassionate. And beautiful.
May the Goddess protect we, the people.
FACTS : For over 14 years, 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 85,000 people across their festivals, and another 10,000 at events. Over 160 bands and DJ’s became part of the AFROPUNK family.
At AFROPUNK Brooklyn over 16,000 volunteered to earn a ticket, giving back to their communities. This is the AFROPUNK Army.