afropunk festival constitution hill johannesburg south africaThe Afropunk Festival has been 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.

The first batch of performers who’ll take part in the festival on December 30 – 31, were announced by Sal Masekela at a bash in May. Thandiswa Mazwai & The Blk Jks, Manthe Ribane, Themba Lunacy and DJ Doowap rocked the launch party.

Here’s the full line-up

Anderson Paak Afropunk
Anderson .Paak

Live & Direct
Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals,
Spoek Mathambo, Okzharp & Manthe Ribane,
Blitz The Ambassador,
Gods Sons & Daughters

Beats By
Black Motion, DJ LAG, Kid Fonque, DJ Doowap,
The Alvhinator, Tha Cutt

DJ Doowap

Live & Direct
King Tha vs BLK JKS,
Laura Mvula, The Brother Moves On
Petite Noir, Nakhane, Urban Village,
Nonku Phiri, Radio 123

Beats By
Theo Parrish, DJ Kenzhero, Anais B, Just Themba, Pussy Party

Pic: Bob Levey/Getty Images for Martell

Martell Cognac partners

Martell Cognac, one of the world’s great cognac houses, has partnered with Afropunk. “We are very excited to partner with Afropunk because they are a platform that cultivates multiculturalism and diversity,” says Sibusiso Shangase, Head of Marketing for the Prestige Brands portfolio at Pernod Ricard South Africa, which represents Martell Cognac. “Martell and Afropunk are interested in celebrating and inspiring people to go beyond the conventional, to be curious about themselves and the world, and in doing so, defy conventions.”

Thoughtful curation

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 NYE’s Eve party in this awesome African city.”

afropunk festival constitution hill johannesburg south africaThe ‘Afropunk’ manifesto

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:
No Sexism, No Racism, No Ableism, No Ageism, No Homophobia, No Fatphobia, No Transphobia

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.

What: Afropunk
When: December 30 – 31, 2017
Where:  Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cover pic:
Spoek Mathambo