Global Afropunk Festival dances its way to Joburg’s Constitution Hill
The Global Afropunk Festival, previously held in New York, London, Atlanta, London and Paris grooves its way to Joburg’s Constitution Hill this December.
Constitution Hill has a checkered past considering it was the site of the notorious Old Fort Prison Complex. Violent criminals and political prisoners including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were detained there side by side.
It’s also the venue for the country’s constitutional court which is a beacon for solidarity and democracy in South Africa.
The amalgamation of the two opposites is a perfect fit for the Global Afropunk Festival.
We The People
The Global Afropunk Festival is perfectly described as 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,” in a statement.
….Which is why they feel that South Africa is the perfect venue for the next venue adding, “The 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 mould a society based on virtues that are at the core of Afropunk,” the statement added.
Global Afropunk Festival co-creator Mathew Morgan states that the music will be thoughtfully curated to include house, kwaito, punk, hip hop, soul, reggae, roots and others. The crescendo of this event will result in an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party.
The early line up of artists for the Global Afropunk Festival in Joburg includes Solange, Theo Parrish, Spoek Mathambo, Black Motion and many others.
The theme for this year is ‘We The People’ which is the phrase that starts both the American and South African constitutions.
The Global Afropunk Festival is sure to be a funky fest not to miss!