It’s Afropunk Joburg! 7 fashion faves talk outfit ideas, supporting black creatives and more

All roads lead to Constitution Hill this 30-31 December as the first Afropunk festival taking place in Africa is happening right here in Joburg. As scores of people are expected at the event, where they’ll spend the last days of 2017 enjoying the vibe, good food and of course sounds from artists like King Tha vs BLK JKS, Anderson .Paak and Solange.

Naturally, fashion is one of the highlights at the Afropunk festival, which is renowned for its stylish crowd and street style. A few Joburg creatives share their Afropunk outfits and what the festival means to them.

Nhlanhla ‘Mr Fantastic’ Nkosi

Work: Style consultant, traffic manager and events organiser
Location: Kagiso, Gauteng

Nhlanhla ‘Mr Fantastic’ Nkosi is an image consultant and lifestyle events organiser. He is known for his swank and clean-cut suits, which is exactly what he intends to wear to the festival.

Photo by Lutendo Malatji

Describe your personal  style for us?
My style is clean. I always go for what would make me feel comfortably clean.

What are you wearing to Afropunk Joburg? 
I will obviously be in a suit, and pimp it up with some cool traditional accessories. I will dress like a premium gentleman to sum it up.

Yoliswa Mqoco

Work: Stylist
Location: Pretoria

Model, activist and all-round fabulous beauty guru Yoliswa Mqoco is known for her style and flyness. The Pretoria-based creative recently shared on Instagram her expectations and plans for the festival and what she would be wearing, as well as how her social anxiety has made her think twice about attending the event, which is anticipated to attracted thousands.

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Yoliswa recently shared on Instagram
I’m having to make decisions soon. I have never been this 50/50 about anything in so long. Anyone who knows me, knows what a massive role music plays in my life and the intense relationship I have with it. The Afropunk line up is fire. I mean — Solange.

Also, as a avid fashion enthusiast, I was really looking forward to experiencing, first hand, how all in attendance would interpret the ‘Afropunk aesthetic’ in our own South African narrative. Hell, my outfit is halfway through getting made but I’m still not sure if I’m actually going.

Now here’s the other side of my dilemma: I have serious social Anxiety with really HUGE crowds… It’s looking like I might just be snuggled up with bae in a Hotel Room watching all of you guys slay through my phone ? #DecisionsDecisions (Read the rest)

Mikey Mashila

Work: Content creator at Umizi
Location: Jeppestown, Joburg

Afropunk reminds you not to conform and express all that is true within you, according to Joburg-based content creator and social media specialist Mikey Mashila. Mikey’s outfit is an expression of colour and pride, and is ready to rep for all the cool kids at Afropunk. A fan of Vans, this Limpopo-born creative says colour and flair are what will make his outfits unique.

Tell us more about the outfit you’ve chosen for Afropunk Joburg?
If I wake up feeling like a cool kid on the day, then consider me in this outfit. First, I’m wearing my mom’s top, which represents her light in my life. I am going for a colourful look and this is the perfect item to go for in my wardrobe.I will accessorise it with a horn necklace and Fila Shoes, and pair it with striped trouser. Then, to top it off, I will rock a brightly coloured sports jacket.

What are your thoughts on the Afropunk festival?
I am so excited to attend the festival. I would like to highlight the impact that will benefit creatives around the city and nationwide. It’s not just about the music but also a platform for young black creatives who are less celebrated. Movements like Afropunk are changing the narrative by giving opportunities and showcasing the work that never gets to be seen in the mainstream.

Abigail Zikhali

Work: Photographer, videographer
Location: Joburg

Joburg-based freelance videographer and photographer Abigail Zikhali says Afropunk is an excellent platform to celebrate eccentric and defiant people of colour.

What are your thoughts on Afropunk?
I come from a very traditional background however I’m an open-minded individual and I love experimenting. So the Afropunk culture as a whole is something I’d love to explore and I think it should be made mainstream.

What are you wearing to the festival?
I am definitely going for an Afro-punk vibe with floral prints and knee high boots, I love how floral print expresses my femme side because I’m a bit of a tomboy. I’ll pair up the boots with a pair of equally girly pink mesh stockings. They are so hot right now, and for me they bring back that Avril Lavigne “skater boi” vibe.

Kabelo Sello

Work: Photographer and founder of clothing brand Freshest Wear
Location: Soweto, Joburg

Photographer Kabelo Sello is a self-proclaimed fashion lover and it is for this reason that he is excited to attend Afropunk. Kabelo says it is his favourite movement because he will get to see a lot of of talented black creatives in the industry.

Describe your personal style to us?
My style is unpredictable with an influence of the old school. I love pantsula wear and colour!

What are you wearing to Afropunk Joburg?
I am wearing a five-panel cap, Freshest Wear t-shirt, Fila Track Pants, Puma stripes socks and Nike sneakers. I chose this outfit because my new sneakers will go well with my track pants. I can’t leave the house before ensuring I am freshest in the land.

Leon Jamarie

Work: Digital community manager
Location: Joburg

Leon Jamarie says to him, Afropunk festival is an opportunity for fierless self-expression. The Joburg-based creative has been planning his outfit for months and tells us all about it.

What are your thoughts on the Afropunk festival?
I love the concept of a festival dedicated to celebrating our collective culture. I’ve been a fan of it for a while now and am really excited that it’s coming to Joburg.

Please describe your outfit for the festival?
I plan on attending the festival on both days and wear an outfit designed by a Cape Town-based friend of mine. It is summer, so something light to stave off the heat is always good.

Fungile Msibi

Work: Student, social media activist
Location: Roodepoort, Joburg

Wits graduate Fungile Msibi says her outfit for the festival is going to be a mix of traditional African clothing with a futuristic look that fits the image of the Afropunk festival.

What are your thoughts on Afropunk Joburg?
Amazing. Afro-futurism at its best. I volunteered for a ticket on Saturday and it was gruelling but worth it. I am excited to see the diversity at the festival, and different  outfits and creativity of young South Africans.

What are you planning to wear to the festival?
I am a thick girl oozing African butter. I need to show it off. I like the strapless top to show off my tattoos and upper body. And long skirts are comfortable and they look beautiful when you dance.

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