Kwaito Legends Trompies Added To Afropunk Joburg Bill

Kwaito legends Trompies have been added to the bill at AFROPUNK Joburg. Formed in Soweto in the ‘90s, Trompies were central to creating the music and movement known as kwaito, and their repertoire spans over 20 years of hits which are sure to get crowds dancing at the highly anticipated year-end bash in the city of Jozi.

Opening the proceedings on the 30th and 31st of December at Constitution Hill will be the winners of the AFROPUNK Joburg Battle Of The Bands: Red Robyn, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Durban and Port Elizabeth’s Ikati Esengxoweni, the soulful acoustic duo from Port Elizabeth, have won this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wow crowds at the internationally beloved festival.

Red Robyn says, ”I entered The Battle Of The Bands because this year I saw that I could take music more seriously and this was a great platform and opportunity to show people what I was about. The final was the largest crowd I ever played to! I am a fan of the AFROPUNK aesthetic and music identity, so I thought if I won, this could be a great way for me to locate more of my audience and people who might respond to the music I am now making. My sound is diverse: I draw predominantly from Rock, Gospel and R&B, and it’s definitely not possible for me to say it’s one genre. So it’s perfect for AFROPUNK, one of the most progressive platforms in terms of amalgamating world views with fashion and music that is pushing boundaries sonically.”

Ikati Esengoweni established their band in Port Elizabeth two years ago, and describe their sound as “alternative and eclectic.” Now they are hitting greater heights thanks to their win in the AFROPUNK Joburg Battle Of The Bands. The duo’s Anam Manyati says, “Our aim is to inspire young Black women and show them that anyone can do this, if they just believe.” Her bandmate Lark Wantu adds, “This has been overwhelming and exciting as we always dreamt of performing at AFROPUNK. This festival is important, as it’s much more than a festival, it’s a movement that celebrates black art and excellence. It’s a platform with a cause and a great global networking tool.”

The theme at the AFROPUNK Joburg festival this year is THE PEOPLE RESIST, a call to action against racism, patriarchy and any form of hate. Trompies, Red Robyn and Ikati Esengxoweni now join the AFROPUNK Joburg line up that features Kwesta, DJ Maphorisa, Thandiswa, Moonchild Sanelly, Phuzekhemisi, Ready D, The Internet, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kaytranada, Muzi, Azagaia, YoungstaCPT, Dope Saint Jude, FAKA, BBZ, Big Freedia, Nomisupasta, Automatic Live, Azagaia and BCUC. Anais B, TYGAPAW, K-$, DJ Coco.em, Deniece Marz and Phatstoki will be on the decks. Tickets are available via

This years festival will be hosted by two radio DJs who have pioneered eclectisim and creativity on the airwaves — YFM’s Carissa Cupido and 5FM’s vibrant Smash Afrika — as well as longtime AFROPUNK host, America based Gitoo.


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