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It wasn’t just about the live acts, but about creating a platform for entrepreneurs from across the African continent.
If you’re a regular on social media, your timeline was probably flooded with live coverage from Afropunk. A global festival, which originated in New York a few years ago, geared at celebrating the alternative black music scene in a space that is all inclusive and empowering. Afropunk Johannesburg which takes place at the historically significant Constitution Hill debuted in 2017 with an impressive consisting of local and international acts including Laura Mvula and Anderson Paak.
The second edition was bigger and better, more local acts, specifically from the LGBTQI community; FAKA, Dope Saint Jude and K Dollahz, two stages and separate hubs for further entertainment hosted by international brands such as Hyundai and Budweiser, a main sponsor for the event.
A major highlight at Afropunk, globally, has always been the street style. Come rain or shine, young and old come out in their most vibrant outfits – a haute couture runway of sorts for the culture scene. Johannesburg provided the perfect backdrop to show off how stylish we Africans truly are.
Revered beer brand Budweiser created a completely different vibe with the Budweiser Hotel –flowing drinks, food and a space for local influencers to connect (and stay out of the rain). “I’m having a great time, I’m glad I got to be part of this activation”, said photographer, Austin Malema.
The addition of more stalls for African brands and businesses ranging from clothing to hair care truly made a difference to the 2018 festival. We were excited to discover start-up businesses we have never heard of before – we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.