Global mu­sic fes­ti­val heads to Joburg

Cape Times - - NEWS - Staff Writer

‘Fans are the bands, this has been Afrop­unk’s phi­los­o­phy’

THERE is just over two months to go be­fore the big­gest so­cial mu­sic fes­ti­val hits Jo­han­nes­burg. Now Afrop­unk is look­ing for new tal­ent to join the stars who will be per­form­ing at the two-day event.

The in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cal cul­tural event in part­ner­ship with Hunter’s Edge launched the SA edi­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion: The Bat­tle of the Bands.

The over­all win­ner will get to share the stage with in­ter­na­tional stars like Solange and An­der­son Paak, as well as lo­cal greats Black Mo­tion and Than­diswa Mazwai.

The win­ner will also take home R15 000 in prizes. En­tries close on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22.

To en­ter, artists have to cre­ate a pro­file on Afrop­unk’s web­site and follow their so­cial me­dia pages. If cho­sen to be part of the com­pe­ti­tion pro­gramme the artists will get the chance to ask their fans to vote. “Fans are the bands, bands are the fans, this has been Afrop­unk’s phi­los­o­phy since this fes­ti­val started 14 years ago,” said Afrop­unk or­gan­iser Matthew Mor­gan.

Ta­nia Kotze, the SA brand strat­egy man­ager for Hunter’s Edge, said: “We aim to chal­lenge the sta­tus quo.”

After 14 years in Brook­lyn, At­lanta, Lon­don and Paris, Afrop­unk’s an­nual fes­ti­val takes place in Jo­han­nes­burg for the first time this De­cem­ber.

“Afrop­unk is a hot­bed of cre­ativ­ity and style,” said Mor­gan, “And Bat­tle of the Bands has re­sulted in promis­ing ca­reers for a num­ber of acts. Un­lock­ing The Truth signed a record deal for $1.7 mil­lion (22.9m), The Skins signed a record deal with Rick Ru­bin, co-founder of Def Jam and one of the most pro­lific pro­duc­ers in the world, and Tank and the Banga’s made no­table me­dia ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing an amazing per­for­mance with NPR, the re­spected on­line ra­dio sta­tion, they also won the Tiny Desk Con­test, which is a big deal.”

The top four bands from Soweto, Pre­to­ria, Tem­bisa and Tsakane will bat­tle it out in the semi-fi­nals. Win­ners from each area will head to the fi­nal in Jo­han­nes­burg on De­cem­ber 15.

The win­ner of the fi­nal will take the stage at the two­day Afrop­unk Joburg fes­ti­val on De­cem­ber 30 and 31. The line-up also in­cludes Free Na­tion­als, King Tha Vs Blk Jks, Laura Mvula, Theo Par­rish, The Brother Moves On, Nakhane, Spoek Mathambo, OKZharp & Man­the Ribane, Nonku Phiri, God Sons & Daugh­ter, DJ Lag, Ur­ban Vil­lage and TCIYF.

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