Global music festival heads to Joburg
‘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.