Afropunk seeks new talent for music fest
Event winners to take home prizes
THERE is just more than two months to go before the biggest social music festival hits Joburg.
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 South African edition of the competition – the Battle of the Bands. The winner will get to share the stage with international stars like Solange Knowles and Anderson Paak, plus local greats Black Motion and Thandiswa Mazwai.
On top of sharing the stage with the artists, the winner takes 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 its 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, brand strategy manager for Hunter’s Edge, added that the aim was to produce groundbreaking experiences. “We aim to challenge the status quo.”
After 14 years in New York, Atlanta, London and Paris, Afropunk’s annual festival takes place in Joburg 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 (R22.9m); The Skins signed a deal with Rick Rubin – co-founder of Def Jam and one of the most prolific producers in the world; and Tank and the Bangas 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 voted bands from Soweto, Pretoria, Tembisa and Tsakane will battle it out in the semifinals. One winner from each area will head to the finals in Joburg on December 15.
The winner of the finals 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.
‘We aim to challenge the status quo’