As Africa counts down to AFROPUNK JOBURG on the 30th and 31st of December, show organisers have added legendary performers and global DJs of note to the lineup.

One South African newcomer will get to join AFROPUNK superstars on stage at Constitutional Hill thanks to Joburg Battle Of The Bands, the public are encouraged to attend the finals on the 30th of November and 1st of December at Carfax and choose 2 winners from 8 finalists. Other AFROPUNK activities include The Solution Sessions which will feature two founding members of the Black Lives Matter movement on the 28th and 29th of December.
Legendary members of South Africa’s music scene, Maskandi master Phuzekhemisi of KZN and Cape Town hip-hop pioneer DJ Ready D are new additions to the AFROPUNK Joburg lineup. Hip-hop hit maker Kwesta has also been added to the bill. What would a party be without DJs spinning the hottest sounds across genres, countries and eras? On the decks this year: Pretoria hitmaker DJ Maphorisa; France’s Anais B made such an impact at last year’s event that she is back to serve up more beats; also DJ’ing is TYGAPAW is a Jamaica-born/-raised, Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist and producer. Representing Cape Town’s Southern suburbs is K-$, with Kenya’s Coco.em and Johannesburg’s Deniece Marz and Phatstoki also rocking the party. Empangeni-born electronic musician Muzi spends most of his time overseas, but he will be back in SA for AFROPUNK Joburg. Also traveling to SA for the festival are BBZ (Bold Brazen Zamis), a queer curatorial collective and art party from London.
These artists and DJs now join The Internet, Thundercat, Flying Lotus Kaytranada, Thandiswa, Public Enemy, YoungstaCPT, Dope Saint Jude, FAKA , Moonchild Sanelly, Big Freedia, Nomisupasta and BCUC at AFROPUNK Joburg. Of special note for AFROPUNK Joburg is the 3D show that the Los Angeles-based electronic music producer and film-maker Flying Lotus is bringing to South Africa for the first time; featuring a huge mega-set that needs to be specially shipped from the United States, and next-level-technology animations, it is an audio-visual experience that The Guardian UK has called “mind-warping.”
Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) comes from a long line of innovators — his auntie being Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda — and has collaborated with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Radiohead, Herbie Hancock and many other legends. In 2016, he also directed the experimental film Kuso.
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AFROPUNK takes place annually in London, Paris, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Johannesburg. Launched in 2005, the festival revolves around an influential community of young people of all backgrounds, interested in music, art, film, lifestyle sports, fashion, photography and more. They are the influencers, creatives and tastemakers once seen as outsiders, but who now directly affect pop culture.