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Nandi Madida has been announced as the host of the first ever Afropunk festival in Africa. Photo: Supplied  ~ 

With just under a month to go till the first Afropunk in Africa, Afropunk Joburg has announced that singer and presenter, Nandi Madida will host the event at Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill.

After 14 years in Brooklyn, Atlanta, London and Paris, Afropunk's annual festival will take place in Johannesburg for the first time on December 30th and 31st at Constitution Hill. 

Hailed as a world-renowned festival by the likes of The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork, Afropunk is a hotbed of creativity and style, featuring many top live acts as well as numerous community and civic-minded aspects.

“I am particularly ecstatic and honored to be hosting Afropunk because it is not only a festival but a movement that I've followed for many years, one that encouraged me to go out there and be unashamedly myself in a world that is constantly trying to make us conform to certain social norms. And now it's happening in the centre of all things "Afro" — that is insane!” said Nandi Madida.

The Afropunk Joburg lineup will see the stage come alive with performances by Solange, Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals, King Tha Vs Blk Jks, Petite Noir, Blitz The Ambassador, Laura Mvula, Black Motion, Theo Parrish, The Brother Moves On, Nakhane, Spoek Mathambo, OKZharp & Manthe Ribane, Nonku Phiri, Gods Sons and Daughters, DJ Lag, DJ Doowap, DJ Kenzhero, Kid Fonque, Urban Village and others.

The festival will also feature one brand new band that will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at Afropunk.

The Battle of The Bands Powered by EDGE will go down on the 8th and 9th of December at Carfax in Newtown, where eight bands will compete to be the next two finalists in The Battle Of The Bands.

The ultimate winner will then perform at Afropunk

The Soweto finals of the battle was won by Automatic Live, while Pretoria’s victors were Rainbow Abomination.

The next two semi-finals at Carfax will see PG_13, Stiff Pap, Obie Mavuso and Terai compete on Friday the 8th of December from 7pm with extra entertainment provided by Sho Madjozi and Gqom DJs Rudeboyz. 

While on Saturday the 9th of December, Ice Cream Shop,  L8 ANTIQUE , Thami Mozolo and  Melo B Jones will battle it out – DJs on the night will be DJ Kenzhero and K-$. 

Tickets for the The Battle of The Bands are only R10 and throughout the night audience members stand the chance to win a weekend pass to Afropunk Joburg at the end of the month. 

The Afropunk Battle Of The Bands final will take place on Saturday the 16th of December at Tembisa’s Easy Saturday Street Food Market at Mehlareng Stadium from 1pm.

Customers are advised to purchase tickets for Afropunk through these channels:



Selected Edcon (CNA, Edgars, Jet) outlets listed on https://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/outlets/

Any Nutickets ticketing queries can be addressed by calling 011 880 2199 or emailing info@nutickets.co.za.


Live & Direct
Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals
Spoek Mathambo
Okzharp & Manthe Ribane
Blitz The Ambassador
Gods Sons & Daughters
Beats By
Black Motion
DJ LAG & Special Guests
Kid Fonque
DJ Doowap
The Alvhinator
Tha Cutt

Live & Direct
King Tha vs BLK JKS
Laura Mvula
The Brother Moves On
Petite Noir
Urban Village
Nonku Phiri
Radio 123
Beats By
Theo Parrish
DJ Kenzhero
Anais B
Just Themba
Pussy Party DJs.

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