There’s something about doing things for the second time, last years first ever Afropunk Johannesburg held at Constitution Hill might have been accompanied by some disappointments with Solange Knowles cancelling nights prior to the event, but surely the idea of partying in the middle of the city that you’d usually be striding going about your usual hustles still stuck. Leading to yet another a successful year for the festival, themed ‘the people resist’.
Typically, the city of Johannesburg is still during the festive season yet this years Afropunk festival brought nearly ten thousand people from near and far to participate in a movement that celebrates black art and excellence. This year they gathered in the name of calling to action against racism, patriarchy and any form of hate, having the most popular and talented alternative musicians – imagine this year’s headline acts, Thandiswa Mazwai, The Internet, Kaytranada and Flying Lotus – serenade you in the background, such occasions are bound to birth art and possibly future collaborations…mind blowing isn’t it?
While chasing to capture moments around the layouts of Afropunk, we bumped into the familiar faces of Johannesburg, musicians, models, activists…all round creatives that have made an effort incorporate striking Afrocentric art pieces to their outfits for the event, needless to say, we were undeniably enticed by their art.
We’re so used to seeing our ‘influencers’ in spaces like this, so when a young lady pointed out that she is a doctor and would never be dressed and looking the way that she did on any other random day; “You wouldn’t normally see me this way!” she exclaimed, emphasizing the liberation and sense of urgency to self expression which that AP brings in general.
By Joy Gracious