Despite the rainy weather, the Joburg AFROPUNK festival 2018 (30 – 31 December) certainly lived up to its expectations – musicians, fashionistas, artists and art lovers came out and dazzled.
Compiled By: Lin Aztekville
All images by: Lin Aztekville & Brian Molepo
The Jo’burg franchise of the international urban festival has become one of the go-to year-end events since its 2017 arrival.
The annual festival, which is hosted at Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg, is renowned for celebrating black art, music, fashion, creativity, and most of all, individuality and diversity.
This year stellar line-up included top bills, like The Internet (US), Thundercat (US), Big Freedia (US), Flying Lotus (US), Thandiswa Mazwai (SA), Kwesta (SA), DJ Maphorisa (SA), Moonchild (SA), and FAKA (SA).
Along with the big acts were this year’s winners of the Joburg AFROPUNK’s Battle of The Bands, Red Robyn, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Durban, as well as Ikati Esengxoweni, a soulful acoustic duo from Port Elizabeth, who proved to the audience that they indeed earned the honour.
Hosted by YFM‘s Carissa Cupido, 5FM‘s Smash Afrika and long-time host, American-based media influencer, Jorje “Gitoo” Wright, the festival managed to entertain the thousands who braved the wet weather to celebrate the beginning of 2019.
This year’s theme was “The People Resist”, which was a call for action against racism, patriarchy and any form of hate.
And the attendees didn’t disappoint, using their eclectic and bold fashion choices to show resistance.
Here are some of our favourite people from the festival: