Even Solange’s autonomic disorder couldn’t stop Afropunk Joburg from taking place on the last weekend of 2017. Beyoncé’s sister was scheduled to be one of the headliners of the festival but cancelled at the last minute.
This was not one of the things that was reflected upon at a media briefing on Friday morning. Afropunk owners, Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper were joined by Gauteng MEC Lebogang Maile at the briefing at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.
Cooper said the weekend was attended by close to 20 000 people - 2000 of which were patrons from outside the country. Morgan called the two day festival that was marred with controversy on account of their refusal to refund ticket holders “a dream and an honour of ours to have Afropunk here.”
“It’s only the beginning,” he said, “these things are not easy. [...] We will only get better doing what we do.”
The MEC was beaming as he explained how proud he was of the event having taken place in his province. “The first Afropunk concert to be held on African soil was a success and incident free,” said Maile. He also confirmed that there was a multi-year partnership with Afropunk on the table for future events.
“Yes, we will be injecting money,” he continued As to how much, we’ll announce in dud bourse and that’s simply because it makes sense.” Maile said the point of the partnership is to drive patronage back to Jozi over the festive season.
Afropunk, as a Music festival began in Brooklyn, New York. It has since travelled to Atlanta, London and Paris. Johannesburg is the latest iteration.