There is just a few weeks to go before the biggest cultural festival takes over the city.
The first AFROPUNK two-day extravaganza is coming to Johannesburg this season and the gorgeous Nandi Madida will host the event.
“I am particularly ecstatic and honoured 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 the excited star.
Madida added that Africa was the cradle of all things bold, fierce and alternative.
“From artists to the people coming to watch, to the legacy AFROPUNK has created, I honestly feel like I’m home, and I can’t wait to interact with my people. It’s going to be epic! I am beyond humbled to be apart of the very first AFROPUNK in South Africa as an MC. Let us make history and be a part of an incredible legacy.”
Just in time for AFROPUNK, Constitution Hill, the event venue has launched a unique tourism collective: “I am Joburg”.
The websitewww.iamjoburg.africa is a curated collection of unique experiences and tours celebrating Johannesburg’s diverse cultures and people.
From walking and cycling tours of Joburg’s iconic neighbourhoods, to unique culinary and cultural experiences, I Am Joburg is about celebrating the city.
On Friday and Saturday at Carfax in Newtown, eight bands will compete to be the next two finalists in The Battle Of The Bands competition where one band will get to share the stage with the artists already on the line-up.
The Soweto Battle was won by Automatic Live and Rainbow Abomination won the round in Pretoria. The next two semi-finals at Carfax in Newtown will see PG_13, Stiff Pap, Obie Mavuso and Terai compete on Friday and then Ice Cream Shop, L8 ANTIQUE, Thami Mozolo and Melo B Jones will battle it out on Saturday.
Tickets are R10 and throughout the night, there will be a chance to win a weekend pass to AFROPUNK. The Bands final will take place on Saturday, December 16 at Tembisa’s Easy Saturday Street Food Market, Mehlareng Stadium, from 1pm.
On the night of AFROPUNK, Sho Madjozi, RudeBoyz and DJ Kenzhero will join the rising stars on stage. For the last 14 years, AFROPUNK has been defining culture with a mix of music, art and politics.
The festival, taking place on Devember 30 and 31 is a multicultural melting pot open to everyone.
Tickets are available through AFROP U N K f e s t . c o m , nutickets, and selected Edcon outlets.