Meet the Women of Afropunk 2017
Afropunk Festival returns to London this weekend and promises to be an extensive layered-trifle that encapsulates culture, taste and diversity in a celebration of black music, culture, community, and cool and eccentric fashion.
There will be a number of women taking the stage on Saturday and Sunday, so we decided to take a look at some of the queens sprinkling that black girl magic that we’ve come to expect from this awesome event.
Daughter of film and music superstars Will and Jada, whipping hair queen Willow Smith will be flying in to perfrom. She is a fashion icon, the face of Chanel and an absolute diva. At the age of 16, Smith is also part of the vanguard of women fighting for female rights.
We have many British women representing too, including upcoming global artist NAO. She has been hugely recognised for her stand out album ‘For All We Know’ which was released in 2016. Her style coalesces electronic, funk and RnB into a unique fusion genre of its own, she refers to her revolutionary creation as ‘wonky funk.’ Her uncategorisable music conveys why she is going to be at the forefront of the creation of a new music genre, or perhaps enter a world where genre ceases to exist.
The stage is not just for performers, but for the plethora of musicians and DJ’s who will be rocking the party too. One of the next leading DJ’s of our generation, Jamz Supernova will be performing on Sunday. Supernova launched her own music in women networking group called FLEXX, which aimed to connect women in music in an informal environment. Supernova’s aim to was to support other female artists struggling with the adversity that comes with being a woman in them music industry.
Following the renowned success of her album ‘A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons’ in 2015, which included several hits like ‘Dead Body’ and ‘Gratitude,’ young British artist Little Simz will also be hitting the stage.
Lianne La Havas
London-born and Grammy nominated, winner of ITunes album of the year artist Lianne La Havas will also be slaying on Sunday. Her contemporary and bold voice captures and mesmerises audiences highlighted by her YouTube videos having over four million views. La Havas has encountered some of the world’s most influential artists, including Prince and Alicia Keys.
Afro Punk debunks stereotypes and genres and allows artists to perform in a liberating atmosphere, where they do what they love without constraints. After 13 years of Afro Punk in Brooklyn, this year aims to be its best yet, with events in Atlanta, London, Paris and Johannesburg.
Saturday July 22:
The Internet / JME / Corinne Bailey Rae / Danny Brown / The Heavy / Little Simz / Saul Williams / Jazzie B / Kojey Radical / Nadia Rose / Cosmo Pyke / Liam Bailey / The Bots / The OBGMS / Blacktronica / Jazz Refreshed / FAM
Sunday July 23:
Lianne La Havas / NAO / Thundercat / Willow Smith / Petite Noir / Mahalia / Sate / Connie Constance / Kiha Victoria / Black Orchid / GAL-DEM / Clara Amfo / Hannah Faith / Jamz Supernova / Born N Bread
For more information and to purchase tickets visit Afropunk’s website.