Afropunk Battle of the Bands begins!

Afropunk Battle of the Bands begins!

                             Posted: Oct 21 2018

AFROPUNK Joburg returns to Constitution Hill this 30th and 31st of December. This year, two undiscovered acts will also get the chance to make their major debut at this world-renowned festival thanks to the Battle of the Bands. Think you’ve got what it takes?  

Bands are to submit their original songs to the contest via AFROPUNK’s online portal. From there, fans vote to narrow hundreds of hopefuls down to eight finalists who will vie for the two spots to play at AFROPUNK Joburg 2018.

Each of the 8 finalists gets their chance to perform in front of AFROPUNK fans at the Battle of the Bands live competitions. A panel of expert judges selects the champion based on technical skill as well as their ability to thrill the crowd.  

In partnership with AFRICORI, Africa's leading digital music company, AFROPUNK is excited to integrate artist development  resources into the program for the first time ever! Two intensive days of workshops will cover everything a new artist needs to think about - from styling and stage presence, to publishing and the business of music. Finalists will have hands-on mentorship opportunities with industry experts.

This year’s theme takes the shape of THE PEOPLE RESIST, a call to action against racism, patriarchy and any form of hate. Headline performers at this year’s festival include Los Angeles’ future R&B superstars The Internet and Thundercat, experimental electronic music from Flying Lotus (debuting for the first time his 3D show on the African continent), and superb dance grooves from producer Kaytranada.

Thandiswa will also serve her hometown crowd with the revolutionary fusion of modern and traditional African sounds that has made her an enduring star since the 90’s. Hip-Hop rebellion will be served by the legendary Public Enemy, Mozambique’s Azagaia and Cape Town’s YoungstaCPT and Dope Saint Jude. Gqom will set AFROPUNK’s dance floor on fire when Johannesburg’s FAKA and Port Elizabeth hitmaker Moonchild Sanelly take to the stage. New Orleans bounce is represented by the one and only Big Freedia, whom you may know from Drake and Beyonce hits; and there will also be whimsical African superhero intonations from Nomisupasta, as well as ancestral, percussive passion by Soweto’s BCUC. More acts will be announced soon.

Tickets for AFROPUNK Joburg are available via

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