In pictures: Africa’s initial AfroPunk festival

Thousands of people attended a initial AfroPunk festival to be hold on a continent. The jubilee of choice black enlightenment was hold in a South African city of Johannesburg recently.

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The festival describes itself as “a vacant space to weird out in, to erect a new reality, to live your life as we see fit, while creation clarity of a universe around you”.

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For years a festival has been a space for Africans in a diaspora to try their heritage. So some described a initial coming in Africa as a homecoming.

AfroPunk was initial hold in New York in 2005, and was started by people who felt marginalised by both mainstream black and cocktail cultures. They drew heavily on a rebel suggestion of punk.

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It has given turn a tellurian movement, and has been hold in Atlanta, Paris and London.

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The festival celebrates song and enlightenment “born of African spirit”, as good as choice song and fashion. It has turn synonymous with eclectic, initial outfits and style.

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There was some debate on a initial day after South African DJ Cleo pulled out, claiming internal artists were not being treated with a same honour as general ones. But that didn’t seem to stop music-lovers dancing to both mythological aged and renouned new South African musicians, including Kwaito star Thebe, below. Kwaito song grown in South Africa in a early 1990s.

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Traditional healer, artist and romantic Albert Ibokwe Khoza, below, accompanied The Brother Moves On for their carnivalesque performance.

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International artists, including British performer Laura Mvula, below, and American Anderson .Paak kept festival-goers entertained on day two. US star Solange was meant to be a title act though she cancelled due to sickness. Some contend a AfroPunk transformation has turn a plant of a possess popularity, and has turn mainstream.

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Pride in black hair, beauty and conform were all on display, in gripping with a themes of a festival.

The festival also champions inclusion of people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and passionate orientations. Screens flashing a messages rejecting ableism, sexism, homophobia and injustice were on arrangement via a festival.

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Art was also combined – Gloria Shoki, below, urged others to join her portrayal a graffiti mural.

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For 29-year-old opening artist and producer Thola Antamu, below, this was a possibility to dress adult in her many royal attire.

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