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Afropunk: This year’s headliners

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Afropunk returns to London this weekend and we cannot wait. Celebrating black alternative culture, the two-day long festival is all about diversity and, most importantly, music. Already in the past years, Afropunk could boast with a solid line-up, and this year the selection of headliners certainly does not disappoint either.

Let’s have a look at this years headliners!

The Internet

The name is programme. Having met via MySpace back in the day, Syd and Matt from The Internet eventually met a couple years after their first online encounter and have founded the band which now consists of six people. With everyone making music from young age on already, The Internet can boast with each member’s skillful talents of singing and producing.

NAO

Last year saw the release of NAO’s debut album For All We Know. Showcasing her incredibly smooth and gentle vocals to funk-inspired beats, the artist from East London could secure her spot in the music scene and gained the attention she deserved. Growing up in a musical atmosphere, her music is influenced by gospel, garage and 90’s R&B – all of which she tries to include in her songs as well. NAO’s approach of creating futuristic R&B surely guarantees for a great show.

Thundercat

Having released his third studio album Drunk earlier this year, Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat again showcased his incredible ability of creating new sounds by mixing classic jazz with contemporary R&B and Rock elements.  His experimental approach to music has established him a loyal fanbase all over the world and with support from big names such as Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa or Pharrell, the Grammy-winning artist is not going anywhere soon. His performance is set to be one to remember.

JME

If you are familiar with the genre of Grime you surely heard about JME, Co-founder of North London‘s Grime collective Boy Better Know. Next to repping BBK, JME also releases solo tracks – his album Integrity> from 2015 being his latest project. Including features from brother Skepta, D Double E or Giggs the album found huge appeal in the music scene. Who knows, maybe he will bring out his BBK squad for his performance?!

Danny Brown

Hailing all the way from Detroit, rapper Danny Brown has made major waves internationally ever since he dropped his mixtape XXX back in 2011. Over the years he has collaborated with fellow Detroit’s one and only Eminem, among other, and released four studio albums until today. Danny Browns music is full of energetic, vigorous vibes and his voice is truly unique in its own way.

Willow Smith          

Extroverted and genuine – that’s what Will Smith’s daughter Willow Smith is all about! Although she is only 16 years old, she has accomplished so much in her life already – all the way from whippin‘ her hair back and forth in 2010 to becoming the ambassador for the luxury brand Chanel and joining her mother in the fight to stop human trafficking.

Other than named artists we can also look forward to performances from Lianne La Havas, Connie Constance, Sate, Big Freedia, The OBGMS, Nadia Rose, Kojey Radical, Cosmo Pyke and many more.

Afropunk takes place on July 22nd and 23rd. Purchase tickets here

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Words by Antonia 

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