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Image by Melissa Bunni Elian. South Africa, 2017.
Image by Melissa Bunni Elian. South Africa, 2017.

After hosting shows in Brooklyn, Paris, London, and Atlanta in 2017, AFROPUNK, an American music festival, debuted in Johannesburg, South Africa for the first on the continent. More than a celebration of alternative black music, AFROPUNK is a social and political movement rooted in an "African spirit and heritage" that centers around an ethos of championing social underdogs.

Following in the tradition of blues, jazz, and hip hop, AFROPUNK is establishing itself as a global artistic force, one that challenges inequality and discrimination, while providing a platform for young people to express anger, hope, creativity and pride. African-Americans have a long history of employing music to respond to oppression.