Afropunk PARIS the sun was shining, the blackness was out in full effect. Burna Boy’s Yè chant was a prominent feature throughout the weekend, with droves of of festival goers breaking out into song in their groups.
The first day was busy, face paint, African garments, AP merch all over the place. Rico Nasty got on stage dressed like a rapper from the future. The crowd was engaged, the vibes were flowing as Burna Boy the AP golden boy walked on, the African Giant mentioned it was his first time in Paris since he was 12. It felt like the people were waiting for him and backed by his band he soared through his set, impressing with his vocals, dance and his own brand of swag.
The weekend was filled with talented musicians living freely on stage and giving us the best of their craft. Masego comes to mind especially after creating 3 instrumentals from scratch during his incredible performance. Not only did he serve us his hits, he gave us new bespoke jams. Truly phenomenal talent, and the headliners Janelle Monáe And Solange didn’t disappoint with their big production, engaging empowerment rhetoric and Lizzo was had the crowd in the palm of her hands earlier in the day. Showing off how much of a powerhouse she’s turned into.
IAMDDB And Little Simz we’re our UK representatives and they showed up and shelled it down as expected. Outside of the performances the genuine appreciation of black culture was prevalent in every corner of AP from the black owned market stalls selling an array of items from hair to African fabrics. The extensive food court and the dance battles and mini parties that could be seen happening at any given moment where the DJs played outside. It was honestly nothing but vibes, an authentic celebration of the African diaspora and worldwide black culture and influence. We can’t wait to see what the London edition that’s set to take place in fall 2019 has in store.
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