With just four days ahead of the highly-anticipated Afropunk festival, headliner Solange has, in a lengthy statement, revealed that due to health reasons she is unable to perform. However, despite her cancellation, the rest of the festival promises nothing but incredible live performances as it brings in 2018 in style.
In the statement, Solange reveals that she has been suffering from an Autonomic Disorder over the past five months. “It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me. Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all,” she says. “It’s a complicated diagnoses, and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after.”
Naturally, Solange is incredibly upset that she won’t be able to perform for her South African fans and has promised to return with the folks from Afropunk and play here. “I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE. There is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you,” she says. “But, I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with Afropunk and deliver this performance as it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways. I can’t thank Afropunk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows.”
As disappointed as the organisers are that Solange wont be performing at the festival, they’re incredibly excited to welcome her back to South Africa and wish her a speedy recovery. “We would like to thank Solange for her ongoing support, and for sharing this year with us at Afropunk festivals around the world. It is incredibly important to those of us at Afropunk that she recovers and remains in good health. Her music and spirit has been a place of great comfort and inspiration to us as a community. And of course, we are incredibly saddened that she will no longer be performing at the inaugural Afropunk Joburg this weekend,” said co-founder Matthew Morgan.
“We at Afropunk would like to deeply apologise to all festival-goers and ticket-holders, but the circumstances of this news are completely out of Afropunk’s control. Solange was greatly looking forward to being a part of this historic occasion, and as her statement makes clear, she has vowed to come back to Johannesburg with Afropunk at a later date,” said Morgan. “Despite this very sad news, Afropunk Joburg continues to look forward to welcoming many of the world’s finest artists, creatives and music fans to Joburg’s Constitution Hill on the 30th and 31st of December.”
Solange has been touring in support of her recent album ‘A Seat At The Table’ – an album which scored the star a Grammy nomination. The star promises to bring the tour to South Africa because it’s an album she believes in so much and one she is incredibly proud to share with the world. “Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life,” she tells us.
Afropunk continues with an incredible line-up. Tickets are still available at www.afropunkfest.com.
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