Afropunk makes a return to Brooklyn this Summer at Fort Green’s Commodore Barry Park, as the annual music festival has just announced their first round of performers.
Set to make appearances this year include Sampha, Thundercat, SZA, Willow Smith, Kaytranada and Dizzee Rascal just to name a few. More headliners will also be announced in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Solange will also be hosting her own ‘St Heron stage’ at Afropunk 2017 which will feature a very special guest that has yet to be announced. Along with the announcement, Afropunk also released this statement:
We, the people built this land. Our flesh and blood is present in its buildings, its roads and its bridges. Our souls are its spiritual cornerstone. Our culture is its foundation. Our being nourishes this land – as our ancestors’ beings nourished it before us – yet the land has not always reimbursed us.
We, the people recognize the bullshit of the powerful. The injustices they committed in the past have never disappeared from view. The inequalities they perpetrate are there for all but the blind. The inadequacies they’ve paid forward to a future age are appearing over the horizon. Unless…
We, the people have a code:
We, the people commit ourselves to uphold and fight for the rights enshrined in our code. Let us honour those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, and hold accountable those who curtail our liberties. Let us walk in the footsteps of warriors who came before us, and strive to create a society based on fundamental human rights. Let us rewrite the universal laws and educate the errant minds.
We, the people have the will to heal the divisions that threaten to reduce our dreams to ashes. We believe in resurrecting the creative power of our diversity. We open our hearts and minds, and dance to the rhythm of a brand-new future. Together. Brave and compassionate. And beautiful.
May the Goddess protect we, the people.
Check out the full flyer below and get more details on Afropunk’s official site here.