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Solange and Miguel Are Headed to South Africa for This Year's Afropunk Festival

But South Africans are wondering if Solo will really pull through this year or nah.

Afropunk has announced its lineup for this year's festival at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg and South Africans are flipping out. Both Solange and Miguel are going to be taking to the stage alongside other phenomenal South African artists. However, South Africans have been hesitant to actually purchase their tickets after Solange failed to show up at the 2017/2018 show.


Just three weeks before the 2017/2018 Afropunk Festival was supposed to happen, South Africans were left dumbfounded when Solange announced that she would no longer be performing because she had been quite ill.

While South Africans were not mad at Solange for something outside of her control (obviously), they did feel heavily disrespected by Afropunk's organizers who had known well in advance that she would not be performing and yet, remained silent about the change in the program.

Hopefully, this year will be different. And what's more, Miguel is coming too.

The two-day music festival, which lets attendees usher in the new year with a celebration of beautiful music and stunning fashion, will also include performances by Masego, Busiswa, Distruction Boyz, Umlilo and Sho Madjozi, among several other local artists.

For those keen to turn up and have a good time, tickets can be purchased here.

Check out these hilarious reactions on social media from South Africans:





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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple β€” and in the US β€” and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists β€” from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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