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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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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