January 8, 2019 11:41 AM   Subscribe

What better place than South Africa to celebrate and affirm resistance. As 2018 slid into 2019 and the rain came down on the crowds, AFROPUNK aficionados embodied the mantra #ThePeopleResist with a musical lineup of melanin and Black magic. "When it comes to groove (partying, cutting a rug, etc) South Africans have a saying that goes 'ndiyoyika ukuthi izobamnandi' which means 'I’m scared that it might be a good time.'"

As African punks take over Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill for New Year’s weekend, leather and precious metals stole the show in vibrant and refreshing ways, far removed from customary punk styling. The dyed leathers paired with African steam-punk accessories wandering the festival grounds with an aura of unencumbered Blackness hinted at new kind of punk being introduced to the world – the Motherland Punk. Photo roundups of the fierce and fashion-forward "Black people who are not afraid to show up as their full selves":
- Blackness, brilliance and bad ass
- How liberating it is to be us
- Black to the future
- Safety in numbers
The deejay Muzi got "the crowd lit, open and jamming in the mud to his mixes of Afro Beat, hip hop, R&B and soul"
posted by spamandkimchi (3 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
So much splendor, power, and joy! I am in awe.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 2:18 PM on January 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

I love the photographs.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:33 PM on January 8, 2019

Stunning photography!
I've really been into The Internet and Kaytranada lately, so that looks like an awesome music lineup indeed.
posted by heatvision at 3:26 AM on January 9, 2019

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