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Putting the “African” in AfroPunk: All the Reasons your FOMO is Justified

Still on the fence about AfroPunk? Don't know what shows to see or who to shop with? Check out the incredible lesser-known acts and vendors that you don't want to miss.


If you consider yourself a closet eclectic, AfroPunk affords you a titillating opportunity to live vicariously through the most beautiful Black wierdos this side of Jupiter. If you’re a budding eclectic, AfroPunk is like when you’ve been stranded on earth and then your spaceship lands and you’re reunited with all of your fellow Jupiterians. Or Jupitish. Or Jupitese.


If you’re an actual eccentric, you came on the spaceship.


Well if you’re none of the above, AfroPunk is a chance to hear Black Punk Rockers, Solange and a host of other pop-hip-hop-accessible acts while eating the best of Brooklyn and shopping higher quality artisan wares than you’ll find at any other “African” street festival in BK. It is by far the luxury version of Brooklyn’s available “African” street festival experiences. Most of all, it’s the best opportunity for running into those random friends that you love who you never get to see who will either be nearly unrecognizable in their alien costume, or people watching in their corporate costume.


Acts to See:

Sampha (Sierra Leone): Watch Video  

Little Simz (Nigeria): Watch Video

Dizzee Rascal (Ghana): Watch Video 

Michael Kiwanuka (Uganda): Watch Video 

JoJo Abot (Ghana): Watch Video


Brands to Black-Dollar-Buy:

J Handpaints 

Wow Wow by Wunmi

Mulu & the Beta

Enitan Vintage  

Afrodesiac Worldwide

Gullah Girl Tea 

Printed Soles

Photographers to Pretend you don’t want to be photographed by so maybe they’ll shoot you if you’re lucky:


Delphine Diallo


Adreinne Waheed



AfroPunk Festival kicks off on August 26-27 at Commodore Barry Park in downtown Brooklyn. You can buy tickets here.


OR if you have a free day Friday, you may still be able to earn a ticket.


Did we miss someone that you’re looking forward to seeing at AfroPunk Brooklyn? Tell us who in the comments.



Lolade Siyonbola
Lolade is an author, techie and serial entrepreneur. She is an MA candidate at Yale University where she is pursuing research on immigration, cultural identity and social health.
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