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AFROPUNK Announces 2016 Lineup: Flying Lotus, Ice Cube, Tyler The Creator, Bad Brains/Fishbone/Livin


AFROPUNK, the documentary-turned-music-festival, will return to Brooklyn, NY this summer with one epic lineup. You have your rap: Ice Cube, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Shabazz Palaces. Your fire beats and serious soul: Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Sango, Esta, The Internet, Janelle Monae, CeeLo Green. Some Aggro vibes: a Bad Brains/Fishbone/Living Colour Superjam, Trash Talk. And fucking George Clinton too. This year’s installment should not be missed.

AFROPUNK comes along with a strong dose of activism, and the festival is always representing a socio-political agenda that promotes equality for all. Read up on the theme, along with what else you can expect from the event, from the mouths of the organizers themselves.

During this important election year, with self-empowerment winds blowing through the air, the theme AFROPUNK has chosen for the 12th installment of the festival is “POWER TO THE PARTY.” Power, it’s a feeling, it’s an energy, it’s the undisputed connection between cause and effect – the best of us give it away, the worst usurp it, but living modern life to the fullest, means either mastering your relationship to it or walking in its shadow. We are not blind.

Party is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast individual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang – and the story of any party is never over, because like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.

Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group-mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim.

Join the party and feel its power. In addition to the various performances, AFROPUNK will provide grounds to a vibrant community of well over 100 craft artisans and 25 food vendors. Attendees will also be able to view original artwork and murals created in conjunction with the Art for Amnesty (Amnesty International USA) and Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). By providing an avenue for the community’s voice to be heard and celebrated the festival sticks to its roots as it aims to unleash freedom of expression while honoring the power of individuality.

For tickets, head over to AFROPUNK’s website.


Ice Cube

TV On The Radio

Tyler The Creator

CeeLo Green

Flying Lotus

Janelle Monae

The Internet


Featuring Members from

Bad Brains


Living Colour

George Clinton

Earl Sweatshirt

Skunk Anansie

Skye & Ross from Morcheeba

Young Fathers

Benjamin Booker

Saul Williams

Angel Haze


Trash Talk

Shabazz Palaces







Seinabo Sey

The Suffers

Sir The Baptist


Downtown Boys

Roman GianArthur

Joe Kay

The Whooligan


Eden Hagos



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