The World of AfroPunk Festival and the artist to watch out for this weekend!

Afropunk is an international festival that has been running for over 14 years, however, the one I’m most excited for is the one that’s on my doorstep of London! This year AfroPunk festival will cover a variety of genres from Grime to Pop and it’s all happening on the 22-23rd of July! Hosted at Printworks this year, the line-up boasts a variety of artists making the headliners ridiculously good! I’ve highlighted the ‘ones to watch’ for the upcoming festival and hope you will join me there and let us know your own thoughts.

Nao

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A British singer-songwriter from East London who has caused waves in the ‘Wonky Funk’ genre sound that she has created. When Nao first started in the industry it was as a backup vocalist to people such as Swabs whilst being in an Acapella girl group. After establishing her own music sound, she created the genre because she wanted to create her own identity rather than being put in the bracket of Neo-Soul.

Nao debuted as a solo artist in 2014 with the ‘SO Good’ EP the first of several EPs to date as well as releasing an album in 2016. Nao has also started up her own record label called Little Tokyo Recordings where she releases tracks from artists with similar sounds to her or the Neo Soul Genre.

Willow Smith

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A woman who’s been watched for everything from her quirky fashion sense to her musical ability, Willow Smith is another act you want to be in the front row singing along too. Willow Smith has made her own way up through the music and fashion world to be heralded as one to watch. Her music takes you on a musical journey with melodic tones and soulful sounds, you will definitely be swaying to her music. Willow Smith was one of the youngest artists to be signed to Roc Nation, Jay Z’s record label at age 11. Her career has climbed from strength to strength with accolades like ‘Whip My Hair’ to ‘Jimi’. Let’s just hope we get to hear this at Afropunk Festival!

Kojey Radical

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A man of many talents Kojey Radical is one of the freshest artists in the UK to date. Kojey is a London based musical artist that has a variety of talents including his poetry and visual direction. One not to be bracketed by a particular genre also, Kojey’s sounds can go from spoken word, poetry or rap and his multi talented creative directing have taken him a long way. ‘After Winter’ one of his more newly released tracks is one that he needs to perform and I anticipate Kojey to have amazing visuals to accompany during his performance that will mean he will put on a show that will make everyone stop and stare.

Corinne Bailey Rae

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The songstress herself who told us all to put her record on is gracing the stages at Afropunk Festival. Corinne Bailey Rae is a British Singer / Songwriter who has been nominated for Grammy and Brit Awards as well as taking home two MOBO awards. A woman who started off her singing in church Corinne fast became a success after turning her sights away from being in an Indie band and commencing her solo career. It was at this point that she became more soulful and we have the woman in front of us today. I would not miss her on stage, I mean even President Obama had her on his ‘Summer Night’ Spotify list.

JME

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One man that we definitely need to be caring about at Afro Punk Festival is JME one of the Co-Founders of ‘Boy Better Know’. The Grime artist has been known for his production, as well as his own music is someone who has definitely helped benchmark Grime through to mainstream radio. With collaborations with a lot of grime artists including Giggs and Ghetts there’s no telling as to who he may bring out to perform after he hits us with his monster records. JME recently used his influence to achieve positive outcomes like meeting with Jeremy Corbyn to help persuade the younger generation to vote. Let’s just hope Mr. Corbyn doesn’t come out on stage and is the only feature.

It is safe to say that the Line Up for Afropunk Festival is one that should not be missed especially with artists like the ones above. However, music is not all that will be on hand at Afropunk Festival, Printworks London has promised a space filled with artists, creatives, designers, food amongst other things. So, come join us at Afropunk and let us know when you are there!

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