Afropunk Festival 2017 is set to return to London for a second year of moving and thought-provoking music. GIGsoup has put together a list of five acts (in no particular order), that you should definitely check out if you happen to be heading there this year.
Representing for the North of London is Little Simz, who hit back on the scene last year with her sophomore album ‘Stillness In Wonderland’. Simz does summersaults with her words, and is always backed up by some seriously smooth beats. With an electronically tinged style, Simz is certainly a little bit different, and well worth seeing!
The Crown Prince of Hype himself is certainly not an act to miss at this year’s Afropunk. The “hipster rapper” is forever changing up his sound; whilst always managing to keep it tied together with his strange, unhinged vocals. The Detroit rapper’s unique style is unlike any other, and is guaranteed to bring a ton of energy to Afropunk 2017. Check out his albums ‘Old’ and ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ for a taste of his extensive musical range.
Kojey Radical is a very exciting British act to see on the rise right now. With a sliding, stream of consciousness flow, Radical has the flare of a poet, and the eye of a visual artist. His music, in the past, has inspired the pursuit of social change in it’s listeners and his messages of open-minded thinking and standing up to political oppression have won him many fans and followers. He is certainly not to be missed.
Bringing that sweet funky stuff to the occasion is none other than Thundercat; vocalist, bassist and collaborator with everyone and anyone who is bringing any kind of heat to the hip hop scene at the moment. Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu to name a few. His performance at Afropunk will no doubt bring a melting pot of wonky slow-jam vibes to the table.
Legendary as a poet/film maker/ musician and a philosopher, Saul William’s captures a kind of artistry and self awareness that is thought provoking. It’s hard to sum him up in a few sentences, but his alternative hip hop is so interesting and unique that he’s an act certainly not to miss at this year’s Afropunk.