Afropunk Announces M.I.A., Gaika, Sza For First Uk Festival

Check out the line up for the iconic festival's first ever UK event

Afropunk Announces M.I.A., Gaika, Sza For First Uk Festival

Check out the line up for the iconic festival's first ever UK event

Afropunk made it's name with a series of events in Brooklyn supporting alternative black musicians. Since starting out in 2013, they have branched out to run festivals around the globe - and 2016 sees the first UK showcase. Taking place in the Alexandra Palace on September 24th, the first wave of acts have been announced, and feature a rare UK performance from M.I.A. Here's the current names;

M.I.A

SZA

WORD SOUND POWER feat Akala, Dreadzone and Don Letts

Benjamin Booker

GAIKA

Ho99o9

Purple Ferdinand

Cakes Da Killa

Vodun

Youth Man

Soulection

NTS Radio

From the Afro Punk PR - Music aficionados have twelve hours of specially-curated programming in store, with heritage acts and fresh talent from dub, reggae, roots, hip-hop, punk, grime, pop genres, plus plenty in-between. Spreading the AFROPUNK message to the UK is M.I.A, with her only London date in 2016 to accompany the long-awaited ‘Matahdatah’ album, plus the UK debut from the first lady of Top Dawg Entertainment SZA, and a spoken word collaboration from Akala, Dreadzone and Don Letts ‘WORD SOUND POWER.’ Ho99o9’s hardcore non-conformist hip-hop, Benjamin Booker’s punk-infused blues, and GAIKA’s tripped-out leftfield sound all feature, plus mellow soul from Purple Ferdinand and raunchy rap from acclaimed artist Cakes Da Killa. Cakes Da Killa also takes the reins on a special coming-out celebration, details to follow. Vodun’s psych-soul experiments are part of proceedings, as well as distinctly British punk from Youthman. LA’s ‘Soulection’ and London’s ‘NTS Live’ are the epitome of the AFROPUNK no-holds-barred music policy, and the partners will have station affiliates from each camp representing.

Tickets for the one day event go on sale on June 16th - grab them direct from the Afropunk website.

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