Solange cancels NYE Afropunk Fest performance due to ongoing health issues


American singer-songwriter Solange Knowles took to social media on Wednesday to announce that she will no longer perform at the inaugural AFROPUNK Joburg.

The festival which welcomes many of the world’s finest artists, creatives and music fans to Joburg’s Constitution Hill is scheduled to take place from the 30th and 31st of December.

In an Instagram post, Solange said she made the decision to cancel the trip “as part of the self-care” as she confirmed that she’s been battling Autonomic Disorder this past year.

Wrote, deleted and rewrote this like 5 times… Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share…

However, it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro-Punk this NYE.

The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It has been a journey that hasn’t been easy for me…
Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all.
It’s a complicated diagnosis, and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight and doing a rigorous show right after.

I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you…….but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance… it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways.

I can’t thank Afro-Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health kept it confidential and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows.

As a part of the self-care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018.

This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life…

Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.

Meanwhile, AFROPUNK has thanked Solange for her ongoing support, and for sharing this year with them at AFROPUNK festivals around the world.

Read the statement below…

-TNA Reporter