Happy New Year glow getters! Time to set those style goals and slay for the next 365. New Year’s Eve in Johannesburg was all about that Afro, electric vibe. Good music, large crowds, African fashion in all its glory and aesthetic. This is Afropunk. Two days of the festival brought masses from all over Africa to South Africa, to usher in 2019 in a major way. This festival is filled with culture, art and memories that last a lifetime.
According to their page;
Afro: as in, born of African spirit and heritage; see also black (not always), see also rhythm and color, see also other, see also underdog.
Punk: as in, rebel, opposing the simple route, imbued with a DIY ethic, looking forward with simplicity, rawness and open curiosity; see also other, see also underdog.
AFROPUNK is defining culture by the collective creative actions of the individual and the group. It is a safe place, a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you.
South Africans are known to march to the beat of their own drum when it comes to fashion and setting trends. This is an event you would want to make sure you attend. However, if you didn’t make it you’re looking for images huh?
No one told us the story of Afropunk Joburg 2018 like Cedric Nzaka did.
Kenyan Photographer Cedric Nzaka also known as @everydaypeoplestories kept us on our toes, biting our fingernails, (whatever expression works for you) anxiously waiting to see all his images of afropunk because the few that we had seen were just -oh-wow- loss of words…
Let’s rewind a little bit. Before the festival began, Cedric tweeted that he was going to challenge himself to shoot the entire Afropunk festival with his new Sony Camera. According to him, from the look of things he did great. According to us and pretty much everyone who has seen what he captured, the word ‘great‘ is such a humble statement that does not do what we see justice.
Cedric delivered pure, fire, raw content that captured culture, style, fashion, beauty, personalities, creativity, individuality, moments, essence…why don’t you just see for yourself.
Afropunk Joburg 2018 by Cedric Nzaka
Check out last year’s Afropunk in Jo’burg here
Check out Afropunk in Brooklyn here