AFROPUNK FEST London Top 5 acts that shouldn’t be missed!

AFROPUNK FEST London takes place on July 22nd & 23rd at The Printworks for a day of live music and great vibes.

Across the weekend there will be some amazing acts performing at AFROPUNK and here at Niji we have put together the top 5 acts that in our opinion shouldn’t be missed!

Jamie Adenuga better Known by his stage name Jme is Tottenham born UK grime artist and CEO of label Boy Better Know, along with his brother Skepta.

JME latest album “Integrity” was released in 2015, fully independently. Many tracks on the album were produced by JME himself with production from Deeco, Joker, Preditah and more. With many big features from Skepta, Wiley, Big Narstie and more. The biggest song on the album “Man Don’t Care” featuring Giggs has 35 million views on Youtube to date.

BBK as a collective have been extremely influential in the Grime scene over the years, performing around the world and have recently played at one of the most notorious festivals in the world Glastonbury

Willow Smith is a 16 year old singer songwriter, actress and fashion icon. Daughter of Will Smith and Jada pinkett smith willow at a very young has carved a very successful career in a short space of time.

Willow launched her music career in 2010 with hit singles “Whip My Hair” and “21st Century Girl”, signed to Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation, she was the youngest artist to sign to the label.

Released in December 2015 ARDIPITHECUS is Willows debut album.

UK born rapper from Croydon, South London, Nadia Rose released her debut EP Highly Flammable on 13th January 2017 following the success of her hit singles ‘Station’, ‘BOOM’ and ‘D.F.W.T’.

Nadia rose is represented by Sony Music Group under Relentless Records.

Thundercat is an American multi-genre guitarist, producer and singer from Los Angeles, California.

Thundercat released his third studio album “Drunk” on February 24th 2017. Thundercat appeared on Kendrick Lamars Critically acclaimed album “To Pimp a Butterly” and in 2016 Thundercat won a Grammy for best rap/song collaboration for his work on the track “These Walls”.

Drunk is the third studio album by the American musician. It features appearances from Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. It is his first studio album in almost four years.

The Internet was formed in early 2011 by Odd Future members Syd and Matt Martians. Their debut album Purple Naked Ladies was released on December 20, 2011.

The bands second album Feel Good released in September 2013 which received major praise from fans and critics which the band then supported Mac Miller in London for the promotion of his album. Their Third album Ego Death was released in 2015 with widespread acclaim.

The SpinThrift Market

The SpinThrift Market showcases and celebrates the best of London’s maker community. For the DIY-minded, an array of one-of-a-kind and bespoke items inspired by African art and textiles. Jewellery, natural beauty products, apparel, housewares, books, prints, and more.

Across the weekend there will be many traders showcasing there products for sell. Here are a few companies to look out for at AFROPUNK.

Sunu Ker

Sunu Kër is Wolof for Our Home. All of their products are homemade, hand-blended, and inspired by the natural beauty practices and raw ingredients of Africa; the earliest home to all of us.

Sunu Kër was founded by British/Senegalese artist Aïcha Daffé in early 2016, inspired by her experiences of living and working in Senegal, West Africa the previous year. Like many young women of black origin, she had spent years and (not to mention a small fortune) building a hair and beauty regimen that worked for her back home in the UK, only to find that the natural raw ingredients she used whilst living in Africa provided results she didn’t even know were possible for her skin and hair.

She was captivated by natural hair and beauty scene happening in Senegal, lead by inspiring bloggers, doctors, photographers and hairdressers who oppose hair straightening and skin bleaching, and encourage healthy natural beauty care. She was keen to find a way to continue to use natures finest ingredients upon her arrival back in England, and began blending her own formulations of natural, plant-based beauty products for friends and family.

It was then that Sunu Kër came into fruition as a mission to provide healthy, cruelty-free and safe personal care alternatives to people everywhere

sunuker.co.uk

Paradise Print Fashion

Paradise Prints was officially launched in 2013 by photographer and artist – Fiona Compton. Working as a professional photographer in London for over a decade, Fiona never strayed far from her love of colour and of painting.

Lovingly hand-painting simple pieces from scratch, Paradise Prints has started from a few Facebook posts, to being part of Fashion shows in London, Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, St.Kitts, Nevis, St.Lucia and Washington D.C – including closing alongside some of the greatest Fashion Designers in the Caribbean. Paradise prints has been featured in several publications and on television including the Voice UK, She Caribbean Magazine, and Top Chef USA

paradiseprintsfashion.com

Dorca Creates

Statement Piece Leather Belts and Jewellery – Dorcascreates is a visual artist obsessed with big hair, monochrome patterns and unexpected things that make women beautiful.

etsy.com/shop/dorcascreates

AleroJasmine

“My fascination with interesting textures and prints and love for expressing my vibrant dynamic culture is projected through every piece made. Alero is often the name given to first daughters of Itsekiri (a Nigerian ethnic group) families. It means that good things are to follow or that the foundation to blossom has been set. This is highly befitting with the overwhelming support I have received for ALEROJASMINE. Thank you for allowing me to create sentimental pieces, thank you for embracing my bursts of creativity.” – Creator of AleroJasmine, Aasiyah

alerojasmine.com

Love YaaYaa

Love YaaYaa  was created by Nana Evans in 2014.

“Love YaaYaa was created because the high street isn’t providing a range of sizes or styles of leather belts. I struggled to find a leather obi belt that would fit me so I made a Black leather belt and added a strip of Kente from Ghana in West Africa. I wore the belt to a gorgeous event and received so many compliments I thought I must make these available to everybody. We all have different shapes and Love YaaYaa is about celebrating our differences and showing them in the most stylish ways. We help introduce you to a room! Love YaaYaa is a way of thinking. We want all our customers to feel and look great regardless of shape or size. Confidence and style are important to us. We have the largest range of colours and leather types available on the internet, all of our belts go from size 0 to 40 and we will make any size our customers require. We also go a step further and provide a range of widths from 1 inch to 10 inches because an obi belt will suit every shape you just need to select the width for your body. Love YaaYaa was created to do one thing – empower women to feel confident. Because we all know that when we feel confident, we hold our heads higher, we think bigger and we truly impact communities. Yes, at the very core, we provide accessories… but it’s also an experience, a story, a movement.”

loveyaayaa.com

Tickets are still available for the festival which can be purchased here: afropunkfest.com/london

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