1st edition of the Afropunk festival in West Africa

This year, the Afropunk Festival was held for the first time in West Africa, in Dakar (Senegal) on May 2,4 and 5, 2018. The Afropunk Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates and unites the cultural pillars of AFROPUNK through music, cinema, skateboarding and art. The annual festival debuted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York in 2005, and has since culturally expanded the festival across countries. Originally founded by Mathew Morgan and James Spooner, the festival is inspired by Spooner's Afro-Punk documentary, released in 2003, which featured black punks in America. The festival originally aimed to provide blacks with an opportunity to build a community of predominantly white punk subcultures. To attract a wider audience, the festival has moved to include soul music, which has broadened its demographic target, attracting headliners including Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, ... Musical artists now represent a variety of genres, mainly known to reflect the Afro-American culture. The recent changes of Afrofunk to its various cultural windows, allowed the festival to build its masses to 60 000 participants.



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