Grace Jones will replace M.I.A. as the headliner of the inaugural Afropunk Festival in London. The announcement comes following Afropunk team’s decision to drop the British/Pakistani political artist off the event, after the huge backlash caused by her statements regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
The event will take place at Alexandra Palace on September 24, and will feature the likes of SZA, MNEK and Kwabs.
I speak as loud as the volume I listen to music, and this is probably symptomatic of my love for pop music: I love pop music because it is often unapologetically in-your-face, it shouts rather than tell, it drives you crazy. And after 21 years loving pop music, I think I’ve completely gone mad. It all started in 1997, when my mum bought me my first cassette: needless to say, it was ‘Barbie Girl’ by Aqua, and from that point on, it’s been a never-ending loving relationship between me and music. I study, work and live life part-time, and listen to music full-time.