Yesterday (27 December), Solange posted a statement revealing that she’d been diagnosed with an Autonomic Disorder and, as a result, had cancelled her headlining Afropunk Festival set.
The show was due to take place in Johannesburg on New Year’s Eve. Though she didn’t specify what her disorder is in her public post, she shared the details: “Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all.”. On her decision to pull out of the headline slot, she said, “It’s a complicated diagnoses , 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.” However, she also stated that she would “come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance”.
She added, “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.”
Now, Afropunk have posted an online statement apologising for Solange’s cancellation. Their statement reveals they were unaware of her condition and decision to pull out from the line-up. It reads: “We only learned that Solange would not be attending this year’s festival within the last day. We value her as an artist and above all as a human being and understand that her health is paramount. Though we have worked with Solange on multiple festivals this year, we were not among the few who were aware that she has been privately dealing with this diagnosis.”
The organisers added, “We believe and trust her commitment to grace the 2018 AFROPUNK Joburg stage.”
“As confirmed by Solange in her statement, one of these events will be a solo Solange show. Once we have details, we will create a special discount code for 2017 AFROPUNK Joburg festival ticket holders to attend this show.”
Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Theo Parrish and others are due to perform at the festival, from 30-31 December.
Read the statements below.
Wrote, deleted and re wrote 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 been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , 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…..as 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.