Solange cancels her visit to South Africa
28 Dec 2017 ENTERTAINMENT
By Motlagae Konyana
Solange confirmed last night that she will not be performing at the much anticipated AFROPUNK concert set for the 30th and 31st of December. She revealed that she has been battling with an Autonomic Disorder for a couple of months now.
Solange was greatly looking forward to being a part of this historic occasion, and as her statement makes clear, she has vowed to come back to Johannesburg with AFROPUNK at a later date,” said Morgan. “Despite this very sad news, AFROPUNK Joburg continues to look forward to welcoming many of the world’s finest artists, creatives and music fans to Joburg’s Constitution Hill on the 30th and 31st of December.
SOLANGE’S FULL STATEMENT
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.”
Her fans were disappointed and took to twitter their disappointment and sadness.
I'm angry at @afropunk! I'm sad for Solange because she's unwell but you guys carried on promoting like you didn't know.
You haven't even released a statement.
Please mate. Kelela or Frank Ocean. Do not bore us. You are already have those silly as rules. We deserve better
— Nandi 🏳️🌈 (@NandiJkj) December 27, 2017
WE KNOW there are other cool artists at Afropunk Joburg. I just would’ve never paid R1k for a Solange-less one and to not offer refunds because “artists are subject to change” is unprincipled when you’ve been using that very artist to draw people from all over the world.
— Kholeka (@kid_kumalo) December 28, 2017