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Solange Knowles to miss Afropunk Joburg

She was expected to headline the festival set to take place on 30 and 31 December in South Africa.

FILE: Singer Solange Knowles speaks onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on 3 July 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – American singer Solange Knowles has taken to Instagram to let her fans know that she will not be performing at the Afropunk festival set to take place on 30 and 31 December in South Africa.

She was expected to headline the festival alongside numerous African artists and US musician Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals in Johannesburg.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Knowles has cited health issues as the reason why she cannot make it.

“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 [sic].”

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.

A post shared by Solange (@saintrecords) on

Afropunk organisers have since released a statement saying the singer’s health comes first.

“It is incredibly important to those of us at Afropunk that she recovers and remains in good health. Her music and spirit has been a place of great comfort and inspiration to us as a community. And of course, we are incredibly saddened that she will no longer be performing at the inaugural Afropunk Joburg this weekend.”

Fans across social media have been left heartbroken, angry and disappointed with some just not bothered.

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