A celebration of Black excellence, Afropunk’s takeover of the Brixton Academy was a fitting end to the week’s celebrations.
The room reverberated with the sounds of Bakar, an artist who having just released his debut album on 22 May, captivated the crowd. Akala then strode onto the stage accompanied by projected stills declaring that ‘debt’s origins come from colonialism’s origins’, setting the scene for a set in which political empowerment came alive through music. August Greene, the brainchild of producers Robert Glasper and Kariem Riggins, with the rapper Common, heralded their UK debut by headlining the evening. Their set included a collaboration with Laura Mvula, whose voice shone as vibrantly as her highlight, as well as a tribute to Mac Miller, and Common’s romance of ‘Olivia from South London’. As Common dove into the crowd to end the set, Brixton was left sated, knowing they’d done their New York origins proud.
Check out our gallery from the event below;