Music Festivals

Planet Afropunk Landing in Overtown with ChocQuibTown, Rema, and Michael Brun

ChocQuibTown will perform at Planet Afropunk Live.
ChocQuibTown will perform at Planet Afropunk Live. Photo courtesy of Afropunk
Last year, Afropunk sort of made its Miami debut when it streamed from the Magic City as part of its Black Spring virtual festival. The event, which made its debut in 2005 in Brooklyn, seemed as though it was considering an expansion to the Magic City. (In addition to New York City, Afropunk also holds events in London, Atlanta, Paris, and Johannesburg.)

Well, that certainly seems to be the case now that the festival has announced Planet Afropunk Live: Miami, a three-day event centered on art, tech, food, activations, and, of course, music. All this will take place in the heart of Miami's Black community, Overtown, on May 20-22. The Miami edition will focus on the African diaspora, specifically its the city's Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latino roots.

Two of those three days will center on musical performances, including Rema, Mavado, and ChocQuibTown on May 21, and Skillibeng, Michael Brun, and Prettyboy D-O on May 22.

Weekend passes for Planet Afropunk are now on sale for $65, with prices expected to rise as the date nears.

Afropunk gets its name from the 2003 documentary Afro-Punk, which explored the role Black people played in the predominantly white subculture. While the festival began with a mission to explore Black-produced punk music, over the years it has expanded well beyond that to include hip-hop, R&B, rock, soul, and electronic sounds. Acts like Grace Jones, Bad Brains, D'Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones, Lenny Kravitz, and Solange Knowles have performed at Afropunk's events. The festival is also firmly rooted in activism, often pushing discussions of politics and race.

Here's the full musical lineup for Planet Afropunk's Miami event:

Saturday, May 21
  • Rema
  • Mavado
  • Walshy Fire
  • ChocQuibTown
  • Yendry
  • Bambii
Sunday, May 22
  • Skillibeng
  • Michael Brun & Friends
  • Silent Addy
  • Prettyboy D-O
  • Cool Blaze
  • Jai
Planet Afropunk Live: Miami. Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, at the Urban, 1000 NE Second Ave., Miami; afropunk.com. Tickets cost $65 via seetickets.us.
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