The First Ever Planet AFROPUNK Live in Miami Brings Vibrant Performances From Skillibeng, Stonebwoy, YEИDRY, Mavado, and Many More Talented Acts from the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora
AFROPUNK festivals blend elements like food, dance, tech, and music in an effort to celebrate Black culture and enhance community understanding. This weekend, AFROPUNK hosted Planet AFROPUNK Live: MIami, bringing thrilling performances and a charged countercultural energy to the 305. Hosted at The Urban, in the city’s historic, and historically Black, community of Overtown, the first-ever Planet AFROPUNK Live: Miami offered a day of thought-provoking conversation, followed by two days of incredible music and activations like the Spinthrift Market, a shop market full of talented makers, selectors and curators from all across the diaspora, and AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘n Beats, the literal embodiment of “food for the soul,” which provided event goers an opportunity to indulge in cuisines from renowned chefs and local food trucks.
The first night of the festival brought energizing performances from the likes of Stonebwoy and Mavado, who made the crowd jump with raucous riddims from Ghana and Jamaica, respectively, as well as the genre-bending beats of ChocQuibTown, soulful Spanish-language songs from YEИDRY, and a blazing DJ set from Major Lazer member Walshy Fire. Sunday kept the groove coming, with a headlining performance from red hot dancehall artist Skillibeng, who performed his first-ever concert in the United States, a tasteful DJ set from local hero Silent Addy, a star turn from rising Afrobeats rapper Prettyboy D-O, and a surprise-filled set from Michael Brun, who brought out a litany of special guests from around the globe.