On Saturday, 30 November, fans and avid music lovers gathered in Braamfontein to witness their favorite band being selected as the winner of AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands competition.
The competition, now in its 3rd year in South Africa, traditionally selects one band as a winner, but in a shocking turn of events, two competing acts, Muneyi and Shameless were announced as the 2019 winners.
Apart from performing at the AFROPUNK festival, the two upcoming bands will receive a prestigious distribution deal from Africa’s leading artist development hub, AFRICORI. Previous winners include the likes of Red Robyn, Ikati Esengxoweni and Stiff Pap who all have been steadily progressing in their music careers since performing at the competition.
Part of the judging panel was AFROPUNK’s co-founder, Matthew Morgan, who had this to say: “Every year, we get to witness amazing talent from young artists who are diverse and not afraid to express themselves freely in whatever form they feel like. The Battle Of The Bands platform has been a success in South Africa because of the multi cultural landscape which inspires raw and untamed talent which is what we witnessed tonight. Congratulations to all the finalists and we’re really excited to see their rise to stardom.”
Adam Tiran, AFRICORI’s Head Of Operations, described this year’s competition as “an eclectic melting pot of daring talent with the potential to shape the country’s music landscape.”
This year’s addition to the winning bands, AFROPUNK will introduce the winning act from London’s 2019 Battle Of The Bands contest to the South African market.
AFROPUNK Joburg takes place at Constitution Hill on 30 and 31 December.