This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous

Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, and more.

Photographer Ethan Holland
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous

The punkest thing that happened at the 11th annual Afropunk Fest this weekend was 67-year-old Grace Jones, topless and covered in paint, hula-hooping with as much strength and casual excellence as ever. When she took the stage on Saturday night, it was after an epic line-up featuring the likes of Kelis, SZA, and Lauryn Hill, who played on despite her sound and lights being cut off.

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Lenny Kravitz headlined the second day of the festival, after performances by Goldlink, Kelela, Thundercat, and many others across Afropunk's three stages. Check out photos of some of the performers below, and for a history lesson, read about the festival's origins in a documentary and message board community.

This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Qu'ah of Wc Kids  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Qu'ah of Wc Kids  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Lion Babe  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Legondary Damon  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Kelis  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Adia Victoria  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Raury  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Goldlink  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Goldlink  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous UNiiQU3 and Brenmar  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Ms. Lauryn Hill  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Ms. Lauryn Hill  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Grace Jones  
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This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Grace Jones  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Lenny Kravitz  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Lenny Kravitz  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous Lenny Kravitz  
This Year’s Afropunk Performances Were Absolutely Gorgeous