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Johannesburg – The warm-up events intended to introduce audiences to the Afropunk Festival culture have built up the excitement on the streets for the grand finale, to be held at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, on New Year’s Eve. The organisers have held a series of music competitions, including a battle of the bands that will see the winning two groups each get a slot alongside US rapper Anderson .Paak, his backing band The Free Nationals, Solange Knowles and British musician Laura Mvula, Kwaito legend Thebe, DJ Cleo, Durban Gqom crew Rudeboyz featuring breakout star Sho Madjozi, and New York based Ghanean JoJo Abot. They battled over four strenuous rounds in which the crowds were the judges. Up-and-coming bands Stiff Pap and Automatic Live lifted the imaginary trophy. Their prize is performing at Afropunk New Year gigs next Saturday and Sunday. The Stiff Pap duo has made sure that everything around them is unique – from their music beat to their names. City Press talks to local bands Stiff Pap and Automatic Live about Afropunk

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