Grace Jones Is Replacing M.I.A. At Afropunk London
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:14:10
Over the weekend, Afropunk London announced that they would be dropping M.I.A. from their festival, and that they would be announcing a new headliner. Today, it has been unveiled that none other than Grace Jones will be the new face of the festival. The announcement was made via Twitter. The festival is scheduled to take place on September 24th at North London's Alexandra Palace.
M.I.A. was removed from the festival due to controversial remarks she made in an interview with Evening Standard regarding Black Lives Matter. Initially, the festival said it stood behind M.I.A., but has since changed their mind.
Meanwhile, M.I.A. confirmed her forthcoming album AIM would be her last solo effort. She made the comment while premiering "Go Off" on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show. "When asked if 'AIM' would be definitely be her last record, she replied: "Yeah, I think so. I wanna go and do some other stuff and take some time out." The rapper and producer didn't shut the door on future music projects entirely, adding: "I'm sure I'll put music out and make music, but as an album, this just came together after [November 2015 single] Borders and it just seemed like it wrote itself very quickly. I had to just go with it,"" NME reported.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff