AFROPUNK Liberation Sessions Vol. 1:
Okzharp & Manthe Ribane, Sho Madjozi, DJ Lag, Phatstoki
7pm doors • 8pm show
Long before 30,000 people were showing up each day at the AFROPUNK festival at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park, the Liberation Sessions were regular, intimate gatherings of the nascent AFROPUNK community, taking place in neighborhood clubs and hangs around new York City, featuring films, live music and DJs, and a lot of real talk. These parties formed bonds, the crucible in which the core AFROPUNK community was forged and its worldly point-of-view activated. Now, we’re bringing the Liberation Sessions back, to National Sawdust, and building upon those gains.
The Liberation Sessions is a regular event that mixes music, media, activism and camaraderie, touching upon the sounds and issues that are galvanizing the AFROPUNK community. It will be musically diverse, media- and platform-agnostic, and most of all, unapologetically Black. The primary goal of these intimate gatherings will be the flowing exchange of ideas about cultural progress and social change. Curation of the Liberation Sessions will be handled by AFROPUNK and its community.
Phatstoki is a Joburg-based DJ who describes her sound as “non-genre specific”.
PHATSTOKI is known for her surgical transitions and her ability to mix a range of sounds, reading the room to get your body going off!
Phatstoki is one part of the Pussy Party team, a night that exists to create a regular platform for queer, femme and women DJs/ artists to practice, incubate, exchange, and expose. The party has received acclaim from local press such as Bubblegum Club and Between 10and5, and has steadily grown its stature in the city - in large part on the back of Phatstoki’s clear insights and masterful, moving DJ sets.
Her work as an internationally-exhibited photographer, and more recently film editor and director, have cemented her reputation as one of Joburg’s most dynamic and promising young creative minds. With a powerful ethical core and far-reaching vision of her peers and future, Phatstoki is luminary in her various and overlapping fields of interest.