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Why Solange Knowles is withdrawing from Afropunk .

The singer was diagnosed with an autonomic disease. Here's what to know.

In a sad turn of events, Solange Knowles announced on Wednesday (27/12/2017) that she would no longer be performing at the Afropunk festival this weekend in Johannesburg.

Via an Instagram post she revealed that she was diagnosed with an autonomic disease 5 months ago. Despite this, she had continued to perform and thanked the many festival organizers who were aware of her condition, but kept it confidential to the public.

The singer explained that her doctors had recommended against a ‘lenghty flight’ and ‘rigorous show’ in light of her current health.

See the post below:

Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times… Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share… However it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE. The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after. I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you…….but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance… it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways. I can’t thank Afro Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows. As a part of the self care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018. This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life… Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.

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Autonomic disorders affect organs that regulate the autonomic nervous system. A disorder in the ANS would affect things like heart rate, temperature, breathing, digestion and sensation. Solange has not confirmed exactly which disorder she is suffering from, but they can often be caused by an underlying condition (like diabetes) or nerve damage. According to Healthline “Autonomic dysfunction can affect a small part of the ANS or the entire ANS”. This can be “chronic, or long term, and may continue to worsen over time.”

We wish Solange a speedy recovery!

But all is not lost, as the much anticipated Afropunk lineup boasts a host of talented local artists such as Nonku Phiri, Nakhane Toure,  DOOKOM, Laura Mvula, Spoek Mathambo and multiple DJs like DJ Doowap and Theo Parrish. Don’t forget international act Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals. See the full list here.