Singer Solange Knowles was supposed to rock out to songs from her A Seat at the Table album during AfroPunk in South Africa on New Year’s Eve, but took to Instagram to share a very candid reason for her canceling her appearance.
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…..as 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.
Called Autonomic Disorder, it involves much of your involuntary bodily functions; like your heart pumping blood throughout your body, or the way your brain is continually firing out synapses.
Symptoms of the disorder are wide-ranging, according here; and can include problems with the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, perspiration, and bowel and bladder functions.
Other symptoms can include fatigue, lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out, weakness, and cognitive impairment.
Nobody should be forced to perform for thousands of people if their well-being is on the line, and we wouldn’t be treated to Solange’s 100% best if she had perform while ill.
Rest up Solange, and take some time to heal.