Solange Cancels AFROPUNK Fest Johannesburg Performance After Autonomic Disorder Diagnosis

Solange encountered an extremely successful 2017 from performing at major festivals across the globe to being honored at prestigious award shows like Black Girls Rock! on BET. Now, with the end of the year nearing its finale, the “Cranes In The Sky” singer revealed that her strength to keep up with her demanding schedule is being tested.

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According to the 31-year-old’s recent Instagram post, she’s battling an autonomic disorder that has led to the cancellation of her New Year’s Eve performance at South Africa’s AFROPUNK festival. “The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder,” Solange wrote. “It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all.”

Autonomic disorders can disrupt the functions of certain internal organs in terms of heart rate or digestion, which can result in lightheaded instances or unstable blood pressure, Essence reports.

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The Grammy Award-winning artist toured her critically-acclaimed album, A Seat At The Table, which features ancestral and cultural commentary from her parents and Master P. Within her statement, the Houston native said she’s planning to get back in tip-top shape for 2018 to continue to share her music memories with fans.

“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,” she continued. “It gives me life.”

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.

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