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Solange Cancels New Year’s Eve Concert Due to Health Issues

“The past five months I have been quietly treating and working through an autonomic disorder,” singer says

Althea Legaspi Dec 28, 2017

Solange has canceled her Afropunk Festival performance while she treats an autonomic disorder. Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/saintrecords

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Solange has canceled her New Year’s Eve performance that was to take place during the Afropunk Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. The singer revealed she has been treating an autonomic disorder and her doctors have advised her to bow out of the trip and concert.

“Wrote, deleted and rewrote this like five 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 Afropunk this NYE,” the singer wrote on Instagram. “The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an autonomic disorder. It’s been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me.”

There are several forms of autonomic disorders, a term used to describe a breakdown of the nervous system that controls involuntary bodily functions. “Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all,” she explained of her symptoms. “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.”

On the advisement of her doctors she has canceled the concert, although she vowed to make up the show in the future. “I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back to 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.”

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Solange recently directed the video for SZA’s “The Weekend,” which was unveiled last week.

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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