Solange Cancels NYE Performance After Revealing Autonomic Disorder

By Joseph Gaither  |  12/28/2017

Solange Knowles

With New Year's Eve swiftly approaching, events of all kinds are already booked. Solange Knowles was scheduled to perform. However, she has now pulled out of a show in South Africa to bring in the New Year.

On social media, the singer announced that she will not be performing in the AfroPunk Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, adding that her absence stems from an ongoing autonomic disorder, which she has been quietly battling for the past five months.

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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"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... Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all..."

While there are various types of autonomic disorders, the singer did not reveal any details about the specific disorder she has been dealing with. However, Solange made sure to make it crystal clear that she will return with AfroPunk and that was immensely sorry to the people of South Africa for her absence.

" 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," she continued.

She ended her lengthy post thanking AfroPunk and all of the other festivals who knew about this health condition and continued to keep it confidential.

Fellow friend and AfroPunk performer, Anderson .Paak, took to Twitter to share his love and encouragement for his friend, wishing her a speedy recovery.