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Solange cancels New Year’s Eve performance, releases statement about health issues

on December 27, 2017, 3:10pm

Photo by Philip Cosores

Solange was slated to close out 2017 with a performance at Johannesburg’s Afropunk Festival. Unfortunately, it appears that won’t be the case, as the singer revealed in an Instagram post earlier today that, after being diagnosed with an autonomic disorder, doctors won’t clear her travel to South Africa.

“I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE,” she writes. “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.”

“Autonomic disorder” is a blanket term for any disorder that serves to weaken or incapacitate the autonomic nervous system. Though the specifics of Solange’s diagnosis are unclear, issues related to such disorders tend to center around heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion.

Over the summer, Solange claimed to have “broke out” of a hospital in order to perform at London’s Lovebox festival. “I was in hospital this morning. I was in hospital for three days,” she told the crowd. “After my show I had a serious episode and was told I shouldn’t perform. And so I broke out of that bitch this morning because I knew this place was going to be filled with so much love. Thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.”

In today’s Instagram post, she touched on her need to better care for her condition. “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.”

Read her message in full 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…..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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