Solange writes about being abused at Kraftwerk gig

Singer had lime thrown at her after refusing to sit down at New Orleans show

Solange has written about feeling uncomfortable when she attended a Kraftwerk gig in New Orleans.

Solange went to Kraftwerk’s show at New Orleans’ Orpheum Theater on Friday (September 9) with her video director husband Alan Ferguson, 11-year-old son Daniel and a friend named Rasheed.

During the gig, Solange tweeted about feeling the crowd were hostile to her when she refused to sit down during Kraftwerk’s set. She wrote: “Four older white women yell to me from behind ‘Sit down now’. I tell them I’m dancing at a concert. They yell ‘You need to sit down now.’” One of the women then threw a lime at Solange.


Solange has now written an essay, And Do You Belong? I Do on her website. In the essay, she said that Ferguson asked the women if they’d thrown rubbish at his wife. One woman replied: “I just want to make it clear, I wasn’t the one who yelled those horrible, nasty things at you.” Solange wrote: “This led me to believe they were saying things way worse than what I heard, but I’m not surprised at that part one bit.”

Solange continued: “I never called these woman racists, but people continually put those words in your mouth. What I did indeed say is ‘This is why many black people are uncomfortable being in predominately white spaces’ and I still stand true to that.”

The essay concluded by saying that Solange was still able to enjoy the gig despite the hostility. She wrote: “After you think it all over, you know that the biggest payback you could ever had (after, go figure, they then decided they wanted to stand up and dance to songs they liked) was dancing right in front of them with my hair swinging from left to right, my beautiful black son and husband, and our dear friend Rasheed jamming the hell out with the rhythm our ancestors blessed upon us saying…We belong. We belong. We belong. We built this.”