Award-winning multi talented local singer, author and actor Nakhane, currently based in the UK, brings his You Will Not Die Tour back to South Africa at the end of November. After touring the world, the artist is looking forward to showcasing his work at home.
“I am really excited. I was upset that besides the few festivals I played in 2018 in South Africa, I hadn’t really performed the You Will Not Die album at home. It looked like we had closed that book, but then my agent said ‘Not quite yet. Your home country hasn’t seen you perform these songs’.”
And while he’d played on every continent except Asia, he’s looking forward to being on stage here. “It’s home. These songs are about South Africa and South Africans are incredible audiences. They get involved in the show. They are present. You feel like you are collaborating with them on the spot. I love that about them.”
As to what to expect from his performances? “Sweat and Feelings!”
Nakhane, who is currently recording a new album has had a very busy year – in a way that only someone with his variety of talents could: “I shot a film in Los Angeles called Two Eyes. It’s coming out next year. In terms of modelling and campaigns I’m in a Dr Marten’s worldwide campaign and a Gucci/ID Bloom fragrance one. I’ve written essays for Anotherman Magazine, Notion Magazine and New Frame and acted in John Cameron Mitchell’s Anthem: Homunculus podcast musical with Glenn Close, Cynthia Errivo and Patti Lupone.”
In 2020 Nakhane promises, “There will be new music, there is going to be films and I’ve decided to start working on my second novel.”
The Inxeba star, says You Will Not Die ‘excavates his religious upbringing, his personal conflict with religion that was incompatible with his queerness, and his periods of depression and anxiety’. But there’s also ‘love, joy and self-acceptance’, especially on the title track, in which he realises that despite the traumatic events he’s been through, he’ll survive.
This is where you can watch the You Will Not Die Tour in SA:
Thursday November 28
The Chairman , Durban
Friday, November 29
Young Blood Art Gallery
Saturday, November 30
Arts on Main, Johannesburg