Nakhane Toure a talented actor, musician and artist, whose role as Xolani in Inxeba capitulated him into the South African spotlight and brought him both heavy praise and criticism. This dynamic individual started out miles from the city of gold and was born in a small town in the Eastern Cape called Alice in 1988 and moved up to Johannesburg when he was 16 years old and is the city he still resides in today. Growing up surrounded by musically talented family members gave him access to an environment of singers and choirs and allowed him to nature his musical passion. He changed his surname to Touré as a way of honouring his hero, Ali Farka Touré, the Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist, and creating the artist we know today.
His debut album Brave Confusion (2013) could not have been more fittingly titled, for here we find a young, black, Christian man singing love songs about other men in an environment that hasn’t exactly welcomed in the gay community with open arms.Showing just how powerful, expressive and brave Nakhane’s honest lyrics are. The album, an eclectic hybrid of genres and sounds that work surprisingly well together, something of a Frank Ocean meets with Prince.
Finally, after six years of struggling and wrestling with his sexuality and trying to fight the fact that he was gay, Nakhane describes how he just woke up one morning suddenly feeling better, at peace with who he was. It was this moment of revelation that lead him to endeavour to live his life openly, fearlessly and to the very best of his ability. Nakhane has since released his second album, You Will Not Die, and his completely mixed it up to keep us on our toes. Thankfully the unique sound and deeply moving melodies remain the same. We cannot wait to see what he does next.