News, 06 November 2019

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Singer, Songwriter, Author, Actor and AFDA Johannesburg Film Music Production and Acting alumnus - Nakhane is an artist in its truest form, seamlessly able to move people with pen, spoken word or song. After featuring Nakhane in their latest television advert, Scottish Leader whisky will now bring his You Will Not Die Tour to South Africa. South African Music Award-winning Nakhane is based in the United Kingdom, and though he has toured the world, he is very excited to finally showcase his work at home. Catch him at three intimate and special shows in: Durban on Thursday the 28th of November at The Chairman, on the 29th at Cape Town’s Young Blood Art Gallery, and on the 30th at Maboneng in Johannesburg at Arts On Main. 

“I am really excited,” says Nakhane. “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’.” As much as Nakhane has “basically had a world tour, we’ve played in every continent except Asia and travelling the world is incredible,” he is looking forward to stepping 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!"

Lynsay Sampson, Marketing Manager: Whisky and White Spirits at Distell, says that Scottish Leader saw Nakhane as the perfect fit for their brand. “He embodies the Scottish Leader philosophy – that magic can be found simply by taking a different view on the world around you. Nakhane is an artist in its truest form, and challenges the status quo through his music. As a brand, we pride ourselves on partnering with young, local talent and we are honoured to be working with an inspirational artist like Nakhane.”

2019 has certainly been a busy time for the multi-talented Nakhane, who is currently recording a new album. Aside from the Scottish Leader advert, “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."

Born 30 years ago in Alice in the Eastern Cape, Nakhane grew up in Port Elizabeth before moving to Johannesburg at the age of 15. Nakhane has a ravishingly beautiful voice and plenty to express with it. His album 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, not least on the title track, in which Nakhane realises that despite the traumatic events he’s been through, he’ll survive.  

Nakhane’s achievements are not confined to music and literature. In 2017 he starred in The Wound, a film about homosexuality in the Xhosa community, which got shortlisted for the best foreign language film at last year’s Oscars. He’s a polymath, then: but a musician first and foremost, with You Will Not Die showcasing him in full bloom. 

This is where you can watch the You Will Not Die Tour in SA: 

Thursday 28th of November

The Chairman , Durban

Cover charge: R200 presales on Howler; R250 at the door 

Friday 29th of November

Young Blood Art Gallery

Cape Town

Cover charge: R150 presales on Howler; R200 at the door

Saturday 30th of November

Arts on Main, Johannesburg

Cover charge: R200 presales on Howler; R250 at the door 

Here is the listings page link with all 3 events on:



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