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Film Africa presents
Sunday 29 October
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In a nutshell
One of South Africa’s most exciting talents, award-winning singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Nakhane plays in the UK for the first time.
Since releasing his debut album Brave Confusion in 2013, which won him a South African Music Award for Best Alternative Album, Nakhane has steadily developed as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist.
His 2015 EP The Laughing Son mirrored this progression. In the same year, his collaboration with South African record producer Black Coffee on the hit single We Dance Again showed Nakhane as an artist that can move effortlessly between genres. This unwavering creative pace continues with the 4 track Clairvoyant EP, released in October.
From the romantic and languid guitars accompanying an otherwise dark reflection in Hey, Lover, to the poignancy of the David Bowie cover Sweet Thing, Nakhane’s diverse influences unfold. The Clairvoyant EP is an exciting glimpse of what is to come when Nakhane's album You Will Not Die is released next March. The album was produced by Ben Christophers (Bat For Lashes, Hot Chip, Imogen Heap, Françoise Hardy).
The multi-talented Nakhane also released his first novel, Piggy Boy’s Blues, in 2015 which was longlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Fiction. Now he has won best actor at the Durban International Film Festival and the Spanish film festival, Cinema Jove, for his starring role in South African film The Wound. Following critically-acclaimed screenings at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival among others, The Wound will open Film Africa 2017 on 27 October at the BFI Southbank.
Citing Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Touré as an influence, Nakhane’s music also shows traces of Radiohead and David Bowie in the languid guitars and his beautiful soaring vocal harmonies.
Brought to you by Film Africa, the Royal African Society’s annual festival of contemporary African cinema. The festival will run from 27 October to 5 November at venues across London. The programme is announced early October: www.filmafrica.org.uk.
What people are saying
'An enigma of a debut, rife with complexities, swathed in a disarming honesty that holds you captive right through his tortured journey to clarity.' The Guardian
'One of the brightest new stars in the African musical sky - A wonderful singer and songwriter destined for a very big future.' NME
'Nakhane Toure is a gifted young singer-songwriter' Rolling Stone
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Suitable for ages 18+
This event is wheelchair accessible.