Nakhane - MOVED TO ADELAIDE HALL
with special guest laye
*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO ADELAIDE HALL*
Nakhane, 30, is an LGBTQ trailblazer with a startling voice, in more ways than one. His second album, You Will Not Die, documents a turbulent adolescence spent wrestling with sexuality and Christianity, and is delivered with heart-stopping fragility. He has been openly gay since his 20s, but there was a time when, he has said, “I was convinced I would be able to ‘heal’ my homosexuality. I lived in constant fear; controlling myself at all times.”
By contrast, his music is fearless – emphatic Perfume Genius pop chronicling a journey to self-acceptance via sweeping strings, 80s synths, mbira-style percussion and the eventual rejection of his religious beliefs. The electronics are a recent addition, after years as an acoustic singer-songwriter in Johannesburg. But after making a club hit with house DJ Black Coffee in 2015, and becoming disillusioned with the folk scene, he ditched the twiddly guitars for strutting glam and electro flourishes.
W/ special guest laye!