Lo­cal mu­si­cian im­presses Amer­ica

Daily Dispatch - - News - KYLE ZEE­MAN

The ac­co­lades and ado­ra­tion just keep flood­ing in for South African artist Nakhane Toure‚ with the star re­cently named among the 10 hottest artists to watch in 2019 by The New York Times.

The pres­ti­gious list is seen by many as a barom­e­ter of not only the hottest up­com­ing artists‚ but also those on the cusp of mak­ing it into the strato­sphere in the main­stream mu­sic in­dus­try.

We all know that the Amer­i­can mu­sic mar­ket is tra­di­tion­ally one of the hard­est to break into‚ but Toure seems to have sliced it open.

“The songs on his al­bum, You Will Not Die, delve into both trauma and re­demp­tion,” the New York Times wrote.

“They pon­der faith‚ plea­sure‚ ex­ile and be­long­ing; they tra­verse hymns‚ neo-soul‚ South African pop and elec­tronic dance mu­sic‚ and Nakhane’s voice crests in a vi­brant‚ an­drog­y­nous falsetto. Tenac­ity car­ries him to­ward joy.”

Toure was over the moon at the recog­ni­tion and‚ tak­ing to In­sta­gram‚ said he was “gag­ging” (we think with ex­cite­ment?) at the news.

He was con­grat­u­lated by a host of lo­cal stars in­clud­ing Bob Mabena‚ Atandwa Kani‚ Linda Mtoba‚ Loot love and Moon­child.

The news comes just months after the star‚ who is now based in the UK‚ caught the at­ten­tion of mu­sic vet­er­ans El­ton John and Madonna for his sig­na­ture style.


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