SA artist a cut above the rest on New York Times list
SOUTH African novelist, musician and actor Nakhane Toure has cracked the New York Times list of 10 artists to watch in 2019.
The 30-year-old’s career was highlighted by the respected US newspaper when it published the list on Friday.
The acknowledgement appeared with Toure’s music video for his song Interloper.
New York Times music critic Jon Pareles wrote of the new album, You Will Not Die, that the songs “delve into both trauma and redemption”.
“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.”
This is among a string of successes for Toure, who has lived in Port Elizabeth and Joburg.
Last year, Toure was interviewed by Sir Elton John for John’s radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio. John had previously played Toure’s music on his programme.
During the interview, Toure spoke about being a black, gay man in South Africa and said: “As much as our constitution in South Africa is really liberal, the real world is a different place sometimes. I’ve had to kick down some doors.”
He starred in the film Inxeba – The Wound, which was released Early last year.
The film was banned in South Africa when the Film and Publication Board’s Appeals Tribunal reclassified it from 16LS to X18, the same classification as pornography.
Later, the X was removed and the film returned to cinemas. It is now available on the streaming service Showmax.
The film garnered much criticism at home for its depictions of Xhosa initiation rituals and its gay love story.
Toure told Weekend Argus last year that he received homophobic messages daily.
“The banning just made no sense to me. I sat there gobsmacked that we have entered into this fascist and homophobic realm. Are we so homophobic that we are going to say the only place you can exist is in porn?”
In 2015, he released his novel Piggy Boy’s