Music Manatee presents:
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Nakhane Touré is a South African singer, actor (The Wound) and author (Piggy Boy Blues) from Johannesburg, who’s second album You Will Not Die will be released today. Below you can watch the beautiful video to the second single from the album: Interloper.
This second album of his is influenced by his life as an out Xhosa, someone who was brought up with a Christianity of which he says: “When I was Christian and prayed to God everyday, I had only hatred for myself. Every day of my life, I was doing all I possibly could to be like everyone else, to be heterosexual. I was even convinced I would be able to ‘heal’ my homosexuality. I was living in constant fear; controlling myself at all times.” He found his healing in music and made an album that shows fragility and emotions as well as a lot of power and beauty.
Electronic music-duo Lal are from Toronto, Canada. “We are open to everything that inspires the creation of art and moves us toward a community where there is room for all – not just a few. We work to challenge oppression in all its forms. We want to forgive ourselves and each other. We want to give rise to compassion in a world that continually sells us cruelty. We aspire to make room for new ideas and ways of being that are connected to the past, while at the same time dancing with the future.”
Their album Find Safety was released in 2016, but they just put out the video to Dead Happiness, that was directed by Oliver Husain. Snow, penguins and lots of beautiful people in amazing costumes. Lal bring together a dynamic range of diasporic rhythms, that ingeniously integrates their South Asian and West Indian roots with jazz sensibilities, hip-hop and authentic soul – and it’s mesmerizing.
The Shna are shnarring in everlasting evilness. The duo from Berlin/Kassel, Germany mixes Grunge, Indie, Pop, Riot Grrrl and turn it into their own Gertrude Stein-poetry neo-collages. Lina Walde and Alma Weber both sing and take you on minimalistic musical journeys.
Fairytape (or is it a fairy tale?) is their newest album, released March 9th on Kitchenlegrecords. It comes as a limited run of 60 C30 red transparent, hand-dubbed tapes, with a cover artwork by Andrew Kemp + digital download and on bandcamp also with a limited edition zine.