For the second Mzansi Music Fridays, I’ve decided to feature another up-and-coming local muso, Nakhane Toure, also because he is making his debut at Oppikoppi today. This is his first big stage performance and I really hope I get there in time to see him.
Nakhane Toure is a Jozi-based singer-songwriter. His music has been desrcribed as blues, folk, Afro-urban, even indie-rock. I think its just awesome. I was impressed histogram beautiful lyrics, hypnotic melodies and his soulful voice.
Originally from the small town of Alice in the Eastern Cape, Nakhane grew up predominantly in Port Elizabeth before relocating to Johannesburg at age 15. His music influencers are varied, from the African greats of Miriam Makeba, Ali Farka Toure and Simpihiwe Dana to rockers Radiohead, The White Stripes and Velvet Underground, and folk singers Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. These influences are clearly evident in his music.
Nakhane is working on his debut album titled ‘Oh David, It’s A Sin’, but for now you can listen to his music on Soundcloud. He recently made the finals of Converse’s Get Out of the Garage Competition which gives emerging bands the change to play at at London’s iconic 100 Club. This is a fantastic achievement, I am surprised he is still unsigned. Watch out for this young muso, he’s going places.
*Image courtesy of David Batzofin Photography