Nakhane Touré, the beautiful plague

It’s dark in this room. There’s a bed, a lamp… Both nicely displayed.
Remaining vestiges of a glorious past.
In this atmosphere, one can explore this ordinary scene
through the eyes of a couple and the rhythms
of a surrealist tone coming from outerspace.
The gentle anguish is suddenly disturbed by a persistent
and crisp guitar sound, like a desperate call to light…
Artist Nakhane Touré sets the tone with The Plague, album opener of his latest EP.

Nakhane Touré, the beautiful plague

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Interviewed by
Catia Mota Da Cruz & Prisca M. Monnier



June, 2015. Montmartre. Paris.
Way before The Laughing Son et far after Brave Confusion, his first album, the South African artist has made a stop in Paris for a few days.
“On my way. Got stuck in a meeting. So sorry. Running to you!”
After a brief encounter in Johannesburg two months earlier, we meet again in Paris. When the man arrives, he is all excited. “I am living a FUCKING DREAM Guys!”. And as he sits with us in a Parisian terrasse on Barbes street, we quickly get engaged into the most exciting conversation…

BMG had just signed with the South African artist that same morning. And there it was, the news was told. Right there in the middle of bystanders totally unaware of what was happening in the young man’s life. The excitement is intense. And slowly, without us realizing it, we were starting to know the man behind the artist.



EP Visual |The Laughing Son| Photography: Tarryn Hatchett

Who are thou, Mr. Touré?

The mystery is revealed little by little and a face takes life as time and words go by… We hear the story of his struggle between his religious devotion and his homosexuality, what it took to escape from an identity and its paradoxical ways. “I truly became an artist when I stopped being christian”… We got to see how his love for literature inspired him throughout is journey. How fear, anger, happiness put onto paper helped him embrasse this new identity and gave birth to Brave Confusion his first album and Piggy Boy’s Blues, his first book.
At the end of the day, it was just a story. But just like a plague, it spread itself in the deepest part of ourselves (pardon my french). And as we contemplate his latest outbreak with The Laughing Son and his mind-blowing swirl of sounds beautifully designed, there is a clearly perceptible déjà vu going on here.
Smooth african drum flirting with violins…? That’s new! But that umph flying in that sweet and spice universe that he masters so well? That we know. That we love. And just like with Brave Confusion, he forces us to look into the Dark Room of our soul. And The Plague, presently number 1 on the TUKS FM South African Top 10, lives brilliantly up to its name.



// The Plague // By Mark Middlewick
A six minute short film inspired by one of the kings of dark photography Gregory Crewdson



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