Amazing singer/songwriter, Nakhane Toure, will be enjoying the lovely Pretoria sun and the beautiful people this coming Sunday at Park Acoustics, guitar in hand and smile on his face. If you have never seen or heard of this talented musician, let me tell you that you will be very pleasantly surprised!! We caught up with Nakhane for a short chat, check what he had to say:
Interview: NAKHANE TOURE
- Hi Nakhane, its a HUGE pleasure to be chatting to you!!
Hi. Great chatting to you too
- Before we get started, please tell us about yourself, how you got started in music, to where you are at the moment?
Well, I was born in a small town in the Eastern Cape, called Alice. Grew up predominantly in Port Elizabeth (even though I flitted between Mdantsane and Bhisho) and moved to Johannesburg when I was 15.
Music has always been a big part of my family. All the women (and some of the men) in my family sang in choirs and participated in choir festivals, travelling the country and also going overseas. So I grew up in that atmosphere: getting home to finish my homework, then mom’s choir practice in the evening. When I started school in P.E I started playing instruments, while also being involved in musicals and school choirs as well. At around 20, I began writi ng my own music.
- How would you describe your “sound”?
I simply call my sound ‘Soul Music’
- What would you say are some of your biggest influences and inspirations as a solo artist?
It is really diverse: from my own life, to literature, to the political status quo, to other musicians
- To date, what has been your best gig / achievement as musicians/band?
That I can wake up every morning and work on what I love and be able to make a living out of it. Everything else, is really a bonus.
- What are your thoughts on the local music scene at the moment?
I think the local scene is growing, and musicians are making some of the best music I’ve heard from our country. There is an actual hunger for what South African musicians have to say, even though there is still a preference for musicians from abroad, but all in due time. On the other hand, the ‘scene’ is still as racially fragmented as it always has been. So… it’s a bit complicated
- You are playing alongside Matthew Mole, Bye Beneco and many others at Park Acoustics on the 26th April. Are you excited for this event? What can we expect from your set??
Yes, I am very excited. It’s my first time playing the festival, and I’ve heard some really great things about it. My sets have become bolder and more extroverted than before, so expect me, and what I stand for
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1601545673465244/
- Are you working on any other projects that we might be interested in?
At the moment I am working on my second album. Also, a novel which is being published by Jacana Media in September
- Where can people follow you guys?
- Finally, if you could open for any band/artist in the world, who would that be for?
Frank Ocean and Wild Beasts
Here is a small taste on what to expect this Sunday at Park Acoustics:
Nakhane Toure – Christopher (Just Music Sessions LIVE)