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Nakhane Shines In His Fearless Music Video for 'New Brighton'

The South African songbird tapped Nigerian-British filmmaker Iggy LDN to direct the richly-hued visual.

Nakhane comes correct with not only his music, but with his accompanied music videos—and his latest for "New Brighton" does not disappoint.


Directed by Nigerian-British filmmaker Iggy LDN, the South African singer is a striking vision, shining in the midst of a rocky beach as he journeys through a mansion full of remnants of what used to be.

Watch the video below.

Nakhane - New Brighton feat. ANOHNI (Official Video) youtu.be

Nakhane tells The Fader that "New Brighton" was written back in 2013 on New Year's Eve. Being present in his hometown of New Brighton, a township in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, he decided to view his city from the eye of a tourist for the first time.

"I couldn't ignore the many colonial names and monuments that were triggers and oppressive reminders everywhere one went," he says.

"I knew I was railing against colonialism, but I'd been surrounded by my mother and my aunts that entire December, and all I could think was how much black women had done for me, for my family and how it was them who held the black household together for so many people. Instead of these dead, thieving, white guys who claimed land as their own, our mothers were the ones who should have been celebrated. While all this was going on, when people were being brutalised: where was god and their angels?"

"New Brighton" features Britain's own ANOHNI on the track, where she sings the line, "Never live in fear again." For Nakhane, having her sing such a straightforward lyric held more power than we'll ever know.

"I wanted her to sound like an ancestor in the song," he adds. "Such a simple line, but sung by that voice, it becomes biblical."

The song will be included in Nakhane's rerelease of his 2018 work You Will Not Die, which is set to drop February 22.

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The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

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"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

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