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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.

15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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'Play Am' single cover.

Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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