Video

Nakhane Touré 'Christopher'

South African songwriter Nakhane Touré releases the video for 'Christopher' off his 2014 SAMA-winning album 'Brave Confusion.'


Nakhane Touré takes the screen once more with a video for his toe-tapping love song “Christopher” off the Johannesburg-based crooner’s 2014 SAMA-wining album Brave Confusion. Hitting a sweet falsetto that would leave Prince a bit envious, Touré sings of his virtual relationship with Christopher, whom he had met online. The single, which Touré jokingly calls a “stalker anthem,” is not only an infectious head-bobbing tune, but also played a role in snagging him the affection of the inspiration for the song (the two met up in person after the single was released and have been dating ever since). The Chris Wilson-directed video follows the rock and soul-blending artist as he gets his groove on through the streets of Johannesburg accompanied by an infectious guitar.

Touré's latest video release comes just days after RAMBO (the production moniker of Tshepang Ramoba) dropped a remix of another track off Brave Confusion, "Tabula Rasa," in which the BLK JKS drummer layers his own rhythmic soundscapes over smooth vocals from the original. Check the rework out below.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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