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Meet the Black & Queer Singer-Songwriter Toppling Constructs of Power & Perception in South Africa

Cape Town singer-songwriter OBie Mavuso on her new EP, 'Cosmic Fire'

“I am an alternative artist in South Africa, who happens to be black and queer. Everything about me is not what people are used to,” says OBie Mavuso on the topic of putting out music as a black, queer artist in a predominantly heterosexual, cisgendered and masculine scene. For the 25-year-old singer-songwriter based in Cape Town, being taken seriously as a musician is a daily challenge, but it’s something she takes ownership of.

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