NAKHANE TOURE

FOLK / POP / FUNK
Johannesburg, ZA

Nakhane Toure (press photo) Credit: Tarynn Hatchett
Nakhane Toure (press photo) Credit: Tarynn Hatchett

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Nakhane Touré encapsulates what it means to be an artist at work in the twenty-first century: there is an incredible balance between Nakhane’s haunting voice, his intriguing presence and his meticulous artistry as composer and lyricist. The title of his debut album, “Brave Confusion”, sums up both the power and vulnerability discernible in Nakhane’s performance. But artistic command and musical ability seem to come naturally to the artist – not to dismiss the years of hard work he had put into his craft through sheer determination, love (and perhaps a dash of perfectionism). Nakhane had been immersed in music his entire life and his upbringing was both decidedly musical and Christian, which inevitably shaped him as a songwriter: from singing in church choirs from the age of six to becoming a skilful lyricist through studying the prose contained within the Bible: “It’s incredibly poetic – it inspired how I write, particularly my sentence structures. And it taught me how to take lyrics seriously.”

It is clear that Nakhane Touré is completely in service of music: he is not shy to cite and pay homage to musicians that have inspired him. His stage name ‘Touré’ is in reference to one of his musical heroes, Ali Farka Touré. His influences however extend to Sonic Youth, Patti Smith, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Morissey and Black Flag. Being such a humble musician, Nakhane has a curious, insatiable spirit, which drives him to continue creating and renewing – almost as though in conversation with his heroes. That said, Nakhane’s musical dialect can slide effortlessly between his own brand of “twenty-first century folk”, electric rock or Prince-style funk.

Overall, Nakhane Touré’s approach to music finds expression in the sense of alienation and the search for connectedness that seem to define our modern times. It would seem, then, that music is his personal religion.

Nakhane Touré’s video for “Fog” was voted ‘The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa’ at the Cape Town Design Indaba in 2014, and he won the South African Music Award for Best Alternative Album for “Brave Confusion” in 2014. He has also written a novel, “To Whom Shall We Go?” which will appear in September.


Nakhane Toure (press shot) Photo credit: Tarryn Hatchett
Nakhane Toure (press shot) Photo credit: Tarryn Hatchett

[FR] Nakhane Touré est l’incarnation même de l’artiste du 21ème siècle : il y a un équilibre hallucinant entre sa voix expressive et envoûtante, sa présence intrigante, et sa méticulosité artistique dans la composition et les paroles. Le titre de son premier album, “Brave Confusion”, reflète à la fois la puissance et la vulnérabilité qu’on discerne chez Nakhane Touré. Mais la maîtrise et le talent semblent lui venir naturellement (sans remettre en question les années de travail, la détermination qu’il y a apporté, ainsi que l’amour, et peut-être une pointe de perfectionnisme). Nakhane a toujours été plongé dans la musique : son éducation a été résolument musicale et chrétienne, ce qui a forcément beaucoup apporté à son statut d’auteur-compositeur. Il chante au sein de chorales d’église dès l’âge de six ans et devient plus tard un parolier accompli en étudiant la prose biblique. “C’est incroyablement poétique, ça a inspiré mon écriture, la structure de mes phrases en particulier. Et ça m’a appris à prendre les paroles aux sérieux.”
 

Il est clair que Nakhane Touré est entièrement au service de la musique : il n’hésite pas à rendre hommage aux musiciens qui l’ont inspiré. Son nom de scène “Touré” est une référence à un de ses idoles, Ali Farka Touré. Cependant, ses influences vont de Sonic Youth, Patti Smith, à Nina Simone, en passant par Radiohead, Morissey et Black Flag. Musicien humble, Nakhane est un insatiable curieux, ce qui le pousse à toujours créer et à se renouveler. Ceci dit, sa musique peut osciller facilement entre son style “folk du 21ème siècle”, et du rock ou du funk à la Prince.

Globalement, la musique de Nakhane Touré s’exprime pleinement à travers les thèmes de l’isolation et de la quête de créer des liens, des sujets qui font écho à notre société. Il semblerait alors, que la musique est sa religion.

Le clip de Nakhane Touré pour la chanson “Fog” a été élu “Plus bel objet d’Afrique du Sud” lors du Design Indaba du Cap en 2014, et il a remporté le South African Music Award dans la catégorie Meilleur album alternatif.  Il a également écrit un roman, « To Whom Shall We Go ? », qui sort en septembre.


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