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"Using art to ask pertinent questions and reject societal norms, Nakhane is a creative force in the purest form"'
You might remember Nakane Toure as one of the leading actors in one of the 2017 film that caused a stir in South Africa, Inxeba (The Wound) which was released in 2017. Nakhane Toure is seen by many as a young African talent and who is redefining the way that homosexual people are viewed by the mainstream. Nakhane is an educated, culturally aware talent who critiques and analyzes himself and his surroundings to create the purest form of art, yet this receives less attention than his sexuality in South Africa. He recently lit up the stage and had all ages of the audience dancing through the night at the 2018 MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland.
When asked about the value of education as against talent, Nakhane expresses his belief that artistry does not exist without talent. However, he provides the rationale for education by highlighting that studying music taught him the rules and according to him, “Once I knew the rules, I could decide which rules I did not want to adhere to. Education teaches you technique, but art is more than technique and under¬standing technique without having any talent makes you a craftsman,” by Nakhane’s standards.
In addition, he explains his view on a society that views heterosexuality as the norm – heteronormativity – from he calls it. He elaborates that he constantly must answer questions about his sexuality, and wonders “What if the tables were turned? What if heterosexual people were asked about their sexuality all the time?” in an effort to illustrate how tir¬ing this line of questions can become. Nakhane is aware that his openness about his sexuality is an aid in the battle towards the society he envisions. On this he says, “I understand that this is subversive, and that it is very important. As far as things look now, it seems like we’ve got a bit of a distance to go.”
"Doing what I want, how I want to do it. That is success to me. Not compromising on my art. Not compromising in my life. Discovering new things in my work. Never repeating myself."