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FAKA’s ‘Amaqhawe’ EP ft. Surreal Sessions Is Out!

FAKA Amaqhawe Nick Widmer Omar Morto Surreal Sessions Cover Artwork (cropped) by Nick Widner

Four months after their last single, ‘Uyang’khumbula’, one of Joburg’s favourite performance art/artistic activist duos, FAKA, have shared their latest 3-track EP, Amaqhawe – a followup to their NON-released debut, Bottoms Revenge.

As we reported at the release of the first single and the launch of the website that proves that “FAKA is more than a duo of musical and artistic innovators, but rather a “cultural movement” built around a revolutionary manifesto that they frequently dub ‘Siyakaka Feminism.”

Ahead of the EP’s release, our own Mohato Lekena posited that, “FAKA have always been a malleable duo – not in that their efforts are chameleon-like, blending in with whatever the background is, but rather the opposite – that the singularity and conceptual strength of what they produce is such that their processes can be applied to a number of musical contexts. ‘Uyang’Khumbula’ saw them tapping on gqom and sghubu sounds, while the rest of the EP sees them collaborating with Cape Club affiliates Surreal Sessions and Omar Morto.”

The duo of Fela Gucci and Desire Marea have described the EP as “the sophomore trilogy from South African duo, FAKA. The EP explores the intricacies of love and romance within the black queer experience, with songs touching on everything from self love, unrequited love, childhood love and transactional love. Nuances of the socio-political realities that (re)construct the expression of love are woven into the lyrical prowess that glides effortlessly over the drum-heavy soundscapes that define the genre of gqom.”

Stream Amaqhawe below, and let us know what you think.


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