Nakhane's Cape Town show is sold out but here's how you can still see him in Durban and Jozi

Nakhane (Photo: Getty)
Nakhane (Photo: Getty)

Cape Town – South African artist Nakhane is bringing his You Will Not Die Tour to South Africa with shows in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. 

The award-winner is based in the United Kingdom, and though he has toured the world, he is very excited to finally showcase his work at home. Catch him at three intimate and exclusive shows in Durban on Thursday 28 November at The Chairman, for a sold-out show on 29 November at Cape Town's Young Blood Art Gallery, and on 30 November in Maboneng, Johannesburg at Arts On Main. 

Pre-sale tickets are now available from Howler's website or at the door. 


Born 30 years ago in Alice in the Eastern Cape, Nakhane grew up in Port Elizabeth before moving to Johannesburg at the age of 15. Nakhane has a ravishingly beautiful voice and plenty to express with it. His album You Will Not Die excavates his religious upbringing, his personal conflict with religion that was incompatible with his queerness, and his periods of depression and anxiety.

But there's also love, joy and self-acceptance, not least on the title track, in which Nakhane realises that despite the traumatic events he's been through, he'll survive. Nakhane's achievements are not confined to music and literature. In 2017 he starred in The Wound, a film about homosexuality in the Xhosa community, which got shortlisted for the best foreign-language film at last year's Oscars. He's a polymath, then: but a musician first and foremost, with You Will Not Die showcasing him in full bloom. 

2019 has undoubtedly been a busy time for the multi-talented Nakhane, who is currently recording a new album. Aside from the Scottish Leader advert.

In a statement to the press Nakhane elaborated: "I shot a film in Los Angeles called Two Eyes. It's coming out next year. In terms of modelling and campaigns, I'm in a Dr Marten's worldwide campaign and a Gucci/ID Bloom fragrance one. I've written essays for Another man Magazine, Notion Magazine and New Frame and acted in John Cameron Mitchell's Anthem: Homunculus podcast musical with Glenn Close, Cynthia Errivo and Patti Lupone. In 2020 Nakhane promises "There will be new music, there is going to be films, and I've decided to start working on my second novel."


"I am really excited," says Nakhane. "I was upset that besides the few festivals I played in 2018 in South Africa, I hadn't really performed the You Will Not Die album at home. It looked like we had closed that book, but then my agent said 'Not quite yet. Your home country hasn't seen you perform these songs'. "As much as Nakhane has "basically had a world tour, we've played in every continent except Asia and travelling the world is incredible," he is looking forward to stepping on stage here. "It's home. These songs are about South Africa, and South Africans are incredible audiences. They get involved in the show. They are present. You feel like you are collaborating with them on the spot. I love that about them." As to what to expect from his performances? "Sweat and Feelings!"



DATE: Thursday 28 November

VENUE: The Chairman 

COVER CHARGE: R200 pre-sales on Howler; R250 at the door


DATE: Friday 29 November

VENUE: Young Blood Art GalleryCape Town

COVER CHARGE: R150 pre-sales on Howler; R200 at the door


DATE: Saturday 30 November

VENUE: Arts on Main

COVER CHARGE: R200 pre-sales on Howler; R250 at the door

(Compiled by Alex Isaacs)

(Photo: Getty Images)