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Desire Marea (South Africa)

Spiritual South African healing.

The KwaZulu-Natal born multi-disciplinary artist Desire Marea has cemented themselves as a creative force to be reckoned with. For years, they toured the world extensively with FAKA, a South African queer performance collective they co-founded with Fela Gucci. The group visited Oslo World in 2018. Now, Desire has embarked on an individual journey rooted in their own healing.

Born Buyani Duma, Desire Marea’s voice is a culmination of many South African voices. Throughout the last two years, the Amandawe based artist trained as Sangoma, a traditional Nguni spiritual healer.

Desire Marea - If You Know from the forthcoming EP: The Baddies of isandlwana, due Nov.9, 2023.

Desire’s eponymous solo debut from 2020 traversed electronic genres in an introspective exploration of modern love and loss. Their second album On the Romance of Being is immersed in the communal, ceremonial and healing qualities of music, recorded live with an ensemble of thirteen musicians.

The band includes some of the most prominent musicians in South Africa’s experimental music circles, and throughout the eight movements on the album, they glide effortlessly through post-gospel, spiritual jazz and the ancient music of the Nguni and Ndau peoples. FAKA was one of the big highlights of the 2018 festival. Five years later, we are thrilled to welcome Desire Marea back to the festival!

DJ adipop

DJ Adipop

Adipop is a DJ and beta producer based in Oslo. A music lover with years of experience in the industry who happens to spin tunes on the side. For almost a decade, she has played clubs, festivals, and airwaves such as NTS and Rinse, mixing dreamy and melodic electronica, unapologetically hard-hitting homemade beats with bussin references from dancehall and rnb.

Desire Marea will also take part in the panel discussion, Music, social agency and stage arts at Dansens Hus before the concert.

Read more about the panel discussion here (free entrance).

Check out the concert program for Oslo World 2023 here.

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