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’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.
“My ancestors gave me an instruction to record this with a live band. The reasoning? It was a way to ensure that the music carried the soul.”
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!