new music: check out obie mavuso, the queer south african singer songwriter on a mission to redefine “alternative” #soundcheck

July 25, 2016

“I don’t mind humans, but I prefer my own company,” South African singer songwriter OBie Mavuso sings on the disaffected “Humans” off her Cosmic Fire EP. The EP pulls at the tension between trying to fix the oppressive systems of the world and just saying fuck it and heading off on one’s own. The stretched out synths and dense atmospheric beats anchor OBie Mavuso’s slanted vocal delivery, highlighting the alienation and emotional weariness. As Mavuso explains to OkayAfrica “I am an alternative artist in South Africa, who happens to be black and queer. Everything about me is not what people are used to. I think it’s up to me to try and change how people view the ‘alternative’ being.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor