The much anticipated Single by Aluta Humbane is just around the corner, This after recovering from his USA, New York Tour, alongside visual activist Professor Sir Zanele Muholi, which saw them take over the Performa 17 Biennial in Time Square and other performances in Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.
The release of the Single ‘Nami Ngithanda Indoda’ is scheduled for 14th February 2018 (Valentine’s Day). On all online stores.
The title of the song, meaning ‘I also love a man’ has reverse psychological impact when said out loud, especially to the mind of a homophobe which coincides with the controversies around the movie Inxeba and the recent assault that took place at Kwa Shembe where gays were assaulted after being caught in an intimate space, which all in turn sparked dialogue as South Africans debate around issues of Culture, Sexuality and tolerance. As many celebrate valentines, some are deprived of that opportunity due to their personal choices and or partners. The song is the voice for the many who find themselves in that situation.
Aluta Humbane, whom identifies as gay articulates through the single the pyscho-social impacts of intolerance to one’s personal choices; and interrogates how love and intimacy is still very political – which in turn has adverse psychological impact.
The inspiration behind Nami Ngithanda Indoda came a week before the death of Mama Busi Mhlongo in 2010. This was at the launch of a production by Director and producer Duma Ka Ndlovu at the Durban Playhouse, in conversation with the late international superstar he shared the words which inspired the hook ‘Kunani ‘mangithanda Indoda’ (what is wrong if I love a man) as Aluta recollects her words.
“Mntanami, South Africa has been good to me, these are my last days, ngicela uhloniphe i-arts. Please use arts as means to reflect society, use arts as indlela to heal others, use your craft the right way. Impact the world just as a doctor uses science to save someone, I can’t be saved, maybe YOU can save someone with your music. Nawe, use your craft to change the world, I have travelled the whole world, but South Africa is my home, I was born here…fix your home, don’t run away abroad, for in the end you will have to come back. It’s your moral duty” – Busie Mhlongo.
Her words planted a need for me to embark on a journey of healing through music, amidst so much hate and homophobic attacks and deaths that is experienced, for I myself have suffered greatly at the face of a society which is very judgemental. ‘Nami Ngithanda Indoda’ is the bold brave voice of many whom wish to speak, but silenced by fear. Silenced by a judgemental society, when love is suppressed.
The song also attempts to acknowledge the good men in society, the noble loving men whom are subsequently included in the generalisation of the male species negatively. Men are ultimately the ying or yang to our chi, so when there is a special deserving man, this valentines he deserves to be acknowledged and defended from the rest.
Hailed as Africa’s Sam Smith due to his approach, electrifying live performances and lyrical content, Aluta’s more than a decade experience in the music industry set his music aside from the common cabaret and drag production of music and fits it into mainstream music. Drawing on the influences of great artists for which some has interacted and or worked with in his career, artists such as the late Busi Mhlongo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Jill Scott, John Legend, Rachelle Farrell, Kirk Franklin all have made contributions in the musical elements which he has fused so intricately to create a funky fresh sound that he calls ‘Smashy Funk’ infused with Sangoma inspired Rhythms.
“No LGBTIQ+ musician in Africa has confronted the music as I have, and it is discerning to always be represented through a heterosexual perspective, my music is for the marginalised, the albinos, the disabled, the rejected from society, yet those who all ail to love and be loved. ‘Nami Ngithanda Indoda like most of my music comes from a very spiritual place, many souls ail to scream their fantasies and reliefs. This then becomes an anthem for those whose interest and choices in love are overlooked. Replacing hate for love can only be achieved by planting love. ‘I too love a man, I too have the same blood’. I too am a human, understanding that, opens the gates to appreciating ones existence” – Aluta Humbane.