Desire Marea and Fela Gucci are the duo behind FAKA, a cultural platform from the heart of South Africa whose primary goal is to create alternative representations of black queer identity. Given that the notion of gender is heavily influenced by Western culture, FAKA defend that African identities in general are queer, because they don't conform to the same patterns.
FAKA's artistic activism is modelled on the anti-apartheid cultural movement, but also employs strategies from advertising and pop culture. Although the duo work with all kinds of media (texts, photography, performance...), they mainly use music, drawing on sources ranging from queer hip hop (Mikky Blanco, Lelf, House of Ladosha...) to nineties South African afropop (Branda Fassie, Boom Shaka...) and local genres such as gqom.
Out of these influences, FAKA generate highly complex cultural products in which voguing intersects South African cruising spots, reality shows, gender theory, and gospel hymns. Aside from their capacity to absorb and mix cultural codes from very different fields, FAKA manage to be combative without sacrificing vulnerability in their fight for civil rights.
Desire Marea and Fela Gucci talk about performing masculinity and self-policing, vulnerability, Siyakaka feminism, South African pop culture in the 90s, racialised queer bodies, music as a medium and dealing with contradictions.
03:30 Queer Africa
10:35 Family matters
17:11 Homophobia and misogyny in South Africa
24:18 Language matters
29:23 South African pop culture in the 90s
31:07 Brenda Fassie
36:40 The Factory
44:05 The body as a medium