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"Being a black African is a queer experience"

Desire Marea/FAKA

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.

In this podcast, 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.

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