FAKA / ZA
Sónar by Day - SonarXS
A South African duo formed by artists and performers Fela Gucci and Desire Marea, who employ sound design, performance, literature, video and photography in their constantly expanding practise. From these elements, the pair build statements that address ideas of belonging, LGBT rights and the spectre of postcolonial Africa, and translate them to the global stage.
Faka first emerged from the jo’berg underground in 2015, hosting and performing at the BubblegumClubbb nights at the city’s Hazard Gallery. From the off, their situationist colours and their political activism were both firmly nailed to the mast - as the title of their first show: ‘#WaitLorraine: A Wemmer Pan-African Introduction to Siyakaka Feminism’ attests. Their recorded output started that same year with the video for ‘From A Distance’ dedicated to anti-apartheid signer Brenda Fassie, followed in 2016 by the Bottoms Revenge EP. With each successive release the duo have further honed a distinctive sound, lovingly nodding towards the urban Gqom style whilst proudly asserting queer culture. For Faka, making uncompromising political art comes as easily as shaking your booty - which is exactly as it should be.