& # 039; I can not go home & # 039;: South African artist reveals painful past

<pre><pre>& # 039; I can not go home & # 039;: South African artist reveals painful past

The lyrics of the South African artist Nakhane are emotionally charged and raw, for good reason.

The 30-year-old musician and actor was born in a small town in South Africa and grew up in a deeply religious community.

His education ignited his passion for music and his talent for performance.

But five years ago, Nakhane publicly declared his homosexuality and made the decision to renounce his Christian faith.

Nakhane speaks with SBS News.

SBS News

This month, he released his second album, & # 39; You Will Not Die & # 39 ;, an amazing document of the person he was, and the person he is now.

He said it took years to hide who he was before feeling satisfied with his sexuality.

"I grew up in a predominantly Christian household, so many of the people I am naturally were not welcome, and then I had to get away from that home," he told SBS News on Thursday.

"I love my family and they give me a lot of support, it was not necessarily my family that I was against, but the church I was attending, so when I left the church and started writing the second album, a lot of that Rupture formed the basis of what the album was made, and the opening songs were quite angry. "

A video of Nakhane.

A video of Nakhane.

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Nakhane recently starred in the Oscar-nominated film, "The Wound," a love story that tells the story of a young man's self-discovery.

The film takes place in and around a traditional initiation camp, where it is exposed to homophobia.

Despite its success, it caused controversy after its launch and sparked protests in South Africa.

The artist said he still receives hate mail.

"Many death threats, thousands, I'm still not sure I can go home right now in my province, I can go back to South Africa, but I'm not sure I can go home."

Nakhane now resides in London. He has plans to return home, but not yet.