South African-based multi-disciplinary artist Desire Marea belongs to a new wave of self-taught performers that approach voice, music, and performance with an awareness of all the senses.
The tense, difficult work of Marea, who is also a part of the performance art duo FAKA, is inspired by various post-industrial, art rock, and dance music genres and deals with issues like loneliness, trauma, displacement, and sexuality.
Marea’s music has frequently featured themes of spirituality. While his 2020 debut, “Desire,” was an introspective exploration of the divine mediated through drone, noise, and club sounds, his most recent album, “On the Romance of Being,” looks at the relationship between the human and the celestial through a more communal, ceremonial lens—a perspective he cultivated during his time training as a sangoma for the past two years.
For Desire Marea, sensuality is a life force.
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