Nakhane just had dinner with Madonna. Are they collaborating?

Pic: Instagram / Madonna

Our very own queer superstar Nakhane is making a splash in the world’s music scene. That’s evidenced by his recent high profile dining companion and gushing fan, Madonna.

Earlier this week, the queen of pop posted a photo of Nakhane next to Mykki Blanco, the queer American rapper, performance artist, poet and activist, at what appeared to be a restaurant table.

“Was such a treat introducing my 2 favorite artists tonight in Lisbon! @_mykki_ @nakhaneofficial #fearless #unique #inspiring,” Madonna wrote alongside the photo.

It’s not the first time Madonna and Nakhane have been seen together. In September the two were spotted having dinner in London and it’s been reported that they had earlier met in New York.

Nakhane’s fans were ecstatic that the award-winning singer, songwriter and Inxeba actor had dined with the music icon. There’s even been speculation that he might be working with the star on music for her upcoming new album.

Nakhane posted the same photo on his own social media account, but his comment focused more on Mykki, and in fact barely mentioned Madonna (other than crediting her for taking the picture).

“I’ve been in Portugal taking a break and writing music,” he said before going on to praise Mykki. “At a dinner I finally met @_mykki_ A few years ago when I was still a Christian and in severe denial of my true identity, @felagucci [FAKA’s Fela Gucci] introduced me to Mykki’s music. I was confronted with myself in a way that I couldn’t handle. I remember rejecting not only Mykki, but his music too. It was too much for me.”

He added: “Looking back now, maybe Mykki’s music and image were part of the things that nudged me to come forward and be honest with myself about myself.”

Delighted fellow South African queer artist and one half of FAKA, Fela Gucci, commented on Nakhane’s post: “Absolutely love this link up and uhm… You know just casually having dinner with Madonna too.”

We think Nakhane, Mykki and Madonna could create beautiful music together. It might also inspire the pop legend to FINALLY perform in South Africa!

I’ve been in Portugal taking a break and writing music. At a dinner I finally met @_mykki_ A few years ago when I was still a Christian and in severe denial of my true identity, @felagucci introduced me to Mykki’s music. I was confronted with myself in a way that I couldn’t handle. I remember rejecting not only Mykki, but his music too. It was too much for me. What I was really thinking was that it was ‘too gay’. I was using the language of the people who were oppressing queer people (whether they knew it or not. “It’s alright to be queer, but don’t be too much. Stop being ‘over-the-top’ with it. Assimilate!” It was too honest. It was forcing me to deal with a part of myself that I was trying, with every fibre of my being, to suppress. Fast-forward to 2018: I came across his ‘High School Never Ends’ song and it’s @dielamb directed music video. It encompasses so much that I love about art: It is beautiful, brutal, romantic, honest and confrontational. I was ready. Looking back now, maybe Mykki’s music and image were part of the things that nudged me to come forward and be honest with myself about myself. ?? by @madonna

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