Jakinda

The Cape Town-based artist's work is an exploration of afro-futurism, black masculinity and a spiritual journey of self-discovery.

Jakinda is a Cape Town-based conceptual artist originally from Johannesburg. His work is an exploration of afro-futurism, black masculinity and a spiritual journey of self-discovery. Jakinda is a runaway mkwhetha of the Mthunzi clan, rejecting the conception of manhood projected onto him. His music is a vehicle of escape to an imagined future free of the chains of oppression, allowing a complete unapologetic state of freedom through self-expression.

Having only joined the music scene relatively recently, it was his debut EP ‘I Can’t Sleep’, which gained him major attention locally and internationally, with various features on UK radio stations and websites as well as an interview with Between 10and5. In January 2017 Jakinda released his second EP Afrika 3000, which is said to be his finest work to date. The EP, is a culmination of Jakinda’s Afro-futurist influences inspired by traditional Zulu, Masai, Ethiopian and Tanzanian music. Afrika 3000 received positive reviews from local publications Platform, Between 10and5 and Bubblegum Club as well as London based publication, Khombo.

Jakinda is also one half of the recently formed electronic music duo Stiff Pap, with AyemaProbllem, which is growing healthily both locally and internationally. With two single releases under their belt and their debut EP released on the 7th of June 2017 via Red bull Studios, the duo are looking forward to an exciting future.

Jakinda’s futuristic sound has gained him respect from the likes of Maramza, Olugbenga (Metronomy bassist) and Jumping Back Slash, with the latter labelling him as his favourite Cape Town based producer and featuring a 30 minute mix of his music on Radar Radio London.