Building from her roots and exploding across genre and gender barriers alike, Kanii Axtro (real name Banzi Mavuso) has dropped a pivotal, burning new release, “Cosmic Fire”.
A musician and filmmaker, Axtro has been intrinsic in creating the influential music collective Jam That Session, which created platforms for alternative music in Cape Town between 2012 and 2016 – and she did the same for the SA queer space, through Queers on Smash and Blvck Queer.
“Cosmic Fire” sets the scene from her perspective and urges people to tap into their full potential through its African electro with a powerful dose of raw vocalism. Hollow, unpredictable beats meet visceral acoustics. It’s rough around the edges, uncomfortable in its power at times.
The video is a series of polished and rich portrait shots – in nature, in a night time haze, dreads piled ontop of her head, eye wide in accusation, shadows and burning skies.
“I am doing all I am doing to speak for people who look like me, from villages across Africa, who don’t see how they could start creating and being genuinely themselves,” she explains. That is something.