The beauty of music is that it has no gender or sexual preference. Its magic transcends everything, prejudices notwithstanding. Although many LGBTQ+ people in many African communities continue to face daily harassment, anti-LGBT legislation, and societal erasure for being who they are, there are myriad queer artists who are bravely proving that they won’t be silenced.
In celebration of the pride month, #enthuse have compiled – with help from MambaOnline and Mx Blouse for OkayAfrica – a playlist of some of the hottest artists who have shown us what it really means to be black, queer and proud. This playlist showcases uncompromising musical excellence on the part of Southern African artists who just happen to be queer. From Deekaydidit’s mighty raps, Ms Afrikka’s ensnaring acoustic, to Ms Party’s fiery amapiano, it’s a list that traverses genres as diverse as the spectrum of queer realities and experiences.