Queer singer uses mike to challenge stereotypes

S-Kay Mafu

A proudly queer singer/songwriter from Khayelitsha wants to use music to challenge the hate and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ community, much of which he believes stems from ignorance.

LGBTQ+ refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and others.

Though the world has come a long way in terms of accepting and embracing queer and gender-diverse individuals, there is still a huge chunk of ignorance that remains unshaken, says 29-year-old S-Kay Mafu.

“Many people from marginalised areas such as where I come from lack understanding of the LGBTQ+ community.

“And people tend to bash and attack something when they don’t fully get it. That is why I am joining the local music and entertainment industry as my authentic self; gay and beyond proud.

“I am hoping that my music and the way I present myself will make people realise that queer people are, in fact, normal and fully-functional members of the society. Hopefully that will lead to the eradication of the misinformed opinions that lead to the brutal killings of my brothers and sisters,” S-Kay says.

S-Kay’s latest single, Ndihoye, is available on all major digital music platforms.

The groovy, smooth-sounding song has sweet romantic narratives in its lyrics and was inspired by the singer’s appreciation for romance and love.

It was produced by Andile Aija Sangoni and Thabile Maxaulana of Nextdoortainment and mixed and mastered by Siphenkosi Messive.

Ndihoye is S-Kay’s second offering, with the first, Ubuhle Bakho, which featured Mbuso KaZulu and Lyrix, having been released last year.

“I am excited about my musical journey. I cannot wait for people to hear the rest of what I have to offer, while educating them about my community,” S-Kay says.