South African multi-talented and queer entertainer, Gyre, is a force to be reckoned with. From our knowledge, he’s South Africa’s first openly queer rapper who is working tirelessly to change perspectives in the South African entertainment industry. Being a rapper means that he has to play in a culture that is often blatantly homophobic, but he follows queer revolutionaries such as Mykki Blanco, Young M.A, Cakes De Killa and Jay Boogie who have gone on to break global stereotypes about queer people in the entertainment space.
In celebration of Pride Month, Gyre releases his first music video for one of his best songs on his Queernomics project.
The song speaks about how, even though queer love is demonized in cis-heteronormative society, it is within that dystopian realm that true love is found. The song celebrates queer love for it’s imperfections and alludes to how these imperfections are what actually make queer love that much more special.
The music video was styled and directed by the talented Tutu Zondo who has worked with some of the best up and coming South African musicians like Langa Mavuso and SAFTA awarding actor, Niza Jay Ncoyini. The music video has cameos from young prominent queer and allied personalities in the entertainment industry from Mr Allofit, LeloWhatsGood, iindirhe, Rhea Blek and many more.
The Quarantine music is a protest of love and representation, and it is important. Gyre’s work should be celebrated for its groundbreaking nature.
Watch the Quarantine music video below.