By: Sandy Nene
FAKA, a cultural movement established by Fela Gucci and Desire Marea, has come to represent more than the “performance art duo” descriptor that has defined the collective since their inception in 2015. –

There are many other countries we’d like to perform in but most of Africa has anti-homososexual laws so that makes it difficult.

What’s in the name? FAKA means to penetrate and occupy. What are we occupying? Spaces that exclude us. Spaces such as liberation narratives and creative culture at large.

Do you guys have professional careers? What are they? Desire works as a Copywriter at an advertising agency. Fela is a photographer and DJ.

What is your aim with this movement? It has always been to create a strong consolidated voice that represents us and many others who are not represented in popular culture.  

Where are you guys from? Desire is from Amandawe in the South Coast of KZN. Fela is from Katlehong in the Eastrand of Gauteng.

What’s the best thing that forming this duo has brought to your lives? Making something out of nothing but our passion, really. Actually achieving our goal of representing and inspiring people with a history of violent misrepresentation. Seeing young queer, trans, non-binary and non-conforming people being visible and feeling empowered enough to create counternarratives for their own liberation. Travelling the world and teaching people about our power as black queer spiritual beings. We could go on forever.

What does being free mean to you? The freedom to be, and the freedom to move freely without fearing for your life. The freedom of dreaming freely without being imprisoned by your economic reality.

You have inspired a lot of people online with your brave persona and RAW personalities, what does this mean to you as a duo? That means we are fulfilling our purpose. It  inspires us to carry on challenging ourselves and the society we live in.

Give me 5 things that people do not know about the duo FAKA?

  1. We are actually very shy and reserved people.
  2. We love food.
  3. Mink blankets are a national treasure.
  4. We dream of marrying the boys of Black Motion or Distruction Boyz.
  5. We are very spiritual people.

What’s next for FAKA? We will see where the work takes us. But our aim for this year is to achieve more visibility in the country because that is our primary audience, those are the people whose perceptions we’d like to shift.

Give me 5 places around Africa you’d love to perform at next?

  1. Mali
  2. Ivory Coast
  3. Democratic Republic of Congo
  4. Rwanda
  5. Burkina Faso