Acclaimed musician and artist Desire Marea releases a new EP titled “Baddies of Isandlwana,” a captivating musical journey inspired by the 1879 Battle of Isandlwana, the first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu war. This EP explores the lives of LGBT+ soldiers in the Zulu army, delving deep into history and identity.
The EP, comprising three tracks – “The Only Way,” “If You Know,” and “Tholakele,” is a powerful exploration of Desire Marea’s personal journey. The title, “Baddies of Isandlwana,” reflects the artist’s quest to find himself in history, specifically within the context of the Zulu army’s triumphant victory in the Battle of Isandlwana.
Desire Marea, known for their innovative approach to music and art, drew inspiration from their time living in Amandawe, KwaZulu-Natal. The EP seamlessly blends various South African nightlife sounds, including Gqom, Amapiano, and Afrobeat, creating a unique and immersive musical experience.
Speaking about the EP, Desire Marea explained, “This project is a trio of songs inspired by my time living in Amandawe, KZN. It’s an infusion of sounds that dominate nightlife in SA such as Gqom, Amapiano, and Afrobeat. The EP is symbolic of a time when I was trying to find myself in the world I occupied, which extended to my ongoing quest to find myself in history, hence the title.”
Desire Marea’s “Baddies of Isandlwana” EP is not only a musical masterpiece but also a testament to the artist’s dedication to exploring themes of identity, history, and self-discovery. The EP promises listeners an immersive experience, inviting them to reflect on the complexities of the past and the present.
“Baddies of Isandlwana” is now available on all major streaming platforms.