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Open Call: Nkululeko Compilation Album


Future Kwaai Records is calling for music, sound art, and recorded poetry submissions that respond to the theme of "Nkululeko: Freedom" in South Africa. Emerging artists over the age of 18, who identify as BIPOC femme, queer, trans, or non-binary, are encouraged to apply.


It’s been 28 years since democracy in South Africa and while we have come a long way in terms of recognizing the human rights of all people, there is still a long way to go. Gender-based violence, femicide, hate crimes, homophobia/transphobia, and corrective rape remain major issues in our current landscape.


Nkulukeo (Freedom) is a workshop and compilation project designed to bring together BIPOC queer, trans and non-binary artists and musicians in South Africa to collaborate on songs about upliftment, healing, and freedom in modern-day South Africa. This is a part of OneBeat Accelerator. The songs, sound art, poetry, and music will be showcased in a special 1 hour Pride Edition podcast of Chakra Huns on Other Radio to mark the release of South Africa’s first queer compilation album. The album will feature the successful submissions and artists in SA. This will be available on streaming services across the web and advertising to different queer-friendly media across the world. The project will be released in time for October 2022, which marks Pride Month in South Africa and it boldly celebrates the local LGBTQI+ community. Artist will be asked to conduct interviews with different local and international media as part of the promotion of the album. The artist will retain ownership of their music and sound art copyright and royalties thereof. 30% of the proceeds of the album will go towards The Pride Shelter Trust in Cape Town.


The chosen artists will take part in a one-week workshop about songwriting, collaboration, and music technology and will receive a R1500 stipend for their works and participation. They will also be featured in the 1-hour pride special of Chakra Huns podcast in September and will be invited to perform a record live set during the Legrand Arts Festival in December 2022 at Constitutional Hill.


For any inquiries please email futurekwaai@gmail.com


How to Apply

Fill out this form here.

Please submit:

  • An artist’s statement under 300 words which answers the question: How do you represent freedom in your work and music?

  • One hi-res cover art image of the work (jpeg cover art, picture), the title, and upload the media (Mp3, Wav files)

  • A short bio of your artist career not longer than 150 words

  • An artist's hi-res image (not more than 1MB)

  • Submissions close at 12am midnight on Thursday 19 August 2022.

  • Successful applicants will be notified by 1 September 2022.


Memorandum of Agreement


  • The final date for artist submissions for participation in this project will be 12am midnight on 18 August 2022.

  • All successful artists will be notified by 12am midnight on 1 September 2022.

  • Artist must be over 18 years old.

  • Artists must currently be based in South Africa (artists from Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland may also apply).

  • The one-week virtual workshop will comprise three two-hour sessions on Zoom on the week of 12-16 September 2022.

  • The artist chosen must be available for the workshop period in September 2022. Final dates will be communicated in due time.

  • The artist will retain full ownership of their music and sound art copyrights and royalties thereof.

  • Artists can submit finished works, pre-produced works, or high-quality demos that they wish to workshop or remix.

  • The Curators reserve the right to edit the final selection of work as is applicable.

  • The work must be a high-quality digital recording.

  • There will be tech facilities (mastering and packaging) available for the digital recordings.

  • Future Kwaai Records will create original artworks of the digital recordings to accompany the release of the project.

  • Future Kwaai Records are sponsoring costs related to the mix and mastering, release and promotion, and event costs.

  • There will be a virtual archive of the project on the Future Kwaai website.

  • 30% of the proceeds of the album will go towards The Pride Shelter Trust in Cape Town.

  • 60% of all proceeds will go directly to the artist.

  • Independent artists will have a preference and upon accepting this memorandum, they confirm that they are participating independently.

  • By accepting this memorandum, artists confirm that they have full ownership of the works submitted and are able to provide proof thereof should it be required in the future.

  • The artist chosen must be available for promotional interviews with the relevant local and international media.

  • The successful works will be featured in the One-hour Pride special of Chakra Huns Podcast on The Other Radio.

  • The successful works will also be exhibited during the Legrand Queer Arts Festival at Constitutional Hill in December 2022.



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