Desire Marea

KwaZulu-Natal born multi-disciplinary artist Desire Marea, born Buyani Duma, has cemented themselves as a creative force to be reckoned with. After touring the world extensively over the past four years with FAKA, a South African queer performance collective they co-founded with Fela Gucci with whom they released two EPs "Bottoms Revenge” and “Amaqhawe”, Desire has embarked on an individual sonic journey rooted in their own healing.

The first offering is the debut single "You Think I'm Horny", released in December 2019 with a music video directed by Jamal Nxedlana, followed by the announcement of Desire's eponymous debut album, out on the 10th of January 2020 via Izimakade Records.

Marea's performance journey began at the prestigious National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, where Desire majored in Performing Arts. Whilst there, they accumulated experience as a working child actor, with their biggest role being in the 2009 adaptation of JM Coetzee's Nobel Prize winning novel "Disgrace" in which Desire starred as Pollux alongside John Malkovich. Thereafter, they pursued their higher learning at the Vega School from which they obtained their Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication. This was followed by a successful career in advertising that saw them winning various industry awards as a copywriter at South Africa's top agency.

Simultaneously, they pursued their career as a performance artist at FAKA who, since inception in 2015, have performed at prestigious international music festivals such as MELT! (Germany, 2018), Roskilde (Denmark, 2018), Ceremonia Festival (Mexico, 2019), Sonar Festival (Barcelona, 2019), Dark Mofo (Australia, 2019) amongst others. They have created special compositions in collaboration with American fashion brand Telfar, that were staged at the Serpentine Pavilion (London) and New York Fashion Week respectively. FAKA has been included in the 2019 Vogue World 100 and DAZED 100 lists however their most notable accolade was their historical moment when Italian fashion house Versace commissioned FAKA's music to soundtrack their Spring Summer 2019 Menswear fashion show.

With all their creative endeavours, Desire wishes to further contribute to the progression of Black Queer Art, while further growing their practice as a creative healer.


"Desire" is an intricate inquiry into various themes including loss, displacement, and the terrifying manifestations of love in the contemporary world. The album has appearances from South African artists such as Sanele Ngubane, Pasja Sneijder, Nonku Phiri, Hlasko, Simon Wolfson, Gabriel Wolfson, and Gyre, who were invited to contribute as co-producers, featured artists and composers. The album's cover was shot by legendary South African photographer and queer visual activist Sir Zanele Muholi. With this work Desire wishes to make a notable contribution to the heritage of South African experimental music.