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South African visual artist and musician, Xander Ferreira, also known as Gazelle, became one of the country’s most recognized musicians, known especially for his popular fusion of contemporary electronic sounds and traditional African music. Celebrated for his flamboyant stage persona and enigmatic performances, he took to the stage around the globe. His musical journey has seen him collaborate with artists like Peaches, St. Lucia, Deva Mahal, Findlay Brown and The Bloody Beetroots.
After Gazelle’s success, Xander moved to New York where he embarked on a journey to create, what he calls, “A reverse version of Paul Simon’s Graceland”. Fusing African sounds with a variety of American musical styles under his own name.
Before the musical career he established himself within the visual art world where the character of Gazelle was born as part of a performance art piece. His work explored the socio-political mechanisms behind African Dictators and various icons of power through theatrical satire.
During the past decade, Xander has established himself solidly in the music scene of New York. Gazelle was invited to be part of the remake of Glen Obrien’s cult TV show, TV Party and The Happy Show his DJ act became a staple of downtown nightlife and soon poured towards the West Coast and south across the border into Mexico.
After a 6 year hiatus, Gazelle is making a comeback with Xander recording a new album in Southern Africa during the first half of 2020. It is in collaboration with some of the most influential artist of his home country and planned to be released midway throughout the year.
Xander’s passion is to build bridges between people by using culture as a tool. Sharing the message that we have much more in common as humans, than the differences which separate us.