Manthe Ribane, the acclaimed South African artist and musician, is a master of Afrofuturism. With her performance art, style and design approach, she’s able to craft new worlds with her work where the African diaspora can see themselves—worlds that show them as safe, beautiful, thriving and alive in the future. It is the heavy significance and impact of her art on youth culture, but for Ribane, it is simply her creative process.
"The song is inspired by obstacles in life and that we shouldn't fade off from our purpose and our journeys," she told us last year about “Why U In My Way” her R&B collaboration with Okzharp. "At the end of the day, we shouldn't fade away, and stay driven, and not forget who we are and what we were born for."
The multimedia creative uniquely uses voice, body, and design to weave together her art, a mash-up that makes her work one of a kind. In recent months, she served as the choreographer for Petite Noir’s visual album, La Maison Noir: The Gift And The Curse. The fashionable and eccentric South African phenomenon is also the Creative Director at 113 Studios. She lives fully for the craft, inspiring a culture where the youth have prioritized the freedom to create above all. In her own words, “I want every aspect of my life to be art.”