At Stake is a song by songstress Msaki about femicide, the history of violence against women, and violence against marginalised queer people. Msaki has been exploring the idea of the protest song as a love song with her project Platinumb Heart – road-testing these songs on stage over the last two years in order to reach creative and emotional conclusions about the questions that come with living in a #RIPwxmen nation.
Every year, wxmen have to ask themselves the same unbearable question: ‘Sifelani’?’, ‘Am I Next?’. In the absence of answers, these songs are Msaki’s attempt to keep a supple heart through heavy and callousing times, and the painful hashtags that have become a part of our story as a country.
The concert is much like the song, its an offering, a musical creation for when the trending is over and when the days of outrage have ended. Like the song, it is a place of uncomfortable questions (some being historic), a safe space to face or deposit the unprocessed, a way to reach for a layer of joy during mess and maybe even a moment of healing together as we all wonder how we got here as a nation.
Msaki will present At Stake and Other Love Songs at Untitled Basement in Braamfontein on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December.