Ashton Nyte on lockdown and losing his dad

Ashton Nyte on lockdown and losing his dad

Few South African music artists can claim to be as prolific as Ashton Nyte. Now based in the US, the Port Elizabeth-born multi-instrumentalist has released seven albums under his own name.

Ashton Nyte
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He has also released nine albums with iconic SA band, The Awakening, and another as Ashton Nyte and the Accused. 

Ashton is one of the most talented and dedicated musicians you will meet, someone who is genuinely living his truth. I got to chat to him via Zoom about these incredible accomplishments, but also, about lockdown and losing his father.

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Try not to lose hope. These dark times will pass. There is still beauty out there, underneath the virus, and the hatred and ignorance and intolerance and all the horrific realities, difficulties, and negative energies we have to navigate. It is often overwhelming but please try to stay safe, healthy, and positive. As trite as this may all sound, we need to look after our minds and our bodies. Try to be the light in someone’s life. When things are particularly bleak, that is something I still try to hold on to. This picture is from the first “proper” photoshoot I ever did. It was taken by Jacques Booyens, a week or two before my first live show as The Awakening in February of 1996. The image still speaks to me, all these years later. A person, staring into the abyss with some sort of optimistic defiance, perhaps. Not for the first or the last time. Wishing you peace and hope, today and every day. 🖤 . . . . . . #hope #love #peace #ashtonnyte #theawakening #music #art #poetry #optimism #singersongwriter #gothic #gothicrock #darkwave #tbt #artlife #inspiration #empathy #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography

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You will enjoy the chat, laugh and cry with us, and be absolutely enthralled by his voice! 

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His latest album, 'Waiting for a Voice', is arguably his most personal and unique to date. The project is conceived as a dual release - an album and a book. It’s a definite collector’s item for fans, delivering a deeply personal insight into a genuinely diverse artist. 

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