Nelson Nance is a fearless artist who combines the courageous cacophony of the DaDa art movement with remnants of futurism and Funk.
With more than 30 music projects released under his various monikers (Norvis Junior, Nelson Bandela, NancieOver9000, DJAYTECHNOMUSTARD, O’Della Basura, etc.) and a growing portfolio of engaging artwork, it is clear that he is a progressive and daring voice to watch.
Over the course of his career, Nelson has diligently contributed as a producer, vocalist, arranger, writer and director to a wide array of prolific artistic endeavors from the likes of Bill T. Jones, Swarvy, Nappy Nina and Tony Allen. Recently he has contributed as a writer, director and composer on the critically acclaimed HBO series Random Acts of Flyness created by his brother Terence Nance. The show won a coveted Peabody Award upon the arrival of its first season and has been renewed for a second season where he will continue to be a part of its creation.
Nelson’s artwork combines such disparate worlds as bass heavy southern hip hop, layered with unexpected West African drumming joined with psychedelic visual accompaniment. His talents as a Producer, Vocalist and Filmmaker were developed in the church as he began learning video editing and audio mixing in the media ministry and music in the choir. As he honed his craft he gained formal training in vocal performance and video editing as a student at the legendary Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts, in Dallas, Texas.
In 2011, Nelson made the move to Brooklyn, New York to focus on growing his artistic career and things have been progressing ever since. During his time in the illustrious city he has shared the stage with such amazing acts as KING, Nick Hakim, Jon Bap, Seven Davis Jr, Sonny Moon and Marcus Gilmore. Additionally his imagery has been used by the likes of Afropunk, Brooklyn HipHop Festival, Apple, Okayplayer and Red Bull.
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Nelson “Bandela” Nance