Showcase @ World Music Forum in the Bimhuis, Amsterdam
Line-up: Shishani Vranckx (NAM/BE)- vocals & guitar, BenceHuzar(HU) - cello, Debby Korfmacher (DE/NL) - mbira,kora & vocals, Sjahin During (TR/NL) - percussion set
"New year, new discoveries. The flamboyant songstress Shishani Vranckx excels in powerful songs of afro-european origin. With Shishani & the Afro Namibian Tales she enriches the singer/songwriter genre through adventurous harmonies and an experimental instrumentation. That eternal guitar is now accompanied by cello, kora, mbira and percussion. Promise of 2016."
"Nieuw jaar, nieuwe ontdekking. De flamboyante zangeres Shishani Vranckx excelleert in krachtige songs van afro-europese oorsprong. Met Shishani & The Afro Namibian Tales verrijkt ze het obligate singer/ songwriter genre via avontuurlijke harmonieën en experimentele instrumentele bezetting. Die eeuwige gitaar krijgt nu gezelschap van cello, kora, mbira en percussie. Belofte voor 2016."
- World Music Forum, the Netherlands
The latest video of Shishani & The Afro Namibian Tales “Desert Blues” is a journey through Namibia’s rich and often troubled history. With the support of the National Archives of Namibia we were able to find rare photography – each picture telling a thousand stories. We hope you enjoy it.
November 2015, Keziah Jones came to Namibia. Together with film director Jana Eleanor Bruckner, Endemic Productions (Film) and Michael Ott (Warehouse Theatre Namibia), Shishani & Keziah's management the team embarked on a magical trip to the Namib Desert. To be continued.
October 10th 2015, Shishani & The Afro Namibian Tales recorded three new pieces at the wonderful Blue Note Hall in Amsterdam with engineer Marc Schots. Listen to "Itaala" online!
Shishani (NA/BE) - vocals, guitar
Debby Korfmacher (DE/NL) - mbira, kora, vocals
Bence Huszar (HU) - cello
Sahin During (TR/NL) - percussion set
Creating a stage for Queer African Artists
October 24th 2015, Shishani performed at the Tamasha PreFestivalwhich created a platform for queer African artists. A first for Kenya. Both local and international artists graced the stage on this special night.
Shishani teamed up with musicians in Nairobi and gave a show at Thursday Nite Live @ Choices. A place where all live music lovers meet. A truly international crowd gathered to see the show - intimate yet powerful. "Ndapandula", a song of praise, was the highlight of the night with the band improvising along and the crowd clapping and joining in on the chants. Love was in the air.