Shishani, destined for greatness
Shishani, a Namibian born singer/songwriter has been making headlines since she started performing in Namibia during her sporadic visits to her home country in 2011. To give the public a taste of why she has been making waves, Shishani will grace the stage at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) on 20 April.
The 24-year old was born to a Belgian father and a Namibian mother. She left her motherland at the age of five and grew up in The Netherlands, where she currently lives. Over the years she has collaborated with various artists performing internationally in countries such as Ireland, Belgium, France, as well as the Czech Republic.
Shishani mesmerises with a voice that is described as soulful and smooth and her style is compared to artists like Tracy Chapman and Erykah Badu. On stage she gently commands attention and radiates a security and strength one would not expect in such a young woman.
The year 2011 was a fruitful year for the artist as she collaborated with various local artists in Windhoek and performed at the Namibian Annual Music Awards. She also represented Namibia at the Lake of Stars festival in Malawi last year and released her début album “Windhoek EP” in December. At the beginning of this year, she went on a trip to Morocco where she performed alongside that country’s artists.
Shishani is nominated for the 2012 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) in the Best Single/Non Album category for her song “Minority”. She has won the first round of the Last Band Standing contest which is currently running at the National Theatre of Namibia.
Shishani will be performing with a small ensemble at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre’s popular Acoustic Friday concert on 20 April. Tickets will be sold for N$30 at the gate and the show starts at 19h30.