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Fragile, Free, Curious, Warm and Expansive – Acoustic Tonetic

Singer and songwriter Tonetic returns to the FNCC’s Acoustic Friday Concert to present his debut Album ‘Tones Of Red’.

Singer and songwriter Tonetic returns to the FNCC’s Acoustic Friday Concert to present his debut Album ‘Tones Of Red’.

“I describe my music as Fragile, Free, Curious, Warm and Expansive and categorize it as secretive and shy with the qualities of an intimate friendship”, are the words of Steffen List better known as Tonetic who releases his self-produced solo album ‘Tones of Red’ at the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) this Friday 15 February.
Tonetic’s songs are populated with a fusion of genres such as rock, pop, classic, jazz and African,  that does not follow musical traditions and clichés too closely. It is the sonic collision of deep blues, raging reds and soft whites.
The artist’s singing days started when he was a teenager doing background and sometimes lead vocals in various bands. Then in 2007, he started experimenting more seriously with the art of recording and spent countless nights, weeks and months trying to grasp what people really hear.
He then did his first full-scale recording of a three-piece band in a London garage a few years later. This recording was not very successful but that did not stop the outstandingly talented and interesting musician. His latest album reflects the learning curve of the last six years in that some of the songs are as old as that, and some are newly composed tracks.
Tonetic has since had numerous concerts and represented Namibia at festivals locally and in Malawi, and recently received the award for Best Original Music Score for the short film 100 Bucks, at last years Namibian Theatre and Film Awards.
When asked who he considers to be his main audience, he says anyone who pays a special kind of attention to music, is open minded and is not afraid of their feelings can be a fan of his music. “People who are able to disappear in a song,and can reach deep into themselves through music and arts, whether they know it or not. Those that connect to the world, inspired by its magic, in tune with nature, conscious and receptive to it, are my audience” he said.
His favourite tracks from the album are ‘Twisted Tree Trunk Solitude’ and ‘Adamantine’. The first one because it expresses so distinctly an emotional truth, the second one because it is technically and musically one of his most successful songs to date.
Tickets to see the artist perform are N$30 in advance and N$40 at the door. Doors open at 20:00.

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