Shishani bemoans lack of sponsorship in Namibia

05 Nov 2013 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibian-Belgian singer and songwriter Shishani Vranckx will release her first full album in March next year.
The album will be issued with a tour in Namibia, South Africa, and the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), as well as Europe.
Vranckx made her debut on the Namibian music scene in a performance during the 2011 Namibian Music Awards (NAMAs), and won the Namibian Last Band Standing Competition in 2012 on her first try.
Shishani, as she is known in the music industry, updated the media on her upcoming album in the capital on Monday, saying she has been working on the album for a year-and-a-half now.
She said various factors, in particular financial problems for the production of her songs and her studies in Europe, are the reasons for the long delay in releasing her debut album.
Shishani is studying towards a Master’s Degree in Musicology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, focusing on the Namibian music and arts scene.
She described her upcoming 14-track album as 'very different' from her previously released singles.
“This album is not the same; it is me. It is a debut album where I am showing myself. I am much more instrumental in this album, and people are used to me and my guitar,” the soulful singer said.
She does not collaborate with any other singers on the envisaged English-only album.
The album aims to create awareness on social problems, while building the community to tackle those problems.
The singer, who was born in Namibia but grew up in the Netherlands from the age of five, expressed concern that Namibian music is not “in the world”, and people do not know what Namibians are doing, unlike musicians from countries such as Zimbabwe and South Africa, who are known.
She indicated that Namibian artists lack distribution and promotion of their work to the world.
Meanwhile, the singer and songwriter said Namibia has good policies in place in terms of music and arts, but there is a lack of funding from the private sector.
Shishani noted that companies in Namibia do not see the potential of building the country's economy through music and arts, and Namibian artists thus have to convince companies of the potential there is in music and arts.
According to her, event organisers do not take Namibian artists seriously.
“They are the people who have the way for artists to meet people and get sponsorships. That (connection) is lacking,” she said.
Shishani will be in action at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) on Friday.