“Making music is one thing. Earning a living with your music is another. It costs a lot of time and energy and you often end up losing money instead of earning it.”
These are the words of Namibian musician Shishani, who has taken enchanted her fans with her sultry voice. Born in Windhoek 25 years ago to a Belgian father and her native Namibian Oshiwambo-speaking mom, the songstress moved to the Netherlands at the age of five were the bright European lights encouraged her to dream big.
Inspired by her father, who is a music fanatic, and her brother, a jazz pianist, Shishani found her calling in music and took it upon herself to develop her raw talent into an art. Her musical training began at the age of four with violin, drums and vocal training. At 17 she started writing her own songs. “Music has been the best way of expressing myself; it just felt that it was a path I had to walk,” she says, smiling.
“Making music is one thing. Earning a living with your music is another. It costs a lot of time and energy and you often end up losing money instead of earning
Despite facing several challenges in her journey Shishani has learned to stand her ground in the industry. As a result of her tenacity, she’s independently released two albums and put on live performances across Europe.
When she’s not making music, Shishani is pursuing her Masters’ degree in Cultural Musicology.
As a musician who has travelled the world over, what does she think needs to be done to improve the quality of Namibian music? “I think there is enough talent in Namibia. The only thing that needs to be worked on seriously is professionalism. If we want to compete globally, we must become more professional,” she advises.
Shishani has shows coming up in Amsterdam, France, Poland and Luxembourg.
Streetlife Talent Show’ category Best Vocals in Den Haag (The Netherlands) in 2010.
Last Band Standing Competition, Namibia in May 2012.