- 2 Aug. '18
Recap of inJazz 2018: Shishani & Namibian TalesIn June this year Dutch Performing Arts commissioned a special Dutch World Stage at networking and showcase festival inJazz, in collaboration with World Music Forum NL. Four Dutch acts presented themselves to an audience of Dutch and international music lovers and presenters. How do they look back on their performance? And what does the future hold for them?Dutch Performing Arts caught up with Shishani & Namibian Tales. The cosmopolitan group is made up of vocalist/ songwriter/ guitarist Shishani Vranckx, percussionist Sjahin During, vocalist/ mbira and kora player Debby Korfmacher, and cellist Bence Huszar. The band combines the little-known but rich tradition of Shishani’s native land Namibia with Western influences as pop, soul and jazz. Last month the group released their second album Kalahari Encounters.
Sjahin, what did playing at inJazz mean to you?
Sjahin: ‘We really enjoyed the concert, we played well and the place was packed from the start. It was our last tryout before our Kalahari Encounters tour through Europe with four San nomadic women from the Kalahari desert, South Africa. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime tour as the singers are literally only going to do this once in their lives. They arrived in the Netherlands a couple of days after inJazz and our first show was at the Amsterdam Roots Festival. We felt a lot of people at inJazz came to see us because they already knew about this project, so we were happy to give them a sneak preview. A real highlight was Aga Who, a song that is mainly driven by a pulsating dance.’
How has the support of Dutch Performing Arts been of help to you?
‘Being able to do a show on a stage powered by Dutch Performing Arts and showcasing songs from our new album at inJazz gave us the possibility to create extra exposure for our Kalahari Encounters tour and to put ourselves out there as much as possible.
We’re also very happy we got support from the Performing Arts Fund NL to make this tour possible.'
What happened after your show?
’We got nice feedback, especially from fellow musicians. It makes us even more excited to continue playing songs from our album. Our show at inJazz last year resulted in two bookings. We know how to make the most out of these showcases and also frequently do showcases abroad. It usually takes a bit more time to really see the opportunities that follow from our gigs.'
Shishani, what does the future hold for your music?
Shishani: ‘As a musician I really try to innovate and reinvent myself. When we started the band three years ago I wouldn’t have thought of making the music we’re making now. It’s like being on a spaceship and discovering another planet. It makes my life as a musician unpredictable and I like that. My goal is to keep on writing beautiful music and, like I said, you can’t predict how it will evolve. I like collaborations like Kalahari Encounters: You're introduced to other ideas, musical worlds and sounds.
To keep inspired I like to go to concerts a lot and pay attention to how other people are playing, like which pedals they use, and discover sounds I have never heard before. One of my recent moments of inspiration was at the concert of House of Waters at the International Music Meeting Festival in Nijmegen. As soon as my ears caught the sounds of this New York trio I ran to the front of the stage and was immediately hooked on their performance. It was completely mesmerizing. These kind of experiences keep me on my toes and encourage me to keep growing as a person and as a musician.’
Visuals and text: Robbie van Zoggel
We also met up with the group shortly before their performance at inJazz. Check out the video below for a heart-to-heart about how music connects people with different backgrounds and stories.
Also check out our interviews with Tabanka and Lingua Franca Ensemble.
- 12 Feb. '19Mundial Montréal, North America’s World Music Summit, invites artists to submit an application to be considered for a 25-minute showcase spot at their annual conference. The ninth edition takes place from 19-22 November 2019.
- 6 Feb. '19Performing artists can now apply to perform at IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth) Showcase 2020 in Philadelphia, the United States.
- 31 Jan. '19Assitej, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, invites children’s theatre and dance companies to submit performances for their World Congress in May 2020.
- 30 Jan. '19What better place to showcase some of the finest Dutch performing arts for young audiences than IPAY Showcase? Dutch Performing Arts proudly powered the participation of eight theatre and dance companies from the Netherlands, who presented their productions for ages 2+ at the international conference in Philadelphia.
- 29 Jan. '19In preparation of their 25th edition, WOMEX invites artists, DJs, producers, filmmakers, conference speakers and visionaries to send in their proposal for a band, artist, conference topic, interactive session idea, network or film.
- 24 Jan. '19Dutch Performing Arts invites young playwrights in the Netherlands and Flanders to participate in a four-day translation workshop led by bilingual author and translator Peter Waterhouse.
- 22 Jan. '19RESHAPE wants to (re)imagine new models of organising the arts sector. The organisation invites artists and cultural workers from Europe and the South Mediterranean to submit alternative models of working together or to engage audiences in innovative ways.
- 10 Jan. '19Busan International Performing Arts Festival (BIPAF) is hosting a competition for street arts called Dynamic Street.
- 18 Dec. '18Throughout 2019, Never Grow Up! brings an abundance of Dutch film, literature and performing arts for young audiences to the United States.
- 17 Dec. '18For a touch of summer in winter: tune in for a recap of ZomerJazzFietsTour by Going Dutch.
- 16 Dec. '18In November, six Dutch delegates visited the CINARS Biennale and Mundial Montreal in Montreal, Canada together with Dutch Performing Arts. They received a contribution from Dutch Performing Arts for their visit aimed at promoting, researching and/or networking for a Dutch music company (classical, contemporary, jazz and world music).
- 13 Dec. '18Altofest invites professional artists in the performing arts to send in their proposal for Altofest 2019.
- 11 Dec. '18Assitej welcomes proposals for the professionals' programme of Assitej Artistic Gathering in Kristiansand, Norway, from 2-7 September 2019.
- 2 Nov. '18Artists can now apply for the showcase of annual trade fair and showcase festival jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany.
- 24 Oct. '18Together with Dutch Performing Arts a delegation of six Dutch dance and theatremakers travelled to Seoul in October to visit the Performing Arts Market Seoul (PAMS). They received a contribution from Dutch Performing Arts for their visit aimed at promoting, researching and/or networking for a Dutch theatre or dance company.
- 23 Oct. '18Stückemarkt is searching for work that goes beyond descriptions of a status quo, imagines possible futures and seeks new forms of artistic-activist interference.
- 22 Oct. '18NAVE opens their Artes Vivas International Call 2019, aimed at artists interested in presenting creation and research projects within the field of 'Artes Vivas' ('living arts'), whether as individual, company or collective.
- 15 Oct. '18We’re pleased to announce the four new participants in the Netherlands Fellowship Programme.
- 15 Oct. '18Amateur theatre group TED Ankara College Alumni Association Theatre Group is looking for a Dutch art consultant to assist in the production of a youth play based on a Dutch tale.
- 18 Sep. '18Dutch Performing Arts and Flanders Arts Institute took the initiative to closely investigate the musical mobility in the Lowlands: What opportunities are there for Belgian artists to perform in the Netherlands and vice versa? And what room or need is there for improvement?
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