The Namibian (Windhoek)

29 January 2013

Namibia: Tonetic Starts This Year's FNCC Acoustic Friday

It has been two years since the very first edition of the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre's (FNCC) Acoustic Friday took place.

Back in February 2011, Namibian singer/songwriter Steffen List, who goes by the stage name Tonetic, was part of the debut of the Acoustic Friday, a popular live music platform that has hosted aspiring young talent such Shishani, MissH, Sean Kamati and Jacques Mushaandja perform on its stage.

This year Tonetic returns to FNCC's Acoustic Friday Concert to present his long awaited debut album, 'Tones of Red'. The musician is strongly influenced by the intricacies of his country's endless landscapes, powerful primal energies and its diverse people. Tonetic writes songs with a sensitive edge tracing emotional complexities, intensities of togetherness and separation, and the ever-questioning trials of man and animal.

"I draw from very deep and personal, sometimes evocative moods and emotions when I write and compose," says List. "My music is not meant to induce sadness - I find peace and solace through musical expression and hope that my music has a comparable effect on others."

Classically trained as a cellist in his youth, latin and rock bassist in his late teens and self-taught guitarist in his late twenties, Tonetic manifested solidly at the end of 2010 and gave his first public concert at the FNCC's Acoustic Friday in February 2011. He has since had numerous concerts and represented Namibia at festivals locally and in Malawi. He recently received the award for Best Original Music Score for the short film '100 BUCKS' at the 2012 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards. He performs live with bassist Afron Nyambali, Pianist Ghyss McCurley and various drummers.

Tonetic will launch his first self-produced album 'Tones of Red' at this concert. Generally classified as Indie, his music fuses rock, pop, classic and African influences into an emotional carousel of soft whites, cold blues and raging reds.

Acoustic Night will take place on Friday, February 15, at the FNCC terrace on Robert Mugabe Avenue. Tickets are available in advance for N$40 and at the door for N$30. The show starts at 20h00.

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