Windhoek — Namibian singer/songwriter Steffen List aka TONETiC, returns to the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC)'s Acoustic Friday Concert to present his long awaited debut album, Tones of Red on Friday, February 15.
Tickets are N$ 30 in advance, N$ 40 at the door.
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 Steffen 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 cellist in his youth, latin and rock bassist in his late teens and self-taught guitarist in his late twenties, TONETiC manifested solidly 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.
"TONETiC's music inspires like little else I've heard in 8 years of doing this," says
Rogan Kelsey, a Mastering Engineer from South Africa. "brother...you are the music," adds Vilho Nuyoma Nuumbala,a Namibian photographer and artist. "If one day I could have a walk in the clouds, I'd take it with these songs"
Yuki Oyama, a Graphic Designer from Japan marvels about TONETiC's music.
"What I love about TONETiC's music is the complexity - that all too rare thing in music nowadays.
The songs are not easy to grasp at first listen and sometimes move in surprising directions, and this ephemeral quality results in a feeling of lingering emotions, rather than concrete memories... which makes you go back.
The few times I've seen TONETiC play live, the only constants have been singer-songwriter-guitarist Steffen List and bassist Afron Nyambali, and the changing line-up around them highlighted to me that TONETiC songs aren't songs you memorise at rehearsal, they are songs you understand and interpret, whether it be for an acoustic set or on a rock stage.
They will not suffer being treated in the same old way time and time again - they need to breathe, and to change. Which is why I like listening to TONETiC, as I need to breathe too," says Botha Kruger from The Wrong Rock Show (Bush Radio South Africa).