Namibia: Shishani Forms Miss Catharsis

NAMIBIAN-BORN songstress Shishani Vranckx has been hard at work in Europe where she recently formed an all-female band called Miss Catharsis, which consists of Olivia Davina, Sharon Harman and Chelsea Laverne alongside herself.

Namibian-born but based in Amsterdam, she formed the band whose roots lie in Namibia, Ghana and Surinam, although they were all were raised mainly in The Netherlands.

The band has been working together since May last year, and has already performed in The Netherlands and Germany.

"These women tell mesmerising stories through soul, jazz and rock music. Catharsis means purification, cleansing or clarification," said Shishani, who was motivated to form the group because she yearned to see women working together in music.

"I am pretty used to being around men, which actually does not bother me, but I felt the need to be surrounded by female energy and I wanted to create and perform music with women. My main drive has been to show that womanhood. Being in this band feels like family, sisterhood and we look out for each other, pushing each other to higher levels in our profession," she said.

The band has been hard at work and plans to release two new songs titled 'Belong to You' and 'Rhythm is Love' next month.

Shishani's last solo album 'Sessions in Poland' was released in 2015. She said her solo work continues although it has been mellow.

"I have written all the music that we perform. In the band I can express more rock music which has not been prominent in my solo work. In the band I feel I can express all that I am musically and personally. I have been recording solo and honestly it is a process balancing everything at once, but there will definitely be some new work coming to Namibia this year," she said.

Shishani last visited Namibia in 2018 but says she has plans to travel here later this year. "I have been working a lot in Europe. I am planning my trip and I will be visiting family and friends and I will also probably be doing some shows," she said.

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