By Johannes Hangula
CONFIDENTE recently caught up with Namibian R&B star Annastasia Linus well known as Ann Singer to chat about her music.
How long have you been in the music industry?
I have been in the industry for a while now. I met Bertholdt in 2007 who gave me voice training and from there I started performing with him and doing backing vocals on some of his songs. I went on to meet Lize Ehlers and I started performing at her Song Night events where I learned so much. I then met Mushe and we worked on couple of songs together, and after that I decided to take my singing career very seriously. I met Antonio in 2015, who became my manager and he introduced me to Arrafath and Glo which resulted in recording my first studio album titled Bullet Proof.
Which artists are you currently listening to? And who you would like to collaborate with?
I am listening to Brandy, the song that I love is, I don’t care. I am also listening to my music because I am about to start working on my next album. I need to listen and correct myself so that I will have a better album for my fans and, because as an artist one always worries about these things.
I would love to collaborate with Brandy and locally I would love to work with Ponti, because he is brilliant and I like the way he sings.
Old school R&B or urban R&B, which one do you prefer?
I feel the old school R&B is more soulful, and has more meaning in my opinion, and it talks about love and life in a deeper way. As for the new R&B it is more popish, it is hip and it’s more about just having fun, but I prefer the old school because I consider myself a soulful singer.
Studio work or performing live, which one do you prefer?
The creative process, which is the studio work, is what leads to me be able to do performances, because I need to create first before I perform, but I love them both.
Brief us on the beats and music production on your release? Who did you work with?
On my album I have worked with Arrafath and Glo, and there is also a song on my album that was produce by Taz. I wrote most of the songs on the album, except for the two songs that were written by Bertholdt.
Which ingredients do you think makes you special and unique as an artist?
It is the authenticity. I am real, even when I go on stage I am always bare. I go there with my emotions, with all my fears I get on stage and sing about all of this. So I think that is one of the things that helps me be myself in front of the audience, and that is one of the qualities that makes up Ann Singer.
Which aspect of being an a r t i s t and t h e music making process excites you most and what discourages you most?
One of the things that excites me is my story, because my story is my favourite and for me it is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever written. And I am excited to write many more beautiful pieces of my story through my music.
One thing that is very challenging would be time management because it is not easy being a full-time radiography student at the University of Namibia, being a mom and then on top of that doing music.
Tell us about your songwriting process, what comes first; lyrics or beats? Piano or the guitar?
It depends on how I feel, sometimes I would want somebody to play me something either with a guitar or piano, and then I will construct my words on how I feel when listening to the melody. A n d sometimes the words are already written we just need put them into a song.
What is it that you are not prepared to do in your quest to have a successful musical career?
That will be lip-syncing on stage, because I think it is very disrespectful to the music and the audience.
Tell us about other projects you have been working on?
I am currently working with my manager on My Ongoma project. And I am actually going to start on working on my next album soon, and off course I would love the fans to get something bigger and better than Bullet proof.
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