By Gift Munyanya
VANYLOVE says she was driven into the gospel music genre by the problems she was experiencing in her life last year.
She told Confidente the Bible had become a “shining path” for her, after she had been abandoned by her friends.
It was during this time that Vanylove, whose real name is Vanesser Miyano Simasiku, drew inspiration from South African gospel icon Winnie Mashaba and Botswana’s Slizer, who inspired her love for rhumba/disco music.
“Listening to Winnie has helped me a lot. There was a point in time when I was going through a tough time in my relationship, family and at work,” Vanylove said.
“Most of my friends kept their distance; I was so hurt and I decided to turn to gospel music, and the Bible; I gave myself time to recover and stood upright and faced the situation.”
As soldier by profession, she recently dropped her latest single titled Soldier, which talks about people who are married to men and women in uniform.
This comes just months after she released her debut single Kwi wulu kutukaya (to heaven where we are going), which received airplay on the Silozi radio service and NBC’s music show, Whatagwan.
The up-and-coming singer was born and raised in Katima Mulilo, and started exploring her musical talent when she joined the Seventh Day Adventist Choir in 2000, at the age of 10.
She says that she is handling the pressure of the recording studio very well, by displaying commitment and dedication.
Vanylove does not let her work interfere with her musical career, and is determined to strike an ongoing balance between the two.
“My work requires a lot from me and I am committed to that. In fact, it is not just any other regular job; we are talking about being a soldier.
“I have studio sessions in my free time and I make sure I utilise them to the fullest; I never let my music career interfere with my work”.
Vanylove is currently working on the music video for her second track, titled My Solder, which will be released next month.
“I am passion-driven and I have a strong fan base in Katima Mulilo. If I were to predict the future, then I would say I see myself as a Namibian Annual Music Awards Best Female Artist of the Year, within the next five years.”
Vanylove also plans on opening her own studio, to cut costs. She also sees herself helping other up-and-coming artists, who have the talent, but lack support.
“After recording, it’s always a challenge to get the music to the people and radio stations, especially if you are an up-and-coming artist, without a manager.
“You are forced to do everything, from promotion to marketing, but I learn every day, as I get to meet people who have been in the music industry for a long time.”
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015