Zambian songstress Namvula for Nam

By Lahja Nashuuta

WINDHOEK-ZAMBIAN songstress Namvula Rennie and her six-piece band will be performing in Windhoek on 28 October.

Namvula will be a star attraction at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre’s Acoustic Friday live show.

Born to a Zambian mother and Scottish father, Namvula will be backed by Zambia’s top jazz musicians, including guitar legend Sir Jones, and bassist David Kasochi as part of their SADC tour.

“The FNCC is proud to host Namvula and her band as a part of their tour throughout SADC. Namvula Rennie is a singer-songwriter whose attractively cool, unusual songs reflect her interesting history,” said Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre’s Alexandrine Guinot.

“She fuses the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland with London’s eclectic music scene, blending African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs.”

Guinot described Namvula as someone who “created an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland blend with her Scottish roots and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene”.

Guinot continues describing the gifted performer as someone who crosses boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism transporting listeners into different worlds whilst staying firmly rooted into African soil.

According to her biography, Namvula has lived in Switzerland, Kenya, the United States and now London. This helped her develop a hybrid style with lyrics which mixes Zambian languages with English, Portuguese and French. With a musical influences that range from African styles to jazz.

She plays acoustic guitar, but works with an impressive backing band that includes African musicians and members of London-based jazz outfit Led Bib. She sings in her native Lenje as well as English and Portuguese.