A life long of practice in school musicals, showers, on beaches and music jams. And then HOPPAKE, as the Dutch would say, 10 songs written and recorded in 5 months.
This started January '21 in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, when I went on a last-minute road trip, with two middle-aged men I didn't really know. I'll save you this story for another time.
We canoed on the Kariekariver and somewhere halfway I noticed a sign with the word "Sibuya" on it. This letter combination tickled my fancy. My travel buddies could tell me this meant we will return in Xhosa, one of South African's 11 national languages.
That day, my first song evah was written. Ironically not the song Sibuya - I honestly don't know what went 'wrong' in the pipeline - but the song Self Love was written in the canoe and iPhone-recorded from the jetty right away.
A few days later, back at my partner Tristan, I got the inspiration to write a few more songs that evening, and after this, here and there more appeared. On the beach... Whilst surfing, listening to a meditation or meeting someone with a tropical name. Inspiration lies in everything.
My pure soul songs are about connecting to self, nature and everything around me. My intention with each and every song, whilst mainly using positive words, is to uplift and empower. From here, we can bring our happiness back into the world.
Unfortunately, no songs to be listened to just yet, but hold on and your patience will be rewarded. Subscribe in the meanwhile to be sure not to miss a thing!
With love, Anouk Anansi
• Recordings •
This song is written for a special friend for me for his special day, but is actually for all of you out there on your own special (birth)day!
May you enjoy "Another Day"
This is a song that I have written, inspired on the name and story of an old client of mine, at U-Turn, where I volunteered back in South Africa. He had it in him to really make something of his life, after his struggles out on the streets, but seemed to not believe in himself enough...
One of the last times I saw him, I asked him what his name, Mangaliso meant in his language, Xhosa, and he said: miracles.
May you enjoy the song and may you hear the empowering message I wish to share.
Just One You
A while before writing the verses, I had finished the verse. I liked it, but of course, I was only halfway done.
Then, feeling a little lonely and quite off in the place I was staying and the situation I was in, I wrote the verses.
Being written in a house with a piano, it was amazing being able to play this on that magical insturement. Once again, not the best recording but happy to share it with you as it is!
My first song ever written. Recorded with Tristan Nebe on guitar and at the time, no 'band name' or name of the song. This was actually the first time we played this song together, very casually at one of the beautiful rivers nearby.
Leven In Liefde
Living in love, is the translation of the title of this first Dutch song I write when I was back in the Netherlands in '22.
Damn, I had found it a little difficult being back in this society, where it seemed people just lived daily life like the day before and after.
So... Let's do our own thing, and live joyful and full of love!
• Videos •
As you can potentially notice... I'm really loving playing piano at the moment! This song I recorded when I was living in this magical house in Muizenberg (Cape Town), with this most beautiful piano. Enjoy <3
Our first studio recording
Middle of February and the time was there... We went to Ladismith, a cute little down in the Karoo Desert. Jo supported us through the journey - check out the process and vibes!
***If you're wondering what's up with the songs after the recording: unfortunately the sound wasn't what I was hoping to achieve. So we keep developing the songs and will find a new place to record when the time is right!