Vanity: A beautiful combination

19 October 2012

ent Vanity 19 octI HAD a chance to meet up with Candy and Vicky at their house on a particularly hot Sunday evening. Trying to look professional while fighting back a nasty summer flu proved to be a challenge but the lovely duo made me feel comfortable and at ease.

Although a modest home, it was so wonderfully decorated that even someone like me, who has no sense of style whatsoever, was impressed. It almost immediately struck me how different these two girls are from each other.

Whilst Sisty is a philosophical, down to earth, humble lady. Candy is a vibrant happy-go-lucky, dynamic diva. As I mentioned my thoughts to them, Candy sprang up and said, “I’m the rule breaker!” Sisty quietly added, “And I mend them after they are broken”. A beautiful combination.

1. What sparked the reaction?
Sisty: I never really wanted to do music. I was actually studying law, but because I sang in the choir, it kind of grew on me.

Candy: I was into music even when I was in high school. My uncle would often come over to our house and play guitar. I just followed in his footsteps. Later (2005), I started a group called Tristar and asked Sisty to manage it since she was studying law. Once Tristar broke up, Sisty and I started Vanity.

S: It was sort of weird because it was never serious. It all started with a song. I used to write lyrics for them (Tristar). I was just supposed to back Candy up but it sort of felt right.

C: After our first hit “Meme, Meme” we just kind of took off.

2. You received four nominations. What do you think about the outcome of the last NAMAs?

S: I think our industry has its own politics and its own school of thought and just like with any other political party, so to speak, a lot of propaganda is involved. It was what it was.

C: I think it was nice when they brought up the NAMA’s, but I think when you do such a big event the judges shouldn’t be Namibians. They might be biased. Instead, judges should come from South Africa for example.

S: Overall, it’s a good platform but change is needed.

3. Looking back now, what would you have done differently before the NAMAs?

S: I don’t think we could’ve done anything differently. We took advantage of all the opportunities presented to us and used all platforms for marketing. We wouldn’t change anything; we have no regrets!

C: We are actually proud of what we did. We put in a 100%. If we were lazy, it would be a different story. We would be sitting with regret right now.

4. What has changed in your musical approach since the NAMAs?

S: The more experience we gain, the more our music and marketing approach changes. We are still learning. Now we are aiming at improving the quality of our music. That is the biggest change for us. We believe that what we have produced this year is an improvement, quality wise.

C: Yes, our last album was nice but we are past that now. This year we have definitely enhanced our style.

5. People often say that your image clashes with your music genre. Can you shed some light on that?

S: We’ve always tried to avoid becoming a cliché. I become bored too quickly when things are too predictable. I’d like people to see that we live in a very contemporary society where you can dress however you like, regardless of what music you listen to or in our case create.

C: As an artist, you don’t have to be limited. Apparently, people say that we dress “naked”, which is not the case. If I’m comfortable with it, why shouldn’t I dress a certain way?

S: We have never been anything close to “naked”. What is “naked”? If I wear a bikini on the beach (which we haven’t done as Vanity) does it mean I’m naked? It’s all propaganda by this school of thought. Ha-ha!

6. Are you politically active? If so, how much does it affect your ability to be musically expressive?

S: Yes, to a certain extent because we believe everyone should be politically active. As artists, we do have a certain influence but thankfully, we have never been censored or told to say something in favour of one or other political party. We express what we feel, and we write from our personal political understanding.

7. If you could have Kapana with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?

S: Candy! For me everything is fun with her, we are best friends. Believe it or not, she is my mentor.

C: Sisty. We’ve been living together for 8 years now, I just feel so comfortable with her. I trust her. Also, she doesn’t eat much kapana, so I’ll get more!

S: (Candy leaves the room for a minute). I think you should’ve asked us that question separately. I wonder what she would’ve said then ha-ha. Actually, I eat a lot more Kapana than she does!

8. What would you be doing if you weren’t musicians?

S: I always channelled to be a lawyer, but I think I would’ve enjoyed being a photographer. And of course writing, which is what I still do today.

C: I think a businesswoman. But a legit one, who would give back to the community.

9. Bedtime: Birthday suit or PJ’s?
(Both answer in sync) Birthday suit!

10. You’ve been interviewed by the media quite a bit. What’s your least favourite question they ask you?

S: Are you dating? Anything personal is off-limits!

C: Are you two lesbians!? I hate that question. Just because we stay together and are affectionate to each other doesn’t mean we’re lesbians. If we were, it would be obvious, and we wouldn’t hide it.

S: There is nothing wrong about us being affectionate. We’ve been friends for so long. We’re like sisters, so what if we stay together, or peck each other, shouldn’t good friends show their love?

11. Truth or dare?
(After long consideration, they chose truth)

Which Namibian artist would you get cosy with?

S: I think uhm… I have this physical attraction, more like an obsession with Stanley! He’s just so fit! Wow! I really do. (this went on for the next 10 minutes). I doubt I’d get cosy with him though.

C: I’m a person that likes trying out new things, experimenting. So I guess it would be Diamond, she’s so open! She wouldn’t fake it! I mean she isn’t fake ha-ha!
And on that bombshell, unfortunately we have to end. Thank you ladies, you have been absolutely charming, good luck!



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