"Spreading the sound of Namibia."
"Amsterdam-based Namibian Tales have a remarkable project with the San people from the Kalahari."
Folk Roots Magazine
“On the album Kalahari Encounters new musical terrain is explored that is so exciting and inspiring that you enjoy leaving your comfort zone. The only suiting title for this album is “breathtakingly beautiful.”
Bas Springer, Mixed World Music, NL
"Namibian music with an eclectic twist: Namibian Tales latest album gets inspiration from traditional tunes of the San people of Namibia."
BBC Radio: Focus on Africa
“Kalahari Encounters: Best World Music production from the Netherlands 2017.”
Mixed World Music
Five star CD review Itaala: "Songs of unknown beauty on this album."
“Best World Music production from the Netherlands of 2016.”
“Shishani: The crown princess of urban contemporary music.”
Amsterdam Roots Festival (2016)
“Chosen no.5 in world chart of Best World Music of 2016.”
“Very soulful and atmospheric.”
VPRO Vrije Geluiden, NL
"Itaala sounds like nothing else we know in the Netherlands. That this colourful mix of cultures still stands ground with it's own unique sound makes Itaala a very promising debut."
NRC newspaper, NL (2017)
“Promise of 2016.”
Dutch Delta Sounds / World Blend Café (2016)
“This is worldpop of the highest order.”
Mixed World Music (2016)
“This makes the eight-track record “Itaala” to a real gem, which is extremely pleasant to listen, again and again: Shishani has a particularly beautiful voice, which is just as clear as it is flexible and with which she’s keeps your full attention. Add the brilliant bowlines, the playful African accents of mbira and kora, the percussion that is not only used as backbone but also plays a fully instrumental role and you end up with a more than just remarkable record, that is matured enough to start a great career.”
Rootstime, Belgium (2016)
“The flamboyant singer-songwriter Shishani does not shy away from experimenting with her music. Her strong songs are rooted in both Africa and Europe and unfold in adventurous harmonies.”
Amersfoort Jazz Festival (2016)
“Shishani and the Namibian Tales incorporate a European style with a proudly Namibian flair. Shishani's voice, as we know and love, provides the missing link – binding both sounds together to create a magical feel-good album.”
The Namibian (2016)
“Shishani is the winner of the 2013 Mooie Noten singer-songwriter competition in Amsterdam. The jury was impressed by the Namibian-born artist. ‘She’s good with the audience,’ has ‘strong lyrics’ and ‘has something to say.’ The jury stated she can go straight to Lowlands and the North Sea Jazz Festival.”
GRAP Amsterdam (2013)