Belinda& Amy are a dynamic singer-songwriter duo, combining their skills on their instruments and vocals. This female Co-Lab creates a super unique and enthralling vibe. The Afrikaans song ‘Dagdanser’, written byBelindahas been featured since December 2020 on KykNet Nou! DSTV channel 146. Amy (Aldeia), grew up in the small Free State town Ladybrand, right next to the border of Lesotho. Her passion for performing connected with that of her already close musician friendBelindavan Zee. Both women write songs in Afrikaans, English and a bit of Portuguese. Their unique, yet parallel life experiences keep them together as friends and colleagues, aiming for theatre stages, festivals and producing more original material together. They believe in sharing their stories and connecting with their audiences through their music and energetic passion in a world divided by negativity.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
We have been fortunate enough to be able to say that we are almost fully booked up until June 2022, with shows ranging from private functions to music venues around SA.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
Both of us have grown immensely as performers and songwriters. Doing so many live shows is key to staying performance 'fit'. Working together can be either a blessing or a challenge, but our friendship and passion for what we do carries us through any difficult moments on and off the stage.
How did you come up with your latest project?
Our latest releases are 'Corny Love song', a rock tune, '2019' which is an Afrikaans remixed folk rock song and we are currently working on a new single, 'African Dancer', which is a metaphor for having a purpose everyday. The energy of a dancer on stage reminds us of having a fire in your heart.
Where are you from originally?
Amy is from Ladybrand, a small Free State town on the Lesotho border and Belinda is from Johannesburg, but grew up in the Free State.
Where do you live now?
Both are currently based in Bloemfontein.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
We definitely had to learn to read crowds and adapt to such different environments and sometimes crazy situations. Our main goal is to get our original music out and playing it live without losing the attention of your listeners takes creativity.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
Insanity !! Lol. Well it is something that actually really chooses you in the end. Once you have done so much from your heart, it feels empty to not do music. It is just who we are and will always be.
How do you want to shape your career?
We would love to be heard on more radio stations, nationally and internationally. We have one music video on KyknetNou! Dstv Channel 146, 'Dagdanser', so the aim is to keep producing music videos, possibly in the next few months. Playing more festivals with a full band, as well as intimate theater shows continues to be part of our plans.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
In this line of work, we have to be ready for anything and go with the flow. Being organised is a priority and we try to stick to certain structures that help when things get unpredictable.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
'2019' - asks a question about what you would do if you had an hour back in the year 2019? After all that has happened since then, and who we really are and what really matters.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
No, we are simultaneously excited and scared, but we have a deep longing for it to be shared. Music can be more than just some nice sounds etc. It is a platform and link between people and unspoken emotions.
Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
Yes. Every song is a part of us that we share.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
Our music can be listened to anytime on most digital platforms such as Spotify and iTunes.
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
Recognising familiar supporters in different towns that support us and people we don't know, singing along to some of our original songs.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
We are working on a tour to Capetown from the Free State and the release of our new single and music video.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
Our line-up for May is: 6 May @ Reizis Square (Bloemfontein)
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview!
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5UXlXBhEiiqCysKbrLE4Z9?si=QdaxlIv-R4uD8J8HJ8atmA&utm_source=copy-link https://music.apple.com/us/artist/belinda-van-zee/1458538841 https://youtube.com/channel/UCQgr24sgW9LgItjfxM4umYA