Anica Kiana is a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from Cape Town. She has always had a love for music and throughout her entire high school career, she took part in every musical they had to offer.
Just after leaving school, at the beginning of 2019 she started off her singing career and went on to release her debut single, and then after that another two singles which all managed to garner support from many local radio stations and charted on these stations for a few weeks. At the end of 2019, Anica started working with the local Pop twin duo Locnville and she featured on their EP ‘Tribes and angels’ on the song ‘Little less liquor’.
After 3 years of attempting to find her sound and striving to create a name for herself in the Pop scene- Anica Kiana released her single “Gotta Leave”, featuring one of Africa’s most renowned Hip-Hop/Rap Artists, Nasty C. She managed to garner support from the established rapper since 2019 and he has since commended her in an interview, stating that she has a “voice of gold”.
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Q & A with Anica Kiana
Tell us a little bit about your career and how you started?
Music has always been consistent in my life from a young age. I found my love for singing when I was about 5 or 6 years old. That passion then carried through my schooling years, and my love for singing never died. I started my music career as a Pop artist in 2019 (the year after I finished school). I’ve got to meet and work with such awesome people in the industry (producers and artists), such as Locnville, Nasty C, Yung Nasa, Ameen Harron, Starbird and many more.
What projects are you currently working on?
I have many singles that I’ve made over the years, and I’m looking forward to hopefully releasing my first body of work this year. I have a song called Narc Boy coming out on the 15th of April, and I’m super excited to share it with everyone.
What is your favourite thing about what you do?
My favourite thing is that I get to put smiles on people’s faces by doing the thing I love most. There’s nothing more special than that. I love writing songs that people can relate to. It makes me feel as though I’m not the only one who has dealt with those hardships.
What is your best career highlight so far?
My best career highlight would definitely be meeting and getting to work with Nasty C. He is one of the kindest and humble humans and just an awesome person to be around. He’s a true role model, and I look up to him a lot in how he treats people inside and outside the industry.
If you could give some advice to someone starting their career journey, what would it be?
It sounds cliché, but in all honesty, I’d tell them never to give up. Keep pushing because it’ll just take that one song that gets you to where you want to be. It’s a tough industry, so you’ve really got to be in it for the long run.
How did your career in the industry begin?
I linked up with a music agency at the beginning of 2019, and I released my first single, “Chasing”, with them. It did really well and garnered support from loads of radio stations and people on social media. That’s pretty much how it all started.
How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world?
I think we can grow the creative industry by giving more women a chance. The music industry in South Africa is very male-dominated at the moment. I would encourage male artists who have already made it in the industry to give more up and coming females a chance to showcase their talent.
Secondly, I think as a country we lack support for our Pop artists. There are very minimal Pop artists in SA that actually make a name for themselves. So I would say a big thing would be to support more Pop artists. It benefits everyone at the end of the day. It puts our name on other countries’ maps when we’re doing well. Another thing would obviously be social media platforms such as TikTok. That definitely helps people in the SA industry to get recognised by other countries.
Tell us a little bit about why you love Cape Town – the host city for FAME Week Africa.
I love Cape Town because of the beaches and scenery. We live in a very beautiful city filled with amazing people. My main reason would definitely be because my family and friends all live here, so Cape Town will always feel like home.
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