Welcome!"A-nordic-ana": Bridging Colliding Worlds
Anouschka is a Swedish/American singer songwriter. Journalists describe her as "Marianne Faithful meets Joan Osborne, Shania Twain and Nora Jones". She calls her style "A-nordic-ana"- Scandinavian pop with American Roots and Jazz. Her songs are played worldwide in various genres. She has honours from Billboard World Song Contest, IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) contest, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and has been on AMA Charts (Americana Charts) in Nashville, USA and #1 in Germany on Reverbnation Charts.
In 2014, Anouschka visited Kenya, and realised that, in spite of a very rich local pop music scene, people were still importing pop music from the Western markets instead of promoting their own music. People in the Western world often think that “afro-pop” means using traditional African instruments, a notion which can be a bit condescending to musicians working today with the same instruments as those writing in the West. Anouschka composed and recorded the album “Shine" (which is “Angaza” in Swahili) to raise awareness for this thriving East African pop scene. The beats and production are by Kenyan Gospel producer Teddy B. Anouschka is the first western woman to fuse Western songwriting with East African urban beats and Swahili. (Which she studied while in Kenya). The album is accessible to both secular and non-secular stations due to its spiritual and positive family-friendly message. Proceeds go to helping orphans. Tracks have already been featured in Kenya on TV and radio. Anouschka is devoted to wildlife causes as well. The new album includes a reggae version of "Dying to be Free" -the campaign song in 60 countries this year for the Global March to Save the African Lion from canned hunting.
Rune Häger, Rootsy Magazine **** (Feb 24, 2013)
"Joni Mitchell, Lisa Loeb, Meredith Brooks,Fiona Apple or Joan Osborne are the clear comparisons one can draw here...Fans of mentioned female singer/songwriters will absolutely love this slightly alternative sounding American/Swedish singer/songwriter."Angelfire.com **** (May 03, 2013)
“Anouschka is a master of versatility... at the same level of Norah Jones and Shania Twain and Ms. Joan Osbourne. A wonderful voice, with the ability to phrase in the way normal pop stars can't....pop as well as jazz and blues, all unobtrusive, with a dose of self-irony...”- Dietrich Gastrock, Home of Rock **** (Feb 08, 2011)
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