An unforgettable ‘Night with Adora’
Musical treat for coastal fans
29 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment
Adora; Musician;“I know my Swakopmund fans as carefree showgoers who just want to have a good time.”
Adora (30) will be the star attraction at the “Night with Adora” concert scheduled to take place at Tama Take Away and Beer Garden in Swakopmund on 1 February.
The Namibian songbird was born as Lilani Kisting in Keetmanshoop and is popularly referred to as the “Queen of the South”.
“I expect the coastal crowd to bring a good vibe. My Swakopmund-based fans in particular have always shown great love and support every single time I performed there. I am really looking forward to seeing people having fun. I know my Swakopmund fans as carefree show-goers who want to have a good time,” she said.
Adora received five nominations at the 2017 Namibian Annual Namibian Awards (NAMAs), namely Best Female Artist, Best Newcomer, Best Collaboration, Best Music Video and Best R&B Artist of the Year.
The 2017 Most Disciplined Artist of the Year has a routine she follows before going on stage to perform and she is proud of the fact that she has never performed under the influence of alcohol.
“This is because I needed to learn and accept my character in the most sober state of mind. Meditation helps me contain my excitement and adrenalin. It assists me to better control and channel while on stage,” she said.
She completed grade 12 at Hochland High School in Windhoek, having also attended Martin Luther High School in Omaruru prior to that.
According to the singer, her true persona Lilani (when she is at home) differs from that of her alter ego Adora (when she is on stage).
“Lilani is much more reserved, quiet, shy and private. Adora is an extrovert, confident, loud and a big flirt. There are a few qualities both share such as being active, totally loving the sea and being social,” she said.
The gifted songstress who fuses R&B, soul, gospel, afro-pop and traditional music, explained how she chose her stage name.
“Allan Jonathan, who is also known as Swart Baster, discovered and told me that Lilani wouldn't sell because it is a difficult name for everyone to pronounce or remember. It took us a long time to decide on a name but eventually my adorable character came forth and that inspired the name,” she said.
Adora released a music video of her latest single “Pirikiti” this month. The video was recorded at the Spitzkoppe Rest Camp. “I performed at the Spitzkoppe Rock Fest in October last year. The Paladin Pictures crew didn't hesitate to use that as an opportunity to get some great shots,” she said.
She hinted that she would also perform the new single at the upcoming concert, saying that she loves adding new songs to her performance set and is excited to hear her fans sing along to the hit.
Adora is signed under the Phoenix Media Group music label, a company she partly owns and co-founded. She attributed her growth as a musician to her upbringing as well as having performed with live bands during her childhood.
Her debut album As I am, was released in 2016 and features hits like “Ahawe” and “Chocolate”.
She released her second album Rise in March last year. With Preezy, Glo Solani and Arrafath Muhuure mastering the production of the album. Adora collaborated with the likes of 2018 NAMAs Male Artist of the Year Kalux and the Swakopmund-based vocalist Jaliza for the album.
“Rise did surprisingly well. Within a month, almost all my distributors needed more stock. The music spread like wild fire. I think the most sentimental track and the one that lies closest to my heart on the album is ‘Sometimes’.”
The best choral writer she knows is her father, Paul Kisting, who wrote the song for her.
She entered for the 2020 NAMAs and has a lot planned for the year.
“I am pushing Rise but will add some new material. I released three music videos in January and I'm fired up about the year. This year will see many collaborative projects as well as a fast-growing brand. Our reality show called ‘Die Eintlike Vibe’ will be on television screens by the end of February.”
She encourages the youth to study hard and to be patient as everything takes time.
“I had to learn the hard way that everything has its time. Don't rush to be an adult because it can be stressful when you don't have your life in order. Always remember, real rewards take time.”
Adora began singing when she was seven years old. As she grew up, she drew attention in her local church where her father was a pastor. At age of 14, she first attended the College of the Arts for piano lessons. At a later age, she attended the college again for vocal training in classical music.
In 2003, South African Idols decided to pay a visit to Namibia. Adora was only 13 at the time and proceeded to the final round.