Lana Crowster

Singer | Songwriter | Producer | Music Educator
Bachelor of Music & Post Graduate Diploma (Jazz Studies)

Lana Crowster is a singer, song-writer, producer, band leader and music educator based in Cape Town, South Africa. Lana started singing at the age of 2 and began her career in performance at the tender age of 6.

Armed with a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Post Graduate Diploma in Jazz Performance from The University of Cape Town, Lana is one of South Africa’s most sought after performers. From international performances to providing ethereal vocal landscapes for the award winning feature film documentary “Sidney & Friends”, featuring in the first season of The Voice South Africa as well as winning the top prize of performing at The 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival in the ESP Afrika Young Legends Competition, Lana’s versatility as an artist is as consistent as it is enthralling.

With a career already spanning 18 years, and which includes sharing stages with local and international artists this vocal powerhouse has already proven that her creative skills extend far beyond the stage. She has produced two albums independently, 2013’s “Seasons EP” and 2019’s “Subconscious”. In 2018 Lana founded South Africa’s first professional all women Big Band, The Lady Day Big Band, which was created with the aim of social upliftment through music and normalisation of the woman musician. 

As an advocate for music education and empowerment of young artists, Lana continues to expand her expertise both on and off stage. 2021 will see her pursue her Masters in Music Business at New York University.

Q&A

1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?

“As a woman of colour from the Cape Flats, I’m extremely proud of my career in its’ entirety. The fact that I have sustained a career in music for almost 20 years now, despite the many set-backs and challenges, is something I pride myself on. Sharing stages with artists like Josh Groban, George Benson, Karen Zoid and many others has made me realise that with hard work, tenacity, resilience and determination anything is possible. I try to remind myself that every set-back is a set-up for a greater comeback.”

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?

Fear of failure which is rooted in generational trauma. The level of self-awareness needed to conquer feelings of inadequacy and fear is a daily practice & motivator, despite the challenges.

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?

I am an advocate for the importance of music education, women in music and entrepreneurial training for artists. As the founder of The Lady Day Big Band – South Africa’s first all women big band – I intend to contribute to these sectors by ensuring this project remains a legacy project through outreach projects, community based workshops and performances. The goal is to inspire girls and young woman to pursue their passions, regardless of any challenges they may face.

FUN FACTS:

“Obsessed with fashion design & creation. So much so that I have my own label called Since 87 – and yes, I do make all my own stage wear. DIY projects, painting and up-cycling (I am a wiz with a glue gun, cardboard and contact paper!). Any form of creativity is a source of immeasurable joy for me.”

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