Based: Cape Town
Tina Schouw is a singer/ songwriter /musician and author who has worked in South Africa Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. She is a self taught musician who has produced and staged her own shows. She enjoys working as a solo artist; as part of the trio “Womantide”, and with her band. She has collaborated with various artists and has worked on various musical productions in South Africa. Her song writing cannot be categorised as it draws from the various genres of music, which include jazz, folk and latin and reflects her versatility as an artist. Her composition,” Free Spirit” was the theme music for the programme “Free Spirit” on SABC2 from 2004 -2009. Her song Guardian and the Keeper of the flame was used in the South African film-maker, Akiedah Mohammed’s movie, “Freedom is a personal journey” and it was the title of the dance and music theatre production with the Jazzart Dance Company in 2005 and 2006.
In September 2008 she was invited to perform at the Royale Theatre Carre”, as part of a showcase on South African artists, joining singer /songwriter Amanda Strydom, comedienne Nik Rabinowritz and MTV Award winning group Freshlyground. In April earlier that year she was invited to perform for the Nederlandse Zuid Afrikaanse Vereniging in Amsterdam. On the 6th June 2008, she and fellow singer/songwriter Natascha Roth organised a Xeno-Love- Here benefit concert for the Treatment Action Campaign’s relief fund to assist with their crisis relief work with displaced foreign nationals. In 2006 the Tina Schouw Band performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
In August 2008, Tina’s second album “The Goodnight Songs” (for children 0 – 99) was released under the African Cream Music Label once again all her original material. This followed her debut album, “BLEED” which was released in 2000, of which 11 of the twelve compositions were self penned. In June 2008 Tina launched her inspirational children’s story, “Dreamwalking”, illustrated by Adam Carnegie (Shuter Publishers) at the Cape Town Bookfair. Her second children’s story, “Who is it Who?” (a school reader for Cambridge University Press was published in 2009.