My name is Kiki Nam Nam and I was adopted as a baby from an orphanage in Mumbai by a Swiss family. I grew up in the Canton of Basel, but I have never lost my Indian roots. India is in my heart and will remain there forever. At the age of five, I began to learn the Indian temple dance. Later, I also learned Hindi, and since my teenage years, I have been travelling to India on a regular basis. The children’s home where my brother and I were born is like a second home to me, which is why I was part of the documentary ‘Meine Reise nach Mumbai’ (My Journey to Mumbai), which documented my encounters with life in my old homeland. It was broadcast on German television (ARD/SWR) in 2014.
I can express myself through music. For me, music has always been a way to communicate through a filter. It is a protective shield that surrounds me, a shock absorber, a catalyst, a kind of translator between me and both what lies inside and the world outside. Music intensifies emotions and gives weight, significance, and truth to words that I find very hard to say.
I started out in the classic way, in a girls’ choir. This was followed by piano and singing lessons, first performances, solo performances, etc. Naturally, in addition to listening to classical music, I also listened to pop. But I soon found ‘my music’ in black music and hip-hop. At this point, this was where I felt free, and because of this, I started writing my own songs. I even recorded and released some of them.
I write and sing all my songs in English because it allows me to address things or sing about highly personal matters in a more direct way. My taste in music was mainly influenced by American music.
After a few twists and turns, I ended up at music college in Vienna, where I studied for a year. Lyric coloratura soprano … it really wasn’t for me. Then I tried jazz school in Basel. Things started out well there, but I began to feel trapped: all the rules, what you are allowed to do, what you are not allowed to do, what is right, what is wrong, the timbre of my voice is not suited to jazz … it was all a bit elitist for me. Add to this the fact that although I really love both classical music and jazz, actually performing jazz was never really a passion of mine.
After numerous attempts to find my niche in music, I decided that the music business is not for me. I completed commercial training in the event sector and worked in a number of event agencies. My flair for sales got me a fantastic job in a business information company. During this time, while working successfully in the field in the area of risk management and really enjoying the independence and the freedom, I decided to go back to college to get an MAS in Culture Management at the University of Basel. This re-awakened my love of culture and creativity.
Music is my love and my life
I have spent a lot of time thinking about the music business, and there are days when I don’t want to have anything to do with the ‘circus’. But the simple fact of the matter is that I really do want to work in the music business and I am absolutely determined to prove (both to me and to all those people who doubt me and tell me that I won’t make it and that it is virtually impossible nowadays to carve out a career in music), that I really can do it and that with talent, brains, endurance, an iron will, and the willingness to fight and work hard, I will do it.
I have received a lot of positive feedback about my new songs. This and the fact that a renowned management team and a traditional record label (Musikvertrieb AG) have decided to work on my behalf are a promising foundation for the release of my album in 2019 and my continued development as a Swiss musician with country pop Indian roots.
- May 17th, 2019: release album ‘KiKi NAM NAM’
- January 2019: release of my first single and video ‘Selfie’
- August 2018: signing of a tape lease deal with Musikvertrieb AG
- June 2018: SUISA Songwriting Camp 2018, Powerplay Studio Zürich
- May 2018: new management & booking, LM-Enterprises, Lukas Moser
- October 2017: recording of my album at Blackbird Studio, Nashville, TN
- June/July 2017: album preproduction at the Rebel Inc. Studio with Baschi & Phil Merk
- Lead acting role: ‘Aladine’ in the French opera “Ariane et Barbe-bleue’, Stadttheater Basel
- 2017: ESC Switzerland candidate, Top 10
- Dance Track ‘Night to remember’ with DJ Klaas (Screem&Shout DE, Beatport Charts ‘Deephouse’, Top 20)
- Countless performances with FIFTHAVENUE (galas, corporate events)
- 2013–2015: house band at the five-star hotel Les Trois Rois, Basel
- Children’s opera ‘Hänsel & Gretel’, Stadttheater Basel, leading role “Sandman, the sleep fairy’
- Musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Stadttheater Basel, member of the ensemble
- Protagonist in the ARD/SWR documentary “Meine Reise nach Mumbai ” (Socialwork in Mumbai)
- Graduation Master in Arts Management, Universität Basel Stadt
- Short film, The Backseat, major role
- Germany’s Best Bollywood Dancer RTL, finalist (Top 4)
- EP Sunanda, Leave it behind, Milieu Records (Radio SRF Virus Trend-Charts No.1)
- Support Act ‘No Angels-Tour’ RTL II stage
- Hip-Brass-Hop-Opera EXPO 2002 ‘Under the bridge’, leading role “Lya” with the Swiss Army Brassband
- Various artist features…