A short introduction, who are you and where did you live before you moved to The Hague, what’s the biggest difference so far?
Before moving to the Hague I lived in a small town in the north of Namibia, Otjiwarongo. Otjiwarongo is so small if you close your eyes as you arrive by car you will miss it when you exit before having glimpsed it. There is not much to do as it’s really a town that supports the farmers in the region. There are shops, bistros and a great community however, it’s not the ideal place to work on your music career (though it does offer inspiration for song lyrics).Compared to the Hague, which is culturally so rich with theatres, museums, festivals and music, it’s absolutely two different worlds.
Which location is the best kept secret for relaxing?
I take my dog for his morning walk in the Scheveningen Bos and it has become my place where I let my thoughts wander, and have my head cleared. There I witness all the seasons change which has become something dear to me, seeing from one day to the next the bos explode with spring. In Namibia, seasonal change is from drought to dry to rain.
The Hague is known for its extensive list of events & happenings throughout the year, which is your favourite?
Parkpop, it’s the biggest festival in Europe right here in The Hague with great international artists playing.
Where do you go to get the most tasty meal?
My favourite little restaurant is called Ruen Thai in The Hague. It’s very small and intimate and feels like your mother is cooking a delicious meal for you.
Which bars are the best places to meet new people without feeling an outsider?
Cafe de Bieb and Cafe de Libertijn are my favourite hang outs, one can have a beer and snack and meet people from all over the world in a “gezellige” environment.
Obviously you are a music buff, which place in The Hague is the most inspirational for you as a musician and why?
Paard van Troje, is the ultimate performance venue, where I would like to play. It’s the place for musicians who want to make a mark. With its immense history and 40 years of existence it’s the ultimate venue for musicians here in the Hague.
Where is the next gig in The Hague?
Our next gig in the Hague will be on July 18th where Danella Smith Band and Friends are performing at Cafe de Bieb a midsummer’s night fest. Please join us for this for a great, song-filled evening!
More about the Danella Smith Band:
Danella Smith Band is an Pop-rock band, with a folk-worldly-music charm, led by singer, songwriter and guitar player Danella Smith. Danella was born and raised in Namibia, and her love for her country shines through in her multilingual lyrics and sound of her songs.
Her band members, South African bass player Mark Brophy and Dutch drummer Dimitri Vlaanderen, compliment the songs which speak of her country’s African beauty and vastness. The band is regularly accompanied by the supremely talented guest player Maaike Peterse, on cello.
Together with Mark and Dimitri, Danella arranges beautiful, heartfelt songs punctuated by life’s positive vibes; while exploring the intangible with rhythm and heart. When the Danella Smith Band performs, they take you to sunny Africa, your toes buried in the “Lekker Sand”.
Photo credit: Govert Kreuk