Pianist, singer/song-writer Afra Kane, boasts a great variety of musical and cultural backgrounds: her influences span from Classical, Jazz, Motown, RnB and Afro-gospel music. Born in Italy from a Nigerian background into a Christian family, she was encouraged by her mother to take piano lessons in order to accompany the worship service at her church.
Soon, she was introduced into classical piano education that carried on throughout her childhood and early adulthood. She was admitted in various Conservatoires around Europe, respectively in Vicenza, Italy, in Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, where she got a degree in piano performance.
During this time, she attended numerous masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Alexandre Madjzar, Federico Colli and Peter Nagy and took part in a few collaborations with chamber ensembles and orchestras as a soloist, performing piano concertos by Mozart, Saint-Saens and Gershwin.
On a parallel level what seemed to be a very demanding journey on her classical music studies, led her to free herself through singing and listening to a variety of artists, who would later inspire her to write her own compositions: Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Otis Redding to name a few.
After moving to Switzerland in 2015, she decides to start her career as a singer-songwriter, composing and performing on both piano and voice her own songs: her music-being a beautiful blend of Jazz nuances, inscribed into classical influences, balanced by a soulful and powerful voice- expresses melancholy, faith and depth.
In 2016, she releases two singles “No pain, No gain” and “Stand Still” and in 2018, "Twenty-II" come out, the single from her debut EP “Scorpio". Released in January 2019, it is an auto-produced collaboration with Christophe Farine, which has received a good media coverage on Couleur3, Paradiso, Espace 2, Grrif, and RTN.
Afra Kane has been invited to play at the Swiss Institute of Rome, as well as participating in Jack Savoretti’s Italian tour as a guest-opening act, respectively in Padua, Milan and Rome. In Switzerland, she now has sold out shows at the Queen Kong Club, the small room of the La Case à Choc; she has performed in venues such as the Bee-flat, in Bern and will be performing at Festi'neuch this summer as well as accompanying Muthoni Drummer Queen on her European tour.