Angie Santana is a Johannesburg based, R&B/Trapsoul Singer and Songwritter. She was always an entertainer from a very young age, and knew she wanted to be a superstar when she heard BoomShaka’s “Its About Time”. At the age of 14 she moved to the Northern Cape, Kimberley with her Family, where she started a whole new journey, and joined her first Choir at St. Boniface High School.
Angie wasn’t trying to pursue music at this point in time, she was actually more interested in being a lawyer. So she was more concerned with passing at school. In 2007 she got a scholarship to go study at The International School Of South Africa, in Mahikeng. This is where she spent the next 6 years of her life.
Being in a foreign city and environment, alone with no family, she soon turned to the one thing that would bring her comfort….Music. She immediately joined the school ‘Youth Choir’. We caught up with Angie Santana to find out about her latest release, featuring Indigo Stella and her journey in music, here’s what she had to say;
IceKream: Can you tell us a bit about yourself, who is Angie Santana and how did the name come about?
Angie Santana: Born Angelico Santana Vanto, I am a 25 year old RnB Singer and Songwriter born in Johannesburg grew up between Kimberley and Mahikeng. I’m a huge sneaker-head and a huuuge Chicago Bulls supporter. Angie is my nickname and Santana my second name… It just sounded so cool together so I ran with it.
IceKream: When did you start making music and how did you get into it?
Angie Santana: Started Making music at the age of 16. Met an amazing producer at my school we would try the school’s studio out for fun and I decided I wanted to do it professionally. Ended up taking it way more seriously and the rest is history.
IceKream: What aspect of your new track ‘Money’ are you most excited for people to hear? And why did you chose to work with Indigo Stella on the new track?
Angie Santana: People think I’m just a RnB Singer and that I’m overly emotional and only sing about love and heartbreak. In this song people get to hear the grim in me, the fun, the sexy the fierce and the hip hop.
I absolutely love Indigo Stella, she’s such a beautiful person inside and out. Mad talented. I immediately heard her on the song when Herc and I initially finished it. She just floated on the beat and I won’t lie it was everything I expected!
IceKream: Hip-hop is a genre whose tradition is associated with swagger and confidence. As an artist and as a music lover, how has hip-hop empowered you?
Angie Santana: I definitely believe I’m confident and that I have my own swagger. I love Rap music and it has played a huge role in my own genre and my sound. I try and incorporate Hip hop into my sound as much as possible.
IceKream: What’s next? What is the ultimate goal for Angie Santana?
Angie Santana: I’m definitely trying to work on as much music as possible. Building my discography is important. I want to make music for everything and everyone. The next few years are very crucial for me. I want to reach every single goal I’ve set for myself. Locally and Globally.
5-scoops-of-facts you didn’t know about Angie Santana:
Scoop 1: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world — who would they be and where would you take them?
Angie: Regina Hall , I’d take her to Nandos. I personally think our Nando’s chicken is better than any other place in the world. Lol
Scoop 2: Who are your creative influences / inspirations?
Angie: Aaliyah , Lauryn Hill and Babyface
Scoop 3: What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Angie: Erykah Badu – Tyrone
Scoop 4: Bungee jumping, sky diving or getting inked?
Angie: Getting Inked. I’m afraid of heights
Scoop 5: In terms of career, what did you want to be when you were a kid?
Angie: I wanted to be a lawyer.