Since the beginning of August, the city centre of Tromsø has been decorated with posters of this «woman with the parrot. Anyone who believes the frontwoman of Silya & The Sailors is merely a national starlet is definitely on the wrong track…
Silya, whose real name is Silje Nymoen, has not only succeeded as a singer with the Norwegian pop, soul and hip-hop trio Multicyde, (under the pseudonym «Anéa»), but as a songwriter for international stars. Silya’s work went global a long time ago, with artists such as: Vanessa Hudgens («Sneakernight»), Vanessa Amorosi («Kiss Your Mama!»), and Stefanie Heinzmann («Masterplan»). The last two titles even went gold in their respective home countries. On September 4th, Silya herself was in the spotlight on the big SNN stage at Studenthuset Driv, supported on-stage by her Sailors.
Full of charm and grace, Silya entered the stage wearing a red dress with black polka dots, moving in sync with the brass instrumentalists while the first notes of the opener, «Loverman Stick Up» played. Tonight’s show was all about her current album, «Unanchored» from which we heard: «Little Thing Called Love», «Become My Dream», «Trailblazer», «Sucka» and «Extraordinary».
Quite soon it became clear that it’s not easy to classify the musical style of Silya. «Soul-meets-Rock-meets-Cabaret» could be one description. It’s not only her powerful voice that impressed, but her amusing cabaret attitude; one moment she appeared to be an inaccessible diva, the next she rummaged in her cleavage with a big grin on her face, to make sure that nothing would jump out while she bounced merrily on stage. And then there were her Sailor Boys, uniformly dressed in red Hawaiian-print shirts. In combination with the backdrop, which was intended to symbolise the sea, Silya’s companions made the scenery look perfect.
All in all, Silya & The Sailors provided a very entertaining show, finalised by the rockier track «New Wave». Considering the high entertainment factor and the great attention to detail with which the scenery had been set up, the ticket prices between 335 NOK and 385 NOK could be regarded as reasonable, and so we hope that Captain Silya – who lives both in Norway’s capital Oslo and in New York City – will sail her ship to Tromsø again one day.
Text: Stefanie Singh