Vince makes music to inspire others. To let people feel the sound of true personality. Songs that may reach out, touch and uplift the listener.


Vince: a man of milk and honey

The Vince story is best told with a short Middle Eastern allegory as a prologue.

Once upon a time or maybe twice, there was a musicologist who embarked on a journey to the Middle East in search of authentic tribal sounds and rhythms, his main goal was an encounter with a legendary flutist, whom legend had it, his flute playing melted every listeners heart.

After roaming the Middle Eastern lands for some time, the musicologist met with the great maestro, flute virtuoso and court flutist of the Hashemite Palace, the famous Ras al Djaffar.

The musicologist was welcomed warmly in the maestro’s tent with a banquet and a mighty feast in his honour; whereupon some of the maestro’s most talented students performed their arts to the distinguished guest, on their flutes.

To the amazement of the musicologist, the craftsmanship and level of these students was so high, that the musicologist just sat there and listened in absolute fascination. The most intricate and complicated rhythmic melodies were flowing together like a confluent stream, into a perfect and ingenious musical harmony.

Last but not least, as an encore of this musical session, and which was considered as ‘moment supreme’, maestro Ras al Djaffar picked up his flute and played a single note for a single moment, whereupon guest and students alike, enraptured by the maestro cheered and applauded his Excellency.

The musicologist slightly dismayed, yet full of anticipation for Ras al Djaffar’s art and craftsmanship, hesitatingly asked him: “Maestro Al Djaffar, all your students just played the most intricate and complicated rhythmic melodies, yet you, the ‘Maestro’, just played a single note for a single moment, whilst your flute playing and musical knowledge is honoured and revered all over this region. What would be the reason for this?”

Maestro Ras al Djaffar frowned a second, smiled and answered his distinguished guest’s question wisely: “My dear foreign guest. All my students are obsessively searching for their ideal note, they are searching and searching, sometimes they even search between the most intricate and complicated musical melodies and rhythms. Yours truly, maestro Al Djaffar has long found his ideal note, which you’ve just heard.”

Vince: guitarist and singer/songwriter. Just like Ras al Djaffar students has been searching for his ideal note, which could be the metaphor for an own sound and style, by studying and analyzing a multitude of musical genres.

One might describe Vince’s repertoire as a ‘crossover’, yet it’s merely a subtle mix of funk blues, African Highlife and Brazilian Sambas, which results in an extraordinary repertoire of diverse styles and songs sung in different languages.

The one main theme of a Vince show is Groove: Phat Afro-Funky Groove.



Written By: Vincent van Hessen

Tell her what is love
To covet is a sin
Her ultimate resolve
To apply her discipline
For no man is to love her, sincerely
She told us she would rather be free
The apple fell not far from the tree.

The tree was ment for life
It said so in a book
All men will live in strife
For the knowledge that they took
But she had all the answers and used them, the question that much later arose: to be or not to be the man?

All around the world, they sing your song, even Noah's mum she sings along.
And when they're done they call you: redeem all mankind.

Noah was a man
who built himsef an ark
To escape the heavy rains
that doomed up in the dark.
In the kingdom of the jungle a few frieds met.
Scorpio stung a Leo in its paw,
while the serpent wrote a tale of woe.

Jacob was in love
but the godess wasn't keen,
descending from above was an angel making scenes:
if you want to win her heart man, indulge me, seven years you'll work as a slave, considering your seed will be spread."

All around the world, they'll sing your song.
Even Noah's mum will sings along.
And when you've reached, your climax, you'll redeem all mankind.

Spare some change for a brother

Written By: Vincent van Hessen

"Hey yo brother won't you spare me some change, hell you know I've missed the nine twenty train, it's so stupid but I'm not what you think, I might seem filthy but I'm sober and clean."

The man had four dreadlocks hanging of his head, by smell you tell he last bathed in May.
Missed a night train? the guy lost all tracks.
So come on then nigga' just give me a break, so he asked me to:
Spare some change for a brother, would you spare some change for brother, and I'll be on my way.

So I gave that brother a quater or two.
I told him:"Listen my check's over due."
Some how I feel guilty, and he knows how it works.
But then again angeldust boy,
I'm chronically broke, so I asked him to: spare some change for a brother, would you, spare some change for a brother, spare some change for a brother and I'll be on my way.
I'll be on my way.........
I'll be on my way.........

get the f**k out of here man
Hey I work for my money man
Do I look rich..........
Get the f**k out of here...


Cooshi (Vince): the Hetaira, self relesed CD
No current radio airplays.
Between 1995 and 2002 a number of demos were released for the purpose of showcasing.

Set List

Set List:
The Vince shows usually last up to three hours if the mood is right.
The set list apart from the original songs of Vince which is the main domain of the set list, will be blended with covers like:

- Who is he and what is he to you by Bill Withers.
- Flor de Lis by Djavan
- Thankful and Thoughtful by Sly and Family Stone
- Kiss by Prince
- Yaponsa a tradtional Ghanian song
- Vincet by Don McLean
- Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré
- No woman no cry by Bob Marley (not the actual songwriter)
- Everybody's Talking by Fred Neil
- O Pato by Jeao Gilberto
- The Fields the Sky by Pat Metheny
- Father Figure by George Michael
- Nasikitika by Remi Ongala
- Transberos by Sam Mangwana
- Bleeding Heart by James Elmore
- And the wind cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix
- Oreo cookie blues by Lonnie Mack
- Twenty nine dollars by Tom Waits
- Step right up by Tom Waits
- Orignal suffer head by Fela Kuti
- Lady by Fela Kuti
and many more. the set list always depands on the venue and