Author: Strauss Lunyangwe
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Last year, some artists felt left in the dark when they did not get funding from The National Arts Council of Namibia (NACN) Covid-19 fund. The genre Amapiano continues to dominate the airwaves with most artists tapping into it to make a stand. And hip-hop music, also known as rap, is holding its head high with a show dedicated to it called Rap Attack on NBC TV. TV personality Nina Katangana will be sharing her knowledge in tv presenting throughout the year to interested candidates through her personalised training courses. German music video producer Marvin Ströter recently roped in the services of Award-winning artist EES to help him shoot the music video for Younotus, featuring MiCasa from South Africa. Music producer Mentos Goagoseb, also known as DJ Dozza, has decided it’s time to step out from behind the boards to become an artist himself. Winter is slowly creeping up and many of us have started unpacking our warm clothes to brace the cold air. While some go into hiding and others totally off the grid, notable figures especially women are still making their mark in their own right. The top five contestants of the first-ever Next Ma/Gaisa Star Search competition were recently announced by the Welwitschia Music Production (WMP) team. William Bongani //Garoeb, also known as Bonganisoul, was recently announced as one of five Namibian artists who will participate in the Africa Music Challenge. Staying true to his word earlier this year, Legg-Ghetto has finally made his debut acting career in a local film, titled Briefcase. After taking time off to focus on himself and his family business, DJ Twist is officially back on the airwaves. When Kwaito was the main genre ruling the airwaves, it was hard not to miss songs that Tre Van Die Kasie helped make popular such as ‘Can you feel it’ by King Tee Dee. Recently, the Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) CEO, John Max, said there will be a Covid-19 relief payment towards musicians, as the majority did not benefit from the first fund that was availed through the National Arts Council of Namibia to assist them during the Covid-19 crisis. Songbird Jaliza Jalilie is determined to dethrone her detractors and claim her seat at the royal table of music. After joining the 061Music crew in 2018, Bradley Malanton Rachellend Richter, popularly known as Balu, is slowly making his solo comeback this year. Zambezi region’s most celebrated DJ Siya, real name Siyaya Alexander Sikalumbu, is hosting a get-together at the old Club Chez Ntemba tomorrow. After dropping the mic last year, retired Afrikaans rapper Wambuseun opened the Namibia Film School (NFS) in Windhoek earlier this year. There is a saying that ‘life begins at 40’, and Mpho ‘Luvy’ Monyai, who recently celebrated her 40th birthday, fully agrees. Zenzi’s Coffee Shop is the proverbial ‘silver lining on a cloud’, because everyone working there, including owner, Zenzi Natasha Mubasen Awases, were retrenched from their previous places of work due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Former radio host Queen Paula’s lucky star continues rising. The brand ambassador and columnist is now also a television show presenter and the new face of NamRequest.