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Lazarus Shiimi, or Gazza as he is more popularly know, has become one of the most commercially successful artists in Namibia and mixes Kwaito, Dancehall, reggae and hip-hop into his unique sound. He has already released a string of albums, and his lyrics, that often revolve around township life, are popular with young and old alike. Gazza held over 30 Music Awards, as well as his own record label. With John Legend as one of his muses, soulful tunes of Jermain Casper have recently been making waves on the Namibian music scene. His R & B-style music hints at personal obstacles he has had to overcome in his life, and his lyrics pull at heartstrings, as he sings of unrequited love and raw emotional situations. Edgy sensuality also features on his playlist. A young, up-and-coming artist, Jermain Casper is one name to remember. Lady May is rat as most popular female artist in Namibia and she has been nominated for, and won, several Channel O Music Video Awards. Her favoured musical genres are Afropop and House, while her unique sound combines Oshiwambo traditional music and Western style Pop. Although born in Angola, she has resided in Namibia since 1994 and has made history as the first Namibian to be released in South Africa and play on South African radios. Dogg is a Kwaito artist hailing from Namibia who enjoys conveying messages about real life through his music. He is an award-winning artist and businessman and has his own record label called Mshasho Productions. He is one of Namibia's best-selling artists and has performed throughout Africa as well as in England, Canada and France. Dogg has collaborated with many other successful African musicians and his Kwaito / hip-hop style and rough voice have found popular appeal. This songwriter and musician began his music career in the jazz genre but soon realise that his heart and soul belong to old-school rhythmnblues. His complex personality and lyrical skills come through strongly in his music and his songs cover personal topics such as relationships, faith, family and societal problems. The honesty and sincerity of his music make it hard to ignore. Another relative newcomer to the Namibian music scene that should be note. Great ability to tell stories and socially conscious lyrics are musical ingredients that make Sunny Boy a well-know name in Namibia. He performs brand of music known as hika, intriguing fusion of hip-hop and Kwaito, and had his first hit single in 2005. He has had music in his blood since a young age and once toured as back-up artist with Gazaa and Dogg. Stanzo is a young rapper, director, visual artist and producer. He only released his first official single in 2016 but has already garnered himself a strong and growing fan base. He says music has been part of his life since a young age and all his songs relate to his own personal life experiences.

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Folk music

Traditional Namibian dances occur at events such as weddings and at traditional festivals such as Caprivi Arts Festival. Folk Music accompanies storytelling or dancing. Nama people use various strings, flutes and drums while Bantu use xylophones, gourds and horn trumpets. Herero people's Oviritje is popularly known as konsert. Otjiherero is the primary language of Oviritje Music. Oviritje was made popular by Kareke Henguva, pioneer of Modern Oviritje Music when he, together with the likes of Kakazona Kavari, Meisie Henguva and Oomzulu Pietersen, introduced the keyboard element as prior to the introduction of keyboard, Oviritje Music was performed with vocals only. Prior to Kareke, people like Matuarari Kaakunga and Bella Kazongominja have developed the Oviritje genre. Today, in recognition of his contribution to Oviritje Music, Kareke Henguva has been accorded the title of doctor of Modern Oviritje Music. Other groups that take over from Henguva and make this music popular are Wild Dogs from Okakarara area with their hit song Kaondeka, okazera from Omaheke Region, first group to include San-speaking member, Bullet ya Kaoko, based in Opuwo in Kunene Region, Tuponda, Katja, Millenium, Kareke and United Kingdom-base Oviritje queen Kakazona ua Kavari. Magaisa, dance music genre commonly known as Damara Punch, is performed by Stanley, Aubasen, Dixson and Damara Dikding. Phura Duwe is known to be the king of Ma / gaisa as he came up with this genre of music, then followed the likes of Raphael and Pele, Pule, Ruby and Riio. Many female singers are entering Ma / gaisa world yearly. The genre was derived from Damara traditional music and is mainly sung in Khoekhoegowab. Shambo, traditional dance music of Oshiwambo-speaking people, derives its name from Shambo Shakambode-Music. In the late nineties, Yoba Valombola blended existing Oshiwambo Music, widely organised by folk guitarist Kwela, Kangwe Keenyala, Boetie Simon, Lexington and Meme Nanghili na Shima. Later, Setson and Mighty Dread Band combined these and other Namibian styles and this was the birth of Shambo Shakambode Music. Yoba base Shambo on dominant guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and heavy talking bassline. Themes range from love to war and history. Young Namibian musicians contribute sampled tracks back by blend of house music and Kwaito. Prominent Shambo musicians include Tunakie, Ama Daz Floor, Tate Kwela and D-Naff, also a gospel musician. Kwiku mixes Shambo with Kwassa Kwassa. Genre was made popular by Tate Buti and his sister Janice with Faizel MC on the song kwiku. It is listened to by most Namibians, including Basters and Coloureds. In 2005, it was recognized by the Namibia Society of Composers and Authors of Music as one of Namibia's folk music genres. The Annual Sanlam-NBC Music Awards also included it as one of their awarding genres in 2005. Other kwiku artists include trio PDK, Olavi, Killa B, Castro, Faizel MC, Tunakie, and late YT de Wet. Afrikaans Music is also popular in Namibia. Afrikaans music is primarily influenced by European folk music.

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Township music

Until 1960, so-call Old Location had been the biggest settlement of black Namibians in what was then South West Africa. In direct proximity to white parts of the capital, Windhoek, its inhabitants were forcefully resettled to Katutura on the outskirts of town. The old location was closed in the mid-1960s. Writing its social history remains a work in progress. It had a vibrant inter-ethnic culture, which the Apartheid system aimed to destroy through deliberate segregation of inhabitants into tribes and forced separation of coloureds into new suburb of Khomasdal. Dancing competitions and music performances were an integral part of weekend life. A young photographer, Dieter Hinrichs, documented these events in 1959 and 1960. He donated his rare photos to the project. With forced resettlement to Katutura, local forms of music do not fade away. Rather, they re-emerge as poignant form of counter culture, manifesting resilience and perseverance. Axali Doeseb, co-founder of legendary band Ugly Creatures as well as composer of Namibias national anthem, recalls that in the 1960s and 1970s: Ugly Creatures was founded in 1971 as a high school band in a Lutheran boarding school in a rural setting. They soon became the most popular and most political local band. But their live performances at rallies held by the liberation movement Swapo limit their mobility and career.

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Keeping the musical fire burning

Sadly, end of Namibia's occupation also brought an end to the performances of those who had used their music as a weapon of resistance. But they have not all been forget. Some have made themselves heard again by touring the country to keep musical fire burning. Dub Namibias live music brand of all time, new formation of Ugly Creatures reappeared in 2007 at the Windhoek jazz festival, followed by a concert in 2008. Namibian Annual Music Awards honour Axali Doeseb 2014 with a lifetime achievement award. Two other legendary artists of the 1970s and 1980s jazz and jive music scene receive lifetime Awards in 2018. Finally, some of the most prominent township veteran musicians reconstitute into Hometown Band. The first public concert was in August 2019. As one of them state:

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