Stoney Mubiana honoured at NAMAs

Lifetime Achiever's Award 2019

09 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

One of Namibia's fathers of music and versatile musical architects at the stroke of independence, the Mama Waka singer was a popular performer in the live music circuit, with a rare talent, at the time.

Katima Mulilo's own pride was one of the first artist from the region to combine traditional music with modern instrumentation, blending Kizomba and African beats. He became renowned for publishing backtracks for local adverts. Then determined, Mubiana was always ready to hit the music scene with his African rhythm and disco music.

He rubbed shoulders with continental heavyweights and secured nominations in the Africa Song Competition with his song Mama WaKa. He made music for Africa and the world.

“In a country like ours with many cultural groups, you have to play a variety of music in order to satisfy the different tastes,” Mubiana said.

Mubiana, who during his time encouraged women to join the music industry, was one of the trailblazers who was determined to push Namibian music and grow the industry, which was still in its infancy.

The burning passion for music that lived in him led to him quitting his job to allow him to further his knowledge of music. In 1990, he moved to Windhoek where he studied composition and music theory and also mastered the art of the keyboard.

Stoney Mubiana later became the Senior Music Librarian at the NBC and a member of the board of directors for Namibia Society of Composer and Authors of Music (Nascam).

His contribution to the Namibian music industry remains instrumental and he has made an invaluable mark on the industry that helped ignite and set local music and talent on a growth route.

Stoney Mubiana passed on in 2003.