Flying the flag high

Local entertainers were active participants on the global entertainment scene in 2019.

13 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Whether it was collaboration, performance, appearance, recording in a foreign studio or award nominations, 2019 saw Namibian entertainers participate actively in the global market.

In defining the Namibian entertainment identity, artists are general wary of getting get caught up in South African, Nigerian or American definition of what art and music are supposed to be.

However, it is important that we compete and participate outside of the country's borders, and this year has been a step in the right direction.

Here is a brief wrap-up of which local entertainers flew the Namibian flag high with amazing international achievements in 2019.

Music features

Award-winning saxophonist Suzy Eises recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London as part of an orchestra that featured one musician from each country.

DJ Dreas was in Cape Town at the Red Bull Music Studios, where he was invited to record and produce music for a week. Some of that music was released yesterday as part of his Tangerine EP, which is available on all popular digital platforms.

In May, Coke Studio South Africa released the Switch It Up music video featuring Lioness, Boity and Nazizi. It is the first Coke Studio Africa 2019 original track to be made into a music video.

Kp Illest featured African hip-hop royalty Ice Prince on a song titled Energy. Ice Prince even visited Namibia to shoot the music video.

DJ Siya worked with Zambia's Petersen Zagaze on his smash hit single Kabunya. The two recently released the music video for the song.

Tours and performances

Award-winning singer Jaleel was once again a part of Waldorf's Hit The Beat tour in Europe in August. Jaleel also signed management and publishing deals with music manager Claude Schmidt and Gema publishing house, respectively.

Taylor Jaye waved the Namibian flag high when she performed at the One Africa Music Fest in Dubai on 15 November.

Vaughn Ahrens went on tour in November. He did solo gigs in Finland and then flew to Germany with a band. His last stop was in the Netherlands.

Tap the Guy was invited by Welwitschia, a German organisation that specialises in cultural exchange programmes between Germany and Namibia. He was in Germany sharing Namibian jokes.

2019 was quite an eventful year for Lioness, this year she also performed at the Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi.


Similar News


Blazing hot videos

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE With three music videos under her belt just 24 days into...

Has music lost its soul?

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

It seems many artists have moved away from making music with a message to just endorsing a fake lavish lifestyle. Today, music needs videos for...

Sustainability within the fashion industry

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Fashion Futures, a collaborative project led by Chenesai in partnership with the British Council and Nataal Media, debuted last Thursday. The new body of work...

Do It Yourself

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

KALISTU MUKOROLI In 2020, take control of your brand. Only you can make it a success – your team is just there to assist. A...

No skipping required

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

STAFF REPORTER Up-and-coming Afro-pop artist Zikizee Hangero, better known as Zikii, shines on her debut album Spread The Love, which is dominated by matters of...

The lone ranger of music

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Names like TKB, MIG and M-Gee form the fabric of music from Kavango; woven into the rich and colourful tapestry that is the Namibian sound....

Back with a bang

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Nam Comedy Circle ended with a bang last year, leaving the Kalabar packed with comedy devotees spilling into the passage leading to the stairs and...

My album is done – DJ Shoza

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

DJ Shoza, real name Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma Shiimi, recently shot the music video for his third single Baksteen, off his forthcoming debut album. The song...

Championing a sound

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Straight from Katima Mulilo, DJ Vuyo is a name you're bound to get used to. He's been putting in the work and is clearly determined...

A passion for runways

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

With seven years of modelling experience, Jessica Mundie Uiras is confident she is the right person to represent Namibia at Miss Charm 2020, slated for...

Latest News

No evidence of ritual killing

18 hours ago | Crime

The police are contemplating DNA tests, if the police kitty allows, to identify the young Zimbabwean girl whose charred remains were found in a garbage...

Lightning kills 11 cattle in...

18 hours ago | Accidents

A farmer at Epingiro village in the Kavango West Region's Ncamagoro Constituency suffered a loss when lightning killed 11 of his cattle on Sunday evening....

A day in the life...

18 hours ago | People

Michelline Nawatises Samuel Mayele Nghipandulwa is 23 years old and hails from Ruacana, Oshifo. He started grade one and two at Oshoopala Combined School and...

Land question remains unanswered

18 hours ago | Opinion

We have said before that land reform in Namibia, which is currently a hot topic, should not be politicised. There is a general agreement that...

The importance of a pat...

18 hours ago | Columns

Ester KamatiWe often overlook how important it is for a person to be thanked or praised after they’ve put their energy into something which eventually...

Judges throw out shocking spliff...

18 hours ago | Justice

A N$4 000 fine or two-year prison sentence for possession of a single two-gram dagga joint worth N$20 was tossed out by two High Court...

Your future in dance awaits

18 hours ago | Youth

Ester Kamati The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust has the main mandate to create social awareness through the arts and has been doing so for the...

The youth speak up

18 hours ago | Education

Elizabeth JosephYoung people all over Windhoek came together this weekend to discuss ways in which the health ministry and the government can make hospital facilities...

Grade 1 class receives hope

18 hours ago | Education

Elizabeth Joseph Many Namibian children go to school without shoes or so much as a meal to get them through the day. The children...

Load More