‘Grey’: 2021’s most anticipated debut

It has been an exciting year for R&B singer Waters, and it is about to get even better.

08 October 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

It’s one thing to put pressure on yourself to achieve your dreams; it’s a completely different ball game to have the carry an entire genre on your shoulders. Such is the position of Namibian R&B singer, Waters.

Not what you would consider a conventional artist, Waters is on mission to break the mould of R&B music in Namibia. He is thrilled to present his debut album – ‘Grey’.

Having shared the album cover and the official track list on his social media recently, the release of ‘Grey’ is scheduled for Friday, 29 October.

In an interview with tjil, the singer shared he is in such a great space and doing better than ever, adding that people should expect nothing but good vibes from his forthcoming body of work.

He mentioned that it took about six months to get the project to a point he felt comfortable and happy to give it to the people.

“I hope people learn something about me from this project because I feel like they don’t know as much just yet and what I can do,” Waters said.

Going with the flow

With an overwhelmingly positive response to the announcement on social media, you would assume Waters and his team have a solid roll-out and distribution plan. He, however, dismisses that assumption, saying: “I don’t really have a plan, I’m just going with the flow”.

Acknowledging the creative minds he worked with on ‘Grey’, the singer mentioned KBoz, Chris Wayne, Zesh Domingo and Focus La Gqomist, the producers he collaborated with on the album.

In terms of features, he enlisted Lioness, Kp Illest, Skrypt, Babii, Page, Nally and King Elegant.

In February, Waters dropped his first body of work packaged as a four-track EP titled ‘Two Sides’. That EP once again exposed the country to his powerful vocal ability. So impressive that organisers of Namibian Sun’s Hunter’s tjil sessions enlisted his services for the show’s sophomore instalment. His music is a breath of fresh air with swag and demeanour to match. Don’t say tjil didn’t warn you.

Part of the revolution

Now more than ever, R&B’s presence on the music scene is imperative. So, it’s impressive that Waters has thrown his hat in the ring and is part of the revolution currently going on.

“My debut album consists of 15 songs. The music videos are a surprise, so I won’t get into how many videos you can expect to complement this body of work,” he shared.

The 23-year-old has been making music since he was 14 and always had a passion for creating, recording dozens of songs throughout this period.

With the music we’ve heard from him thus far, he is versed in various topics and vocalises his thoughts on frivolous things but becomes a little introspective when the instrumental or feel of the song calls for it – revisit ‘Two Sides’ for this analysis.

Milestones

Asked what milestones he wants to achieve with ‘Grey’, Waters - who is hungry for success - said, he wants to obtain everything with this album.

Concluding the conversation with tjil, the musician mentioned comfortable, creative and thoughtful as some of the words he wants people to remember him by when it is all said and done.

Waters is billed to perform at the Culture show slated to take place tomorrow at The Brewers Market, and seeing that it’s a performance that’s just a few weeks from the drop of ‘Grey’, fans might be in for a treat with exclusive songs off the album.

‘Grey’ will be available on all major streaming platforms.

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