Growing hip-hop in the north

Possibly one of the most influential new school rappers in the north right now, the musiciana boasts quality work and an impressive contribution to Namibian hip-hop.

14 August 2020 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

WINDHOEK



Skipper Wills' breakthrough came in 2017 when he was selected to take part in the Old & New hip-hop documentary. He has since released his first EP, Wills Makaveli, and hosted one of the first hip-hop cyphers in the north, North Side Cypher. tjil caught up with the rapper, whose real name is Malima William, recently.



tjil (t): You have been around for some time now. With an EP and music video to your name, when can the game expect a fully-fledged album?

Skipper Wills (SW): After the EP, I've been on a genre tour. Still finding my own sound and I'm left with amapiano and kwaito that I'm yet to drop. Only then I can start with an album when I've fully explored the industry and picked my very own Skipper Wills sound.



t: What are your goals? How far do you want to go?

SW: With the type of sound I've been giving my fans, I've been getting a very positive response, especially on the Ngandjera vernacular I throw in. I want to be that international hip-hop artist who raps in Ngandjera, representing the country overseas and giving young rappers an opportunity to show the world their work.



t: Besides music, what do you do?

SW: I'm a qualified mechanical engineer, specifically a boilermaker artisan.



t: What's your take on the state of music in the north?

SW: Music in the north is moving so fast, there's a massive support here, so in a short period of time, the north will be the centre of music in the country. It's only exposure and sponsors that we are lacking here, otherwise we could be moving very fast. There's such great collection of young talent here.

To top it all, 2020 has been a really great year for me. More doors have opened in my favour and I'm still praying for more opportunities. I'm really proud of the artist my fans have shaped me into.

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