Let's Unite

An Otjiwarongo-based DJ, DJ Castro, says artists must work to impact the poor and the disadvantaged.

08 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

A local DJ from Otjiwarongo has embarked on a campaign called 'Let's Unite' which is aimed at reminding artists of the importance of collaborations and giving back to the community.

Uakengeza Seth Castro Ngoimue, better known as DJ Castro, spoke to tjil about his musical career and his Let's Unite campaign.

Growing up in streets of Otjiwarongo's Orwetoveni location, Ngoimue said that his love for music started way back when he was a dancer, before he transformed his career to become a DJ.

Ngoimue said that around 2011 and 2012, he was on an outing when he saw another DJ mixing on the decks and ever since that day, he believed that becoming a DJ was his thing, his calling.

“Music has been part of my lifestyle for many years,” Ngoimue said.

Ngoimue is currently working on his debut album which is expected to be released later this year.

However, the youthful and energetic DJ has released a number of singles including his famous 2017 hit titled Whistle which has thus far attracted about 10 000 views on YouTube.

Apart from being booked weekly at shows in different towns across the country, Ngoimue has also managed to perform in countries such as Angola and South Africa where he says the reception was very good.

“To be honest, when I perform in other countries the reception I get there is great when compared to what I get in Namibia. It is such a wonderful feeling to be warmly received in another country by people who do not know you,” Ngoimue said.

Regarding the Let's Unite campaign, Ngoimue shared how the idea was formed and what it entails.

“Last year the campaign called Let's Unite, which seeks to remind artists to collaborate, was birthed. In addition, I want to plant the seed of awareness for artists to use their platforms to raise awareness on the issues affecting disadvantaged and poor communities in Namibia,” he said.

Last year Ngoimue and his team collected stationery for the Otjiwarongo Multipurpose Help Centre, an orphanage for children who have lost their parents to HIV and Aids. The campaign helped 78 children living at the centre.

Ngoimue said that after last year's donation, they discovered that the main challenge for the orphanage was clothing, especially school uniforms and stationery.

This is what prompted this year's campaign and they managed to collect stationery worth N$14 000.

The handover was done on 5 February with Bennes Haimbondi, the mayor of Otjiwarongo, in attendance.

Ngoimue added that in order to assist the centre he will be hosting the Let's Unite Music Concert scheduled to take place at Otjiwarongo's Mokati Stadium on 30 March with an expected turnout of 1 500 fans.

Various Namibian DJs and artists will be performing. Tickets are available at Computicket.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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