Mandavela reaffirms reggae

22 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Signed under Welwitschia Music Production, Gerson Mandavela, known by his stage name Gerry Dread, has been making waves and has cemented himself with his fellow reggae artists in the music industry.

He recently released his third album titled Ghetto Survival and hopes to launch it in March. The album features new artists Ras Petu and Masiro, who Dread wants to mentor and help get out there. The album has 13 tracks which have a nostalgic feel to it. There are beautiful vocals accompanied with beats that will surely have you bobbing your head. Dread speaks on issues such as poverty eradication as well as the recent mineworker retrenchments in Namibia. All these issues are plaguing the youth of this country. This is more than a feel-good album. As you browse through the brilliantly produced project you realise that there is more to be expected from Dread.

Towards tracks 10 to 13 it is no longer just a typical reggae album - these tracks have a Shambo vibe that will take you straight back to the village days.

Gerry Dread has big expectations for the year as he hopes to be able to share his music internationally because his goals stretch further than just performing for Namibia. He will also be performing at the March for Cannabis in April, so look out for that. He says that Namibia will be surprised by his album launch which will take place in March at the UN Plaza in Katutura.

“I want Namibia and the world to hear our cry and for the reggae industry to keep growing from strength to strength,” he said.

Elizabeth Joseph

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