Meet Kapa Kamandela… the Quality hit-maker

Multi-genre singer, Johannes Namuhuja, popularly known as Kapa Kamandela, is not new to the music industry.

19 July 2019 | Art and Entertainment

He made his musical debut when he used to be a part of a band called Young Kasi, based in the northern part of the country, but he parted ways with the group last year to go solo.

Ever since he started singing alone, Kapa Kamandela has been making waves, especially with his single, Quality where he features Dama Monique.

Quality is a love song that speaks of finding a woman with substance and was produced by Glo of Glo Productions. The song went viral just few days after its release on social media platforms, and has been playing all over, including radios stations, taxis and jukeboxes, countrywide.

Currently, the song is also one of the most played and downloaded songs on the Namibian Music website. The 29-year-old singer is also a graduate in machine operations from Nirvana Training Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2004, he joined the group Young Kasi and they performed at various music events, mostly in the northern part of the country. Kapa Kamandela says he parted ways with the band because all five members from the group followed different paths.

“Filly-zo went solo first because of distance; he got a job in Grootfontein. Da Silva started to manage events and artists, Sedjo Mind went to Angola and Dre went for studies,” said Kapa Kamandela, adding that there was not enough time for them to meet up and start recording together.

The group decided to do different things and launch Young Kasi as a record label. “I am an Afro-pop musician, but these days it is about doing music that can bring you money.

“So, I mix different styles, but I love melodies more than rhymes,” he said.

Kapa Kamandela is busy promoting his 14-track solo debut album titled Kukuta. He explained that the name of his album is derived from his upbringing, saying life was hard for him and he encountered many challenges along the way.

The album was released in May this year, and continues to gain momentum.

On it, he worked with different artists and producers such as Glo, King Mex, Dj Chronics, Flame and VDKEI.

He also recently released his music video for the song Uuyuni, which airs on Namibia Broadcasting Corporation's Whatagwan, and on One Africa. The video is also available on YouTube, and has thus far garnered over 24 000 views.

Commenting on the music industry, he said the competition is great and he feels like only a few artists are making it out because of funds. “In three years, we will compete with the world as the Namibian industry keeps on getting better,” he said.

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