Msunday – Motivating through music

Although he has not won any accolade at the Namibian Annual Music Awards yet, Msunday has received four nominations in his career.

07 February 2020 | Art and Entertainment

“Apart from talent, discipline and hard work are some of the things you need to succeed in the industry.”

Soukous kwasa and Afropop musician from the coast Msunday (31) recently released his fourth solo album, Growth and Shine.

Born Indenikuye Ndjukuma Shuudeni, the singer, who also experiments with other genres, said his music is motivational to all who listen to it.

“Most, if not all, of my songs are motivational. I am a motivational singer. My supporters keep telling me that,” said Msunday.

Though he hasn't won a Namibian Annual Music Award (NAMA) yet, the singer received four nominations – for best Afropop in 2014, best soukous kwasa and best Damara punch in 2016 and best soukous kwasa last year.

On what it takes to make it as a musician, he said: “Talent, discipline and hard work are some of the things you need to succeed in the industry. You also need to learn and understand the business side of this industry”.

Thus far, he has released four solo albums and one collaboration album: Stop Crime (2013), Oprogressa (2017), Time to Shine (2018) and Growth and Shine (2019) as well as Real with JS (2015).

He has grown a lot in his career, having been in the industry for 12 years, he said.

“I learnt how to do things from those who made it before me. I also learnt from others' mistakes. My singing talent has been always there but it took me few years to understand the business side of our industry,” Msunday said.

The Wonderful hit-maker said music chose him as he sang in choirs from a tender age.

“When I was young, I was involved in different choirs and singing in the church choir every Sunday. People used to call me Sunday Man, so I simplified it to Msunday,” he said. He is inspired by musicians like Gazza and Tate Buti.

“They never drop ringtone albums. Every new album from them is always better than the previous one. I like their consistency in the industry,” he said.

His message to fellow musicians is to respect their supporters and to avoid using drugs.

Also known for his hit Atushikwata, which urges people to find ways to make legal money despite the economic crisis, Msunday's roots lie in Onakapya, Onaanda in the north.

The musician hopes to collaborate with Newturn on an Afropop song and with Congolese Fally Ipupa on a soukous kwasa track.

His latest album, Growth and Shine, was released last November. Most of the project was produced by the award-winning DJ Chronic, apart from two songs by DJ KBoz and Patrick Thaniseb.

“I chose DJ Chronic because he just came out with a new sound that I like. On this album, I feature only two artists, DOX and Kid Tinno from the Kavango West Region,” Msunday said.

The most sentimental song on the 10-track album is Omayimbi.

“The word 'Omayimbi' is used in Oshiwamo to describe birds who come during the rainy season and migrate during the dry season. So my message in this song is to tell everyone not to follow people who are like these birds as they don't stay for long.”

Growth and Shine is available online and distribution plans are underway.

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