Music that stood the test of time

After three decades of freedom and independence, we take a look back at music history. Do your homework, born-frees!

13 March 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Compiling this list was ­challenging because we didn't want to overlook ­anyone's ­success, but after various ­consultations with industry experts, here are tjil's 30 most ­impactful ­musicians of the last 30 years.

Jackson Kaujeua

The liberation musician's contribution to the Namibian music industry cannot be denied. Kaujeua paved the way for so many artists, despite the scene having significantly fewer platforms during his era. For his contribution, the late Kaujeua was honoured with the first-ever Namibian Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sanlam NBC Music Awards in 2002. His music lives on and continues to inspire the nation.

Tate Buti

With 17 albums to his name, Tate Buti has been in top form since his first body of work.

Every album he has put out has spawned multiple hits. He carved out a genre for himself called kwiku and has inspired so many artists to borrow from his sound.

In his own words on Happy Day, he is still very nice and focused. Last year, he embarked on a journey of scouting talent around the country with his brainchild, Visible Talent Namibia. “Visible Talent Namibia is a talent search show set to turn any act into a lucrative career for any dreamer,” Tate Buti told tjil last year



Gazza has been holding it down for what is considered the new school of music in Namibia since the early 2000s.

His music has been serving as the voice of the people on a commercial level. He is Namibia's musical ambassador to the world and his music, coupled with his impressive work ethic and business acumen, has helped him bring continental awards home. Last year, he became the first Namibian artist to reach a million views on YouTube with his hit song Chelete. Salute to the GOAT in Namibia

King Tee Dee

Formerly known as The Dogg, King Tee Dee is one of the most celebrated Namibian artists. He burst onto the scene with his first offering Shimaliw' Ostatana in 2004 and hasn't looked back since.

His music is celebrated beyond Namibian borders and his fan base, or cult following rather, continue to hold him down. King Tee Dee is one of the artists who continues staying relevant without having to release new music yearly. Not many artists have that privilege. Besides music, King Tee Dee is also a successful businessman.

He has created the blueprint for so many artists, not just musically but in business too. Before rebranding to King Tee Dee, he released 10 solo albums as well as collaborative albums with Gazza, Elvo and Pablo, and Qonja.

Gal Level

Made up of Oteya and Frieda, Gal Level is a former duo who made a fusion of rhythm and blues, Afro-pop and dancehall.

At their peak, the duo was so successful that their hit music catapulted them into the African market, earning them multiple Channel O awards. Gal Level was also nominated in the best female group southern Africa category at the Kora Awards. They've since embarked on solo journeys but still continue to contribute to and shape the Namibian sound immensely.

Here are 25 other ­impactful ­artists whose music we have ­enjoyed over the last 30 years:

Big Ben

Killa B

People's Choice

Welwitchia Crew (Phura, Stanley, Stella and Allen Jonathan)


Patricia Ochurus

Capitol K

Lady May

Stanley Mubiana


Sunny Boy

Ndilimani Cultural Troupe

Exit & Mushe

Sally Boss Madam

Berthold Mbinda

Eric Mahe




Ongoro no mundu

Erna Chimu

Matongo Family

Tate Kwela

Ras Sheehama


Special mentions

Impactus 4

Axali Doeseb



Boli Mootseng

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