NaJah gears up for release of debut album

Singer NaJah, real name Johanna Nangula Tommasi, is preparing for the release of her debut album, scheduled for release on Friday, 25 February, in Windhoek.

21 January 2022 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

In an interview with tjil, live music performer NaJah shared that she doesn’t like limiting herself to one genre, but specialises in Afro-fusion, hinting that her forthcoming album will consist of various genres.

Her debut album, titled ‘Too Blessed to Stress’, has been in the making since 2013, she said. “It’s a compilation album that boasts 13 songs which I wrote and composed myself.

“I have released five songs as preview singles and these songs are available for request on Namibian radio stations. The songs explore various themes surrounding the topics of love and life that everyone can relate to.”

The singer added that the project is not a studio production, but rather a live album recorded with a seven-piece band. She mentioned elite Namibian instrumentalists Imms Nicolau, Piu Fernando and Christian Polloni as some of the musicians she worked with on the album, which was produced and sound engineered by Danny Azangi.

“In terms of features, I worked with Shishani and Zenzo, who is featured on about five songs, backing me up.”

Healing energy

On her love for live music, NaJah believes there are two kinds of artists in Namibia - entertainers/performers and musicians. She said while she agrees music consumers have the liberty to choose what they prefer, she feels Namibian artists needs to expose fans more to live music.

“It is almost like Namibians are attracted to superficial entertainment and like jumping on trends.

“I choose live music because I want to feed my consumers with positive and healing energy,” the songstress said.

Opening doors

NaJah said her goals for this album include growing her fanbase and also using the project to grow and learn about herself, her sound and the performing arts. Summing up the conversation with tjil, she said she’s worked hard to be at a point where she does music full-time. “So, I have to give it my best.

“I am hoping this album will open up doors for me to perform at jazz festivals around Africa and the world as my ultimate goal is to share Namibian music with the world.

‘Too Blessed to Stress’ will be available on Namibian streaming platforms after the launch and physical copies will be available on order via 0811 484 380.

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