On the verge of greatness

Top Cheri talks NAMA nominations and new ventures

16 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

It's been quite interesting to watch BlvcBoxx Entertainment take in new artists as part of their growth, with the latest one being Slime, who has managed to grab the people's attention through the songs he's dropped thus far. tjil recently took the time to have an open conversation with BlvcBoxx Entertainment's first lady - Top Cheri - who has been with the label from its early stages. The conversation was of course based on her Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) nominations, the projects she is involved in and the moment also gave us an opportunity to find out about her new ventures.

On her nominations, Top Cheri shared that the nod from Namibia's biggest music body means a lot to her. “I'm really honoured to have been nominated; it means that my work is being acknowledged,” she said.

Top Cheri released her debut album Fertile last year and the project spawned chart-topping hits like Danisa, Johnny and Hang Over, featuring her label mates Athawise and King Elegant. “Surprisingly, my album did very well. Fertile dropped the same time as two of the most celebrated artists in the country; Exit and Tate Buti but it sold incredibly well.

“It's still in the top 10 bestselling albums at the moment,” she added.





Besides creating her own music, Top Cheri is also a judge on Visible Talent Namibia - a road show scouting talent across the country. She mentioned that being part of Visible Talent Namibia has been an amazing experience, adding that at every audition they find some really talented young people with so many different talents. “Through visible Talent NamibiaI get to experience my country,” said Top Cheri.

She admitted that Visible Talent Namibia is time consuming, thus it's been a challenge to fit in other music projects on her schedule. However, Top Cheri revealed that she is in studio working on new music. “Mr Andrew won't leave me alone. Every chance we get its work, work, work. I'm also currently busy putting together a project with Neo Paints Namibia. Something very exciting for my people,” she disclosed.

Even though she could not say much on her follow-up album, she assured that the project will be exciting.

“My management actually begged me to not give away too much on this because it's meant to be a surprise, even me saying that is definitely going to put me in trouble with my management. But rest assured it is fire. I'm all about the fire and force,” she promised.

With the amount of limelight on her, tjil was curious to know what and how she stays grounded. For Top Cheri staying at home helps in this regard. She stated that she minds her business and does not let compliments get to her head. “People lose themselves when too many people tell them they are this or they are that.”

On being the queen of BlvcBoxx Entertainment and what it is like being a part of such a noble squad, Top Cheri regards it as a blessing. She said they support and push each other in every way possible. “The guys are sometimes over-protective but that's because I'm extremely over-protective of them too. It's real love,” she shared.

On a more serious note, Top Cheri announced that she is starting a campaign that is aimed at ending cancer. She expressed concern on how many women have never had their breasts checked and emphasised that cancer is real. “Every Wednesday I will be accompanying five females to a doctor's practice for them to get their pap smears, as well as to inform and educate them on breast self-examinations and so forth,” she said.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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