Two giants, one stage – Gazza on performing with Burna Boy

One of the biggest concerts in the country – Burna Boy’s African Giant tour in Windhoek – is just around the corner, and we got an exclusive from one of the biggest performers on the line-up.

06 March 2020 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







When the line-up for the Namibian leg of Nigerian superstar Burna Boy’s African Giant Tour was announced, the inclusion of music industry king Gazza had fans beaming in anticipation.

It’s safe to say both Gazza and Burna Boy are giants in their own leagues. However, both artists swim the same tide when it comes to pushing the African music narrative, and for the two to hit the same stage in one night is a big boost for the Namibian entertainment industry.

Gazza, deemed one of Namibia’s biggest music exports, for long has been leading the pack when it comes to flying the Namibian flag high. This is visible in the deals and collaborations he has done with international acts including Nyanda, Davido, DJ Buckz and DJ Maphorisa, to mention but a few.

Despite these milestones, in an exclusive interview with tjil, Gazza said he is still in the process of finding himself as a leader and getting a clear understanding of what is required of him.

“I believe my contribution to the industry thus far is towards paving a way and creating a chance not only for those who look up to me directly but for the next Michael Jackson to come out of Namibia. Like Femi, Fela, Burna, so shall it be from Jackson Kaujeua, Gazza, the next.”

The award-winning artist did not shy away from admitting that he is inspired by other African artists too.

“Every day we live to learn, I have no enemies, and every person I get in contact with is a teacher and every experience a lesson. The Nigerian artists are taking the world by storm, we have a lot to learn from them in terms of management, image, stage presence, investment and wealth creation,” he said.

On Burna Boy specifically, Gazza said he listens to his music not necessarily because of the hype, but to learn. “Burna has no boundaries when it comes to creativity and vibe. He can, for instance, cough on a record and make it vibe,” the Namibian superstar said.

With only a few weeks before the two giants share a stage, Gazza said depending on the vibe and energy, he is looking forward to engaging the Nigerian Afro-pop artist. “He’s a vibe guy, I believe. I’m a real n*gga, I think, so I will let the spirits lead,” Gazza said.

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