Uniting the nation

Triple-X takes pride in their versatility and ability to seemingly move across music genres.

06 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Tsumeb-based multi-genre duo Triple-X hopes to win an award at the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) next year.

Besides that, the duo also aims to broaden their fan base beyond the borders of the country.

“Perhaps, if the public response is good on our new project, we will plan a nationwide tour to engage with our fans,” says Giza, spokesperson of the group.

Made up of Giza and Crokky, Triple-X grew up in Tsumeb where they also found their passion for music. They started making music in 2007 when they saw how local schools struggled to get performers for their events.

“We hung out with many different types of people, whose musical tastes varied based on their upbringing. We listened to old school artists such as the late Mandoza, Chiskop, Brown Dash, Arthur Mafokate, The Dogg, now King Tee Dee, the late Pablo and Gazza. “We became a duo because of similar interests and the convenience of living a street away from each other, so meeting up to write and practice songs was no hassle,” Giza elaborated. Their new album titled Tribalism was recently released and consists of 18 tracks. The album is a fusion of different genres including Afropop, Damara punch, gospel and kwaito. Asked why they titled their album Tribalism, the duo said Namibia went through the apartheid era, which had detrimental effects, and now there is this brewing tribal tension. “We decided to use music to try and educate people about the beauty and uniqueness each tribe has, which makes the country so diverse and special.

“The album, therefore, has songs in different local languages and some of the songs are an actual representation of how Namibians unknowingly use two to three languages in one phrase or sentence,” Giza explained.

On the album, the group worked with numerous artists and producers who through this journey became their brothers.

Artists featured on the album are Ta The son of Africa, Kajuh, Kandara, Kamalyenge, Filly-Zo, Python and Nana. The album was produced by Flame, DJ Dozza, Shone Beatz and the Late Pedrito.

According to Giza, with the album they are trying to unite the Namibian nation by sampling some of the old tunes people used to dance to years ago, while introducing new tunes people can dance to now.

The album carries the message of unity, love, and respect, with a sprinkle of relatable relationship topics that are a norm.

“Tracks such as Onyuni acknowledges the freedom fighters, whilst incorporating some romantic relationship concepts into it. In short, the album aims to unite and celebrate our nation.”



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