Yung Kavin drops Dark Desert

21 February 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund-based musician Paulus Kavindja (23), better known as Yung Kavin, recently released his latest single titled Dark Desert.

Speaking to tjil in an exclusive interview, Yung Kavin explained the concept of Dark Desert, a song on which he collaborated with DJ Focus, available on Donlu Africa.

“I have been working so hard to be successful but it's been way too hard to make it on my own, so I need a hand to help me evaluate my art. That is how lost I am in my own dreams,” said Yung Kavin.

The Usakos-born Afro-pop singer further narrated how he ended up recording the song with DJ Focus.

“To be honest, the Dark Desert song wasn't planned. I remember DJ Focus sending me a text saying that we should meet so that we can collaborate.

“I told him to come to the studio and he came with a deep house beat. When he played the beat, I felt it. I always wanted to do a song talking about how lost I am in my musical journey. This was the chance and words started running through my head and I picked up my headsets and told Smartboy and DJ Focus to help me record it,” he said.

According to the Otweya hitmaker, who also does hip-hop, R&B and house, great collaborations are never planned. He said you can be in the studio listening to random beats and turn them into hits with your vocals. “Sometimes you call on your friend and ask them to come through because you're bored so that you do a song,” he said.

Yung Kavin has performed at the Kasi Vibe Festival in 2019 where he shared a stage with King Elegant, Sunny Boy and Top Cheri. During the same year, he opened for South African powerhouse DJ Tira at the Desert Festival at Walvis Bay.

On how he came up with his stage name, he shared that his dad's name was Kavindja and he was his hero and world. “He was the best father any kid would have loved to have but sadly he passed on.

“I took the Kavin from his name Kavindja and made it shorter and made it my nickname, so I named myself after my father,” said Yung Kavin.

He hopes to collaborate with any hardworking Namibian artist, while internationally Burna Boy, Harmonize and KiDi are who he would like to work with.

Artists who inspire him include D-Jay, Kanibal and Berthold Mbinda.

According to him, there have been several challenges and achievements on his musical journey.

“Music is not really something simple, you should have a heart which is as strong as steel. In my run, I have had ups and downs.”

He said he has fallen many times but because he believes he was born for this, he never gives up. He recalled going to shows where organisers would abscond without paying him for his performance. “I got to learn how the music business works.

“My top achievement was being given a platform to perform live on NBC National Radio on Freestyle Friday thanks to presenter Franklin Shitaleni,” he said.

Yung Kavin is about to release his second studio album Ghetto Hero, and has promised fans that they can expect music they've never heard before.

He titled the album Ghetto Hero because it contains music which speaks for the youth living in the ghetto and motivates them to never give up on their dreams, no matter what happens.


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