National anthem composer to be honoured at NAMAs

26 Apr 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 26 APR (NAMPA) – The first post-independence Black Namibian conductor of the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra, Axali Doeseb, is set to be awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s annual music awards.
The renowned musical expert played a leading role in the composition of the national anthem titled 'Namibia, land of the brave' after independence in 1990.
“Doeseb’s flourishing career and deep roots in contemporary, modern, traditional and fusion music is unmatched, and his artistic mark and influence is evident in almost all music genres in our country,” Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) Executive Committee chairperson Tim Ekandjo said in a media statement issued on Wednesday.
The NAMAs are set for Swakopmund on 02 and 03 May.
He said it is only fitting that this year’s recipient should be none other than Doeseb for the Lifetime Achievement Award because his mark in contemporary Namibian music industry is all over, and to this day, he still continues to play a great role in nurturing and advising as well as composing music for various scores of Namibian society.
Doeseb was born in Okahandja, and came into contact with music when he took up piano lessons for the first time at his Alma Mater, the Martin Luther High School in Okombahe in the Erongo Region during his teenage years.
He went on to compose the liturgy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia.
Doeseb is furthermore a graduate of the Hochshule for Music at Herfort in Westfallen, Germany.
He also represented Namibia and had chaired the committee that was tasked with the composing of the African Union (AU) anthem in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and served on the panel which was entrusted to compose the Southern African development Community (SADC) anthem.
As a sought-after composer of note, Doeseb has helped composed various school anthems around the country.
His vast musical knowledge and experience led to him becoming the first black Namibian music producer manning the then Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s Music Makers Competition – the predecessor to the Namibian Annual Music Awards.
Doeseb had also produced tracks for some Namibian artists like Ras Sheehama, the late Jackson Kaujeua, Eric Mundjua, Sharon van Rooi and Pieter Josef !Auxab.