By Andreas Kathindi, the Villager. Photo: Flickr
November will be the month of tickling nostalgia, with a Ten Years Later show set for 28 November, as musicians pay homage and tribute to entertainers.
According to organiser Zenao, a local music promoter and artist manager, it is necessary to celebrate artists who have paved the way for the current crop in order to create camaraderie in the music industry.
“A lot of artists now are just financially driven. It’s all about the individual’s own work. We are not together as we used to be. Before, when a local artist wins an award in South Africa, for example, everyone would celebrate because they were representing the entire local music scene, but now when that happens, only the winner celebrates”, said Zenao.
She further stated that the current crop of musicians need to pay homage to those who came before them, even though many of them are no longer active.
Those with a sharp memory will remember the days when the likes of Phura and Laghetto would break their backs to entertain us on Penduka and Afro Connection, and although seemingly forgotten, Zenao argued that new artists would not have a platform to stand on without these pioneers.
“An artist would go and record a kwiku song without knowing there is a Namibian artist who started that genre. Plenty new artists don’t even know who Petu or Ngatu are.
“We want to celebrate those who have helped establish the Namibian music industry. They are the Michael Jacksons and Janet Jacksons of Namibian music. We also want to remember those who have passed on”, said Zenao, adding that when a local music legend dies, they are only remembered for a day.
Petu, Mighty Dreads, Wild Dogs, Phura, Stella, Ngatu, Hoveka, Kanibal, Bullet, 4x4 Too Much Power, Leghetto, Big Ben, Castro, Mr. Kareke and others will be at the event, although there will be no performances. This according to Zenao is to create a social atmosphere as the artists did want to feel like they came to work.
Nguti Fruit, who burst on the scene more than ten years ago told The Villager that his generation of musicians does not get appreciation from new artists. “There is no unity, everyone is on their own. In South Africa, artists are more united than we are. In my time, the industry was full of love, now everyone has their own label and doing their own thing. We need to come together and new artists can learn humility from artists from my time”, he said.
Sunny Boy, on the other hand, believed that there is plenty of recognition and love from new artists for the legends of the past. “They appreciate us. You always find young artists wanting to do a feature with you, and for an industry as young as ours still is, unity is very important”, said the ‘Summertime’ hit maker.
He added, “In my time, we respected artists that came before us, like Shikololo and Jackson Kaujeua. I am working on a City Young Girl remix with Ras Sheehama for his new album, and considering I was a young kid when the original came out, it is a dream for me to do the song with him”.