Hip-hop has always been a tough game in Namibia in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proven that women, though few in numbers, are fearless, strong especially when uniﬁed and are not only capable of standing as tall as the next man but also of outshining them.
Few female rhymers, from La-toya Lucille Mwoombola aka Lioness to Bella Harris, including Esmeralda GB have destroyed the well-known glass ceiling to become legends in their own right. Lioness who ofﬁcially joined the music scene after being in the music industry for quite some time is slowly but surely making headlines while scooping the number one spot with her new single ‘Paranoid’ which was released a month ago.
“I started doing music a long time ago but ofﬁcially started in 2008, back then I was just doing music for the fun of it, I was inspired by my sister who used to make killer beats by then, “she said.
When asked on how she manages to ﬁt in a male dominated industry she told The Villager that she is not intimidated by the opposite gender saying that, “I never get intimidated by male maybe they are intimidated by me rather.” Although Hip hop genre has been one of the genre’s that has been ignored and brushed off by many she believes that making it in an industry as such, is all about being unique and developing a different sound without shying away from the original Namibian sound.
“What is lacking in the music industry is originality, people are afraid to create their own type of sound and its killing the industry as everyone wants to do what someone else is doing and not create something different that could mark Namibia on the map,” she stressed.
While raising concern on the increase of copied music in Namibia she mentioned that in order to make it in the industry passion and hard work is the driving force. The 23 year old rapper has also released another song titled ‘Back to Basics’ ft Skrypt, KP Illest and will be releasing her solo album in August.
After taking a break from the music industry, Bella has released her ﬁrst video last year from her album ‘King Bella’ titled ‘Buck Wild’ and conﬁrmed that she will be dropping another video for the song ‘Woke Up Blue from the joint EP’ with Kwame Sankarra in September this year.
“I am not working on anything now, I will just be exposing the music that I already have from the album I dropped last year and a lot of people think I am new in the industry but I have been around, I come a long way but it’s the ﬁ rst time I have decided I am working on music,” she giggled. Adding that, the she ofﬁ cially started doing music in 2011 while explaining about where she was born and raised.
“I was born and raised in Katima Mulilo I moved to Windhoek at a very late stage, so before I ofﬁ cially decided to join the industry I have always been backstage,” she said.