the beauty of listening to music recorded in a language you don’t understand is that anything is possible and the lyrics can mean anything you want.
Otjinate’s fifth album Haters Make Me Famous does just that.
“I decided to go with haters make me famous because everywhere I went people were just talking about me.
“Me cheating and all that gossip so I said the more they talk about me the more they make me famous,” Otjinate said.
Track one titled Otjina tja peke (loosely translated into on a higher level or something else) has a dance beat merged with a Kizomba tune.
It is the kind of jams you would want to listen when you are at a Shebeen somewhere in Katutura.
All the songs have the old Oviritje vibe that is always on repeat during the December holidays.
Meyaruka would be the perfect song for long journeys with its Soul Brothers’ vibe on old instruments that make it sound like everything was recorded under a tree somewhere.
Eruru is a typical Oviritje track, or at least that’s the vibe you get from the beat with the keyboard and only a few additional instruments.
The musician also decided to make a few dedications in his music where track six, Kahorere trailers is dedicated to the business that promoted Oviritje music in Herero Mall.
He also went on to say that some songs were inspired by his life and struggles.
Muatokujenda is the last track on the album.
“This is for the people that went to Canada to look for jobs. They had to go and they have to work hard,” Otjinate said.
He says his next work will feature Kuku Kandanga and Papa Zola to create a diverse piece for the youth.