Keeping up with local artists

Since the Namibian Music Awards (NAMAs) in April, local artists have not been idle, especially with the newly-introduced social responsibility award category awaiting its pioneer winner.
Local artists have thus done more than their share to give back enough to the local community.
Singing sensation, Blossom, tells The Villager she is mainly involved in music-related projects and is in the process of recording her new album: “I’ll be visiting schools on an educational footing to inspire and motivate students. This is basically a social entrepreneurship project.”
Blossom will also help Miss Namibia, Paulina Malulu, with her charity work and record her album within the same period.
At the beginning of next month, The Dogg will launch an album, although still promoting his book, ‘Untold Story’.
With the Miss Polytechnic of Namibia show performance being his best this year, The Dogg says he will do something big at year-end; “I cannot reveal it now but it’s going to be big and different.”
Big Ben says he has performed in different towns including Swakopmund, Oranjemund, Walvis Bay and Ongwediva. He has also established a project called ‘Back to Live Music’ in partnership with the Warehouse Theatre and Radio Energy 100fm.
“My first show in this regard was at the Warehouse Theatre where I had Exit perform with Ongoronomundu and J-Black,” Big Ben says, adding, his new album dubbed ‘Best of Big Ben Vol. 1.’ will be released soon.
Besides running his music career, Big Ben is a farmer. He has also joined forces with the anti-violence against women campaign for which he has released a single, ‘A Thousand Tears’.
Best Female Artist of the Year 2011, Tequila is also working on her own business besides an album: “I have performed in Arandis, Swakopmund, the South, Polytechnic of Namibia and Unam beauty pageants, Ondangwa and Neudam.
Tequila adds: “As much as I focus on my album, I recently established a restaurant in Katutura called Auntie’s Kitchen where I sell traditional food.”
Ees launched and released ‘If Not, Why Not’ amongst six music videos on 17th April this year: “I had a big tour around Namibia with the O&L Group after releasing a single, ‘We are One’. In July, I went to perform at the Summer Jam, which is a reggae festival in Germany. It had 40 000 visitors.”
He is the only Namibian recently nominated for the Channel O Music Awards. He vows to bring the award home because, “kwaito no longer belongs to South Africa.” He contributes to society through a German organisation in Usakos called Namibia Kids Ev.
Female rapper Ru (CuteGeek) has shot a music video called ‘Township’, currently on YouTube and other social media networks. She says; “I founded a charity organisation called the ‘Rucares Charity Foundation’. I’ve held workshops, shows and fun days. All proceeds went to the foundation.”
Slammer has dedicated his new single, ‘Taxi Driver’, to cab drivers in acknowledgement of their hustle. Although he readies to release ‘Disco Lights’, ‘Taxi Driver’ will pave way for his future songs, he says.
He has, this year, been on a two-week tour with South African artists like Sidney and Patricia, amongst others.
Fishman’s latest performances were at the just-ended Ongwediva Trade Fair. He will also perform at the //Ae Gams! Festival and then at the Copper Festival in November.