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Lieutenant exchanges button stick for the mic

Mon, 27 June 2016 18:27
by Johanna Mafwila


 Lieutenant Shitana who made a wonderful transition from being a security guard living on a measly salary has taken the Namibian music scene by storm and seems to be destined for stardom after being a relative unknown so far despite already having four albums under his belt.
Perhaps his transition from being a security guard to a musician is one that certainly deserves to be credited because he does not seen to be looking back but rather focussed on achieving what many have dreamt for in terms of fame and fortune.
His music is reminiscent of those that have experienced the challenges faced by many from the not so privileged backgrounds, and he enjoys singing about the hard times Namibians from poor backgrounds, or what many would like to call the   ’bunduoes’ experience in every day life.
Going into his thirties, Shitana did not see any drawbacks in adopting his nickname ‘Lieutenant’, which he adopted during his long difficult nights guarding different premises, into the music world where he is now gunning for his 5th studio album in August. Shitana already has four albums out, and most of his work gives off an aura of Afro-pop and Shambo fusion, but he stands out from other similar genre singers.
His music takes an interest in real life issues that are topical and relevant right now, with him talking about corruption and the issues of land.
With only three videos in circulation Shitana is fast becoming a household name. His song “Land Issues” has a video which features a group of young people demonstrating against the lack of land to give to young people, leaving them destitute or living in informal settlements.
He attacks the struggles faced by young Namibian youth from an angle like no other, singing songs reflecting the pain of the youth, and giving audiences a chance to see the real Namibia not the Namibia that sells in commercials.In his song “Oukadona Vopaife”, loosely translated, ‘girls of today’, he tells the story of a young man looking for a viable mate in a time when women are believed to be after  men who are able to offer them some sort of material gain.
A fresh pump into the local industry, Lt Shitana, could be the key into tapping into the Namibian sound, as he has found a way to tell Namibian stories using a different sound, bring fun and humour into his videos, even when singing about serious matters.