Reggae sensation Jackson Wahengo might have taken on the spirit of a lion when he takes the Namibians sounds of reggae to European stages as he tells them about the plights and struggles of the daily life. However, in person he is quite a reserved spirit. The Villager caught up with him on the move and sat down for a chat on where he talks about his experience.
How has doing music changed your life?
It has opened more doors for me and brought me in contact with many people globally.
What changes have you seen in the local music industry thus far?
We have many more musicians than ever before and somehow the industry is slowly opening up to all genres, which is a good thing
Having been in the industry for so many years who is your favourite person to work with?
Well, I have many but to mention a few, I would say Tayo Kasinda, Kali and Piu. They are the band and brains behind most of my arrangements, however the industry has many people, especially singers that I could easily work with.
What inspires you to keep working hard?
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Losing my voice on stage due to a vocal cord infection.
Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next few years?
I see myself playing for you at my shows :)
Having performed on stages all over the world, what is the number one thing you have learned?
That music is a universal language.
What advice do you have for local artists trying to break into the international market?
Focus, focus and focus
Who is your dream date?
What special talent do you have that your fans don’t know about?
The talent of reading their minds :)
When coming back home after a trip abroad what is the first thing you do?
See and talk to my brothers/family and friends
What is your favourite meal?
I don’t have a favourite meal
What projects are you currently working on?
None, however I am busy with my usual schedule of playing live shows and working on my art
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Jackson Kaujeua Jnr is one of the many people I could easily do a project with