The multiple international award nominee and winner The Dogg, who has been nominated in the Listener’s Choice category for this year’s MTV Base Africa Music Awards, said that Namibian producers are doing exceptional work and local music is recognised internationally through their hard work.
Being the only Namibian nominated, The Dogg said that nothing would have been possible if it was not for local producers having sleepless nights and working long hours to create a perfect song.
“I am very happy to be nominated for the MAMA and if I don’t win at least I have participated and represented my country but if I have to win it also means a lot for the music industry,” he said, adding that, “I have recorded most of my songs in Namibia, which means being able to make it this far is because of the quality we have here.”
He also explained that when he speaks about his music he does not only talk about himself but includes everyone who has worked on his music.
“When I speak about my music I do not use the term ‘my work’ but rather ‘our work’ as there are many people involved or that have worked on my music,” he noted.
He also believes that there is a lot of talent in Namibia and enough opportunities to produce good quality music in the country while noting that such should not go unnoticed.
“I will not record in a studio that will not bring the best out of my work. We have the talent, too bad we have a small population, but I believe any other Namibian can make it on the international level through hard work and being creative to meet the industry’s needs,” he emphasised.
He further explained that, “We really have talented artists in Namibia but they struggle to get to the top. People like the KK, Young T and so many others are able to take over in the future.”
Perhaps what keeps The Dogg going is his commitment to music and the passion that he has for his art and through that he plays an important role in growing the Namibian music industry.
Besides, from being the only Namibian artist nominated for the MAMA awards, the Kwaito King has also been nominated for the African Music Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) awards in the Best Male Southern Africa awards taking place in Dallas, Texas.
“We need to work together as a team for me to be able to win because if Namibians don’t vote than I won’t win as well. You can vote up to five days per day. Let us put Namibia on the map,” he said.
This is the first MTV nomination for any Namibian musician.
The ‘Bye bye’ singer will be battling it out with 20 other nominees from all over Africa.
Fans and lovers of The Dogg can vote for him via social media as well as by using a google account. Fans wishing to vote through Facebook must post a status update from your Facebook account that includes the hashtag MAMAVote and hashtag listenersChoiceTheDogg.
“Another way to vote is by dropping a comment on a post from the MTV Base Africa official Facebook page using the nominee’s name, the name of the category as well as the hashtag MAMAVote,” The Dogg said.
The Dogg is one of the few Namibian artists who would not shy away from admitting who is responsible for the magic touch on any of his songs, unlike many others artists who are still struggling to give credit to local producers.
This has seen many Namibian producers battling at NASCAM for loyalty points because the artist denies them credit.