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Lize Ehlers drops HEAL

Fri, 20 January 2017 15:46
by Ester Simon
Metro

Renowned singer, actress and poet Lize Ehlers dropped her fourth album titled Heal, which is amusingly encumbered with classical, soulful, soothing and melodic tracks.  The album is a traditional 10-track disk with Lize’s staple “message music”. It offers a range of diverse powerful lyrics brought out through exquisite vocals. In an interview with The Villager Metro, the hip hop and Jazz musician said: “Heal was created to look 2016 in the face and deal with all its sadness, madness, lessons and pain. Heal is unapologetically Namibian and features my first two house songs, which I have wanted to do for a while.”
She added that, “I am very happy at the positive response the album received. People are calling it moving message music.”
The colorful designs on the cover of the album is what first captures one’s attention and triggers the mind on what to expect. The spark can be directly linked to Elton John’s 32nd album titled Wonderful Crazy Night.
Lize opens the album with a bang. Track one, Stop Apologising, is a jazz world fusion pop track filled with gentle fire of living and unapologetic truth, compiled with beautiful beats and lyrics.
While the second track is a jivable track, a classical example of the Mi Casa type of tracks, it’s a slow house; a perfect referral for a chilled Sunday afternoon.  Soul Style is celebrating light and going an extra mile.
This Too Shall Pass is by far the best on the album. “It’s like a friend telling you that no matter what you are going through the pain or suffering will not last forever.”
This track is made of powerful, inspiring lyrics such as: “Tough situations don’t last but tough people do.” This song can turn a bad, emotional day into a good, joyful day as it speaks of how situations are not permanent but temporary. Initially it’s a comforting song, which can help anyone to redirect their lives and serve as medicine for the soul.
The album derive its name from  track 4, which has a strong narrative and is comforting. The drums are hard as if to try and hit home the craving to heal wounds.
I Know is the 5th track, and it’s a hip-hop spoken word track with angry lyrics where Lize’s takes on herself and say “Stop for a second/ stop for a while/ breathe a little in/ breathe a little out.” It’s another inspiring song calling on us to hold on when the going gets tough.
While the album is packed with motivational and inspiring tracks, the sultry singer, however, touches on love on the 6th track. Love Is The Key is the title of the track and it’s a danceable track that will get any music lover grooving.  It explores on the beauty of love and how it can set people free.
The beginning of track 7 gives off some African rhythms, the combination of the lyrics in Khoe Khoegowab and beats with an African flare. Ti Ma is a semi instrumental hit and is a tribute to her roots in the South and her late parents.
Bradley Anthony, the Song Night 2016 Ambassador, came in to feature on track 9 titled Together. The track is a duet ballad with lyrics speaking of friendship and being there for each other.
By fair judgment the collaboration is a great choice for their lovely vocals and brings out magic. Together is the Cherry on top of the exquisite album
DJ Chronic mixed and mastered all tracks. He also produced all tracks except Love Is The Key, which was produced by Karl Ehlers and co-produced by DJ Chronic.
The Mariental-born and raised artists made her entrance into the music industry by performing at corporate events.
At the Namibian Annual Music Industry (NAMAs) in 2011 her debut album Fairy Circle Love raked up four nominations. It was followed by African Cleavage, which was releasd on the 29th of November 2011.
In 2013 Lize released her debut Afrikaans single titled Woestynroos (Dessert Rose) were she collaborated with a South African musician Andries Hendrick Potgieter.
In 2014 she won the Performer Choice Award at the annual Actors Models and Talent for Christ (AMTC) convention in the USA.
Besides music she is also an ambassador of Uyelele, a Solar Bottle Project that was funded by her husband, Hendrick Ehlers.