Notorious for her funky outfits and distinctive vocals, Lady May has launched her fifth album called ‘Crazy Desires’, making it the only music-related project she has done since she left the Big Brother house last year.
Her reason for calling her album ‘Crazy Desires’ is because it is OK to have a huge list of desires, provided they are realistic; “Once that list becomes too long, then hell yes, those are your crazy desire!”
Launched in Oshikango late last month, the album carries different sounds compared to her usual style of music, which is often traditional with a fusion of western pop. The new album is more up-tempo, spiced up with a bit of traditional sounds. Suffice to say Lady May is trying to engross the broad fan-base she attained while in the Big Brother house?
“Could somebody please define ‘traditional feel’ and ‘western feel’ to me? Or do you compare both ‘feels’ when somebody steps into a recording studio and places their vocals on a piano, guitar, a few modern drums, etc, because that alone is modern?” Asks Lady May.
The first track, ‘Give Me The Beat’ is a fun song with the message; ‘dance your troubles away’. It’s my favourite song on the album.
“‘Give Me The Beat’ is about music being a best friend to many. In it I sing about how it can be so simple to listen to your favourite song, sing along to it and before you know it, you would have forgotten your worries,” she explains.
It is followed by ‘Crazy Desires’, which is the cover track. This song is particularly confusing as it is not entirely clear what genre it is. It would still get you dancing away, though.
Tracks three ‘Friday Night’ and six ‘We Do It This Way’ have typical Namibian pop sense to them; at least in them local fans can still hear a bit of the Lady May they remember.
With four tracks mainly about love, one wonders if the Lady has finally found love, which she enthuses: “I am actually in love! Yes, am in love with life in general. I am so happy at this moment in my life. Without mixing issues here, let’s just say the album talks about life in general.”
‘Velvet Touch’, Track 5, has Lady May appearing strong and in control yet vulnerable at the same time. It comes across as soft rock with an edge while the previous track, ‘Handle Me Right’ is more sensual and will captivate lovers.
With what sounds like a Kuduro with a pop beat, track seven, ‘Tate Soboloni’, is one of those songs you can dance to anyhow. Be it hip hop or a traditional dance, this track will accommodate one’s preferred dancing style.
Track nine, ‘Money Hustle’, is basically reggae; it urges people to work hard in life if they are to generate a decent income.
Lady May worked with a number of established local producers including Staxx, Giggs, Elvo, Arafat, Dj KBoz and South Africa’s Mposer Boss.
On vocals, the Lady closely worked with her brother, Berthold Mbinda whom she says is ‘the coolest guy in the whole of Windhoek; yeah, I said it!’