By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
AS far as fate goes, it was always written in the stars that Gideon Eiseb, popularly known as Chester would reach great heights in the entertainment industry.
This based on the fact that the 24-year-old seems to be unable to escape the warm embrace of the industry and has gone on to create an impressive resume, in comparison to his peers in the local industry.
Eiseb, who first rose to fame as a dancer, is now busy hard at work on his first solo album, which is scheduled for release in a couple of months.
“I am often told that I started dancing when I was three years old, I believe it because dancing is my life… I remember I loved dancing to Michael Jackson and Brenda Fassie, they inspired me,” Eiseb said, recounting how his career started.
In his early teens, Eiseb and a few other friends of his started a dance group called Brothers of Peace (B.O.P). Together, the group of boys would practice in the dusty streets of Katutura and performed wherever they could.
Their big break came when someone approached them, impressed by their talents and asked that they have a mini tour, performing at various schools, which proved to them that they were on the right track
“I remember that I looked up to Killa B and the late Pablo, they were our mentors and warned us about the industry and advised us on how to navigate through it. They gave us our first paying gig, at the time they paid us N$10 each, but we appreciated it nonetheless,” he said, chuckling.
The BOP’s eventually joined forces with a rival dance group, to create a group called Twizzers, who became popular among Windhoek’s dance community.
“During these early days, I had to sneak out of the house to go dance because my mother always wanted me to focus on school only. Eventually we were approached by Zenao Angula who works closely with many stars and she introduced us to Gazza. He was impressed by my dancing and asked that I become his official dancer, so I asked him to ask for permission from my mother,” he said.
The multi-award winning artist, who was adamant to have young Eiseb on his team, did as he was told. Eiseb danced for Gazza for two years until he went to high school and decided his attention was best focused on his studies.
“During my brief intermission from the entertainment industry, I started playing soccer and went to Germany with the national Under-15 team. I eventually also played for the Under-17 team in Botswana and got a call-up for the Under-20 national team,” he recounted.
However, it was when he arrived from Germany that he was approached by The Dogg, with the proposition of being his dancer. He began dancing for him then and has been under the Mshasho stables u n t i l now.
H a v i n g successfully recorded a hit single with the award winning musician, Eiseb hopes that he too can now be recognised as an exceptional musician in his own right.
“I have always imagined myself being an artist but I was always shy about it. When The Dogg started recording Nuka with Qondja, they called me in and asked me to be on the track. He was so impressed he encouraged me to start writing in preparation for my future album. That is how Chester the House Prince was born,” he explained.
He released his debut single, Mshasho Dance, in October 2015 and the second, Sukuma, in February 2015. When The Dogg saw his commitment, he decided to sign him to the label officially as a musician in August 2015.
“The reception for my debut single was not great, but that inspired me to work harder and think out of the box. It paid off because my second single did really well and I think I am successfully rebranding myself as an artist,” he said.
Apart from being The Dogg’s hype-man, Eiseb also opened for South Africa’s Ricky Rick last year, much to the delight of the South African singer who was impressed by the young musician’s talents.
Eiseb said he has been tirelessly working hard on his debut album, scheduled for release at the end of August this year with renewed vigour because of all the compliments he has been receiving.
“I am exploring new house sounds for my album. I want it to be a fusion of Namibian, African and European house because I am creating it for a large market, not only just Namibia,” he explained.
A lover of dance at heart, Eiseb said he is not trading in his dancing boots anytime soon just because he is now pursuing music as a singer. He recently signed an agreement with Exclusive Gym, through which he will be offering dance lessons to their members.
He also added that he is busy with some charity work to help the less fortunate now that he is in a better position but refused to divulge too much, noting that he was not doing it for fame or recognition.
“I am in it (the entertainment industry) with my whole heart. I want to make a difference to Namibian music… I will work hard at ensuring that I am not a one hit wonder,” he concluded.
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