EIGHT months ago, Priscilla the Namibian Dessert Queen was involved in a life altering accident that could have destroyed someone of a weaker constitution.
Finding she was alone and paralysed, the award-winning songstress had every reason to give up on life.
She however committed to rebuilding her life and getting her career on track, the results of that hard work is her debut album, Juicy, which was officially launched on Monday in Windhoek.
One of Lize Ehlers protégés and a product of Song Night, Priscilla made sure her album launch was a night to remember, with her earth shattering vocals and an enchanting performance.
What truly elevated the launch was the fact that she had a live band on stage with, which is rare among local musicians.
She is popularly for her ‘Love Yourself ’ campaign, through which she encourages women who are on the curvy and voluptuous side of life to lover their bodies, so it came no surprise that the phrase “Twice in size, extra nice and juicy” was constantly used to describe her by the parade of rhapsodist she had enlisted to share the stage with her.
Designers Ingo Shanyenge and Melissa Poulton also landed their expertise to the glamorous launch, seeing to it that the performers were dressed to the nines.
Opening the show was multi-award winning songstress and her mentor, Ehlers, who alongside upcoming musician and backing vocalist, Bradley, sang an ode to the Namibian Dessert Queen from her album Change, titled Everything Happens for a Reason.
Poet/comedian/TV personality, Patrick Sam, was the MC for the evening that ensured that the audience was always in stiches, when they were not dancing to Priscilla’s infectious tunes.
Versatility is the operative word when describing Juicy, this was evident as Priscilla effortlessly transitioned from sultry RnB tunes, to seductive Kizomba, and melodies reminiscent of Willie Mbuende and Oliver Mtukudzi, whilst flawlessly singing in Shona with the aid of her Zimbabwean producer Joseph Kaseke.
While Bradley is a remarkable backing vocalist, he also proved he could hold his own as he took the stage by his lonesome and was the embodiment of a young Maxwell. Other artists who entertained were local acapella group, the Broken Metronomes, Elvit Uritura the gospel guru and Suba, an afro-house group from Angola.
“The idea was to include singers who have supported me on my journey. I loved the different but similar stories we told and I loved that we made this work together,” an elated Priscilla said of her choice to share the stage with so many other artists.
The songstress who previously won The Namibian Talent Show said she was overwhelmed by the success of her launch, noting that it had exceeded all her expectations.
“I was born on the Warehouse stage in 2015 and I am over the moon that a year later The Queen has emerged… The launch exceeded expectations especially on the emotional side. The story of my journey came across and I am grateful. Plus everyone was dancing, so it was a huge success, especially on a Monday night at the Warehouse,” she said gleefully.
The Song Night ambassador who is driven to inspire Namibia with music said they were hard at work planning a tour with Song Night were she will be able to share her musical genius with the rest of the country. She also added that she is planning features and campaigns to latch onto her ‘Love Yourself ’ campaign, to name a few.
The ten-track album can be purchased directly from Priscilla and can also be found Antonio’s Art or alternatively online through DDD.
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