By Johannes Hangula
FOR the launch of his eleventh album, multi-award winning artist Lazarus Shiimi well known as Gazza, delivered a memorable performance to fans who gathered at UNAM sports field in Windhoek during the weekend.
The latest album hit Swagger really thrilled the crowd at the beginning of the performance and Gazza proved he was in the mood for serious business as evidenced through his new look and fancy moves on stage.
Pumumu CD launch also attracted various international artists such as Jamaican-American recording artist and songwriter, former Brick & Lace member Janelle Thorbourne, better known by her stage name Nyanda, who delighted the crowd with her elegant performance to songs such as Slippery when wet and Trouble before she concluded with Brick & Lace anthem, Love is Wicked, which sent the crowd wild.
Gazza and Nyanda collaborated on the video of Up, Up and Away that is featured on Pumumu. Nyanda told Confidente that she welcomed the opportunity of coming to Namibia from her base in Miami to support her friend Gazza as they have since developed a special relationship as artists who are providing positivity to their communities through music.
Another artist that regards Gazza as friend and came to land his support was Afro House star Dieklas One from Angola, who put on vibrant performances with hits from his latest album such as Pisa Pisa and Xuta. Dieklas One wowed the audience with his energetic moves on the stage. Dieklas One, who gave away free CD copies of his latest album Filho Do Povo to the cheering fans, said to Confidente that he came to Namibia to support Gazza as he looked forward to more collaborations with him in the future.
From the local scene, the revamped and cohesive Matongo Family proved to the crowd that they still got it and they are not titled as the founders of the ‘Namibian sound’ for nothing. The group comprising of trio Strauss Lunyangwe, Arthur Nanub and Themba Matongo received wild applause when they stepped on stage with their hit Manuva and further continued to delight the crowd with performances of some of their old songs such as Koessss and Zemuzue.
Oteya, Lady May, Twazis, Promise and Slammer made up the list of local artists who supported Gazza at the event and they gave it their all, sending out the message to the public that as Namibians artists they are united.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015