By Johannes Hangula
SPIRITED gospel hotshot Alex Shiwayu (27) recently shared views with Confidente on his latest music offering that is set to rearrange the status quo of gospel music in Namibia.
Raised in the northern town of Ondangwa, Shiwayu grew going to church and being involved in church activities like any other children of his hometown. In 2012 after he matriculated from Nangolo Secondary School, Shiwayu made it to Windhoek.
The city life did not hinder his adoration for God, but he continued with his church involvement, joining Hosiana Parish youth choir and Ebenezer choir in Windhoek. That led to Shiwayu recording his first 10-track album titled ‘Nande Omaudhigu oga ndumbale’ which has sold more than 100 copies countrywide.
On his music
Looking at my album title, my music is all about giving hope to people; societies that have lost faith in Divinity and individuals that don’t believe that the life of serving our God is best ever that one can live.
I started singing gospel because I want to bring people closer to God and spread the gospel, which is the word of God. This was because of the love of God that I have and on the other hand I wanted to inspire people and change their way of living to start serving our Lord. I believe that I have lot to say to people about the word of God and through gospel music I am achieving this.
Latest Single ‘Efeni Ayishe’, what is it about?
In this song I am expressing my concern regarding the youth of this country; especially those in Windhoek. Young people are doing things that are not right and not pleasing the Most High, so in the song I am calling on the young people to refrain from their wrongdoing.
Talks through your album ‘Inekela omuwa’
Inekela omuwa is in Oshiwambo and it translates to that one must trust in the Lord in whatever situation they find themselves. I released this 10-track album in March last year. This album is packed with encouraging songs and one wedding song titled Hameleleni Omuwa, which means Praise the Lord, while the other songs are reminders of the return of Jesus Christ.
Who inspires you musically?
Musically, veteran gospel artist Abnel Mumbala tops my list. I grew listening to his gospel. Gospel rapper D-Naff inspires me too and apart from that it is my wish for Namibia to become a prayerful nation and for gospel music to rule this land of the brave.
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