By Gift Munyanya
SONGSTRESS Daphne Willibard known by her stage name Oteya is expected to light up Windhoek’s Warehouse Theatre with her energetic performance in celebration of her birthday at the end of this month.
Although the event simply themed, ‘Celebrating Oteya’ will be held on the night of March 31, a day before her birthday, the former Gal Level member promises to give her fans an awesome experience of mind-blowing lyrics, tantalising beats and the out-of-this-world dance moves they are used to.
With a music career spanning over a decade, Oteya has established herself as a formidable force with three albums under Gal Level and two solo albums, making her a leading female artist in Namibia.
On her special night, the pop star will have the support from some of the best domestic artists such as Gazza, Lady May, Adora, and The Dogg, while Zambia’s finest Macky2 will also make an appearance. This will be the first time Oteya performs at the Warehouse since launching her solo career.
The birthday show will also include a three-piece band and a live DJ.
“This is my first show in Windhoek in 2017 so people should expect the unexpected. I will be performing songs from my debut album and from my new album, I will also be launching my new collaboration song with Zambia’s finest, Macky 2. I think that is something to really look forward to because it will be a surprise to many,” said Oteya.
Ever since embarking on a solo career, she has witnessed a healthy elevation of her music and growthin a strong fan base nationwide.
In 2014 Oteya released her debut album ‘Ethimbo’ which received an Mnet Music Awards nomination, making her the first Namibian female artist to be nominated, and in 2015 she was crowned the female artist of the year at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).She also embarked on a national tour which made her the first Namibia female artist to tour the country.
In November last year, she released her second album ‘Ondeya’ which is currently available at selected stores and will be available online as of March 31.
Oteya also finds time to give back through to the community through charity.
“This year I am planning to raise funds for two schools in Okahandja through performance. I have spoken to the relevant teachers and the selected schools so I’m waiting for them to get back to me to further the discussions and I really look forward to something postive,because I feel there is a need to help out wherever I can just to make sure learners get better education with whatever contribution I will bring forth,” she said.
Her track record speaks for itself as Oteya has shared the stage with international acts such as Ringo, Freshlyground, 2face, Lizha James, D’banj, UB40, Psquare and Boyz II Men just to name a few.
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