By Gift Munyanya
UNLIKE singing, rapping and dancing, the art of disc jockeying is usually left to males, but 25-year-old Alba Hamukwaya, affectionately known to her fans as DJ Alba, has been defying the odds since 2012.
She maintains that her love for music is inspired and driven by her growing interest in deejaying, making her “more than a skirt on the decks”.
Although, reserved and private, DJ Alba finds expression in the music that she plays.
“I never really dreamt of becoming a DJ, but I have always wanted to be an artist. I loved singing, but I had major stage fright, so I never even tried taking that route,” she said.
In the music industry, artists are recognised through the winning of awards, and DJ Alba is no newcomer to those types of accolades.
“Since I started deejaying, I have won two DJ competitions, and I have been fortunate enough to play at some of the biggest events in the country.”
She, however, said that promoters are still “taking chances” with Namibian entertainers, by not paying them what they are due.
DJ Alba will be performing at this year’s Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), slated for end of this month in Walvis Bay.
She says that despite the fact that the industry is male-dominated, she enjoys spinning the decks and keeping her fans on their toes.
DJ Alba says her secret to competing with the country’s male DJs is the extra effort she puts in.
“You have to work twice as hard as your male counterparts. You don’t want to be labelled as just a skirt on the decks; you have to put in work.
“Through that I have managed to be where I am today, and I can proudly say that my work is appreciated.”
According to her, humility is her “favourite cup of java”, and all she wants to do is to make people dance.
“I am driven by the fans, who tell me how proud they are and how I inspire them; that fuels my passion.”
DJ Alba says that every set and performance is a chance to do better than her previous one.
She is currently working on projects with her close friend, DJ Maggz, under Afroberries Studios, and in five years’ time she sees herself waving the Namibian flag at international festivals in Europe.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015