By Gift Munyanya
DESPITE the fact that rap/hip hop is still a small genre in the Namibian music industry, passion driven artists are pushing for its growth. One of those is Eyezman who although not a newcomer to the industry, he is yet to play his part in making hip hop bigger, better and more prominent.
“I moved to Windhoek nine years ago to pursue a career in music. It wasn’t easy and I am still not where I want to be in my career. There’s a lot of money, time and dedication involved in this business” said Eyezman who originally hails from Tsumeb.
Eyezman’s professional career and music career seems to be blending well as he currently works for a local television station as a news producer and sound designer/engineer; and after work he has to attend to his calling for music where he records, mixes and master songs.
“I am currently working on my album, titled, ‘Take up the baton’, which means, taking responsibility of something or taking charge or taking over something. In this case, I am referring to the rap game. As a rapper/producer or rapducer, I feel it is my responsibility to help put our Namibian rap music on an international platform. I am definitely going to raise the bar very high with this album. I am currently working with Prinzz. He is an up and coming R&B/rap artist from Tsumeb. So far, I have features from Ambassador Star and Hilifa94,” said Eyezman.
He added: “I am expecting some more features from other local artists, the album will have a unique feel to it and I am hoping to reach a wide range of audiences.”
Like any other artists who has made a break through in the music industry, one has to struggle to make it to the top and finance plays a vital role in the process and Eyezman is not an exception to this rule and he explained to Confidente about the challenges he faces.
“One of the challenges I am facing is money. Any successful product needs good marketing, packaging and advertising, to name a few and these things cost a lot of money. It is hard to find a good sponsor especially when you are not a huge star and exposure plays a huge role too. Radio stations only give certain artists airtime, event organisers only offer gigs to their friends or artists that are already well exposed or who made a breakthrough in the industry.
“I am succeeding at proving my worth. My ability to trade in many fields offers me the chance to get the attention of powerful people that can help me get to where I need to be in this music industry,” Eyezman concluded.
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