By Gift Munyanya
AWARD-WINNING hip-hop sensation, Maximillion Kadeen Kaoseb, popularly known as KK, wants to build the local music industry into something the country can be proud of once again.
KK, who also has his own record label, Bermuda Music, says that artists and ordinary Namibians should start supporting and building local music, like never before.
The We go hard hitmaker has put in years of passion and dedication into the Namibian rap game, since he made his debut in 2008.
We go hard, on which he worked with the likes of Berthold, the late Eclipse and Lil D, was nominated in two categories at the 2009 Namibian Sanlam Music Awards, where KK also performed.
Riding on this momentum, KK released his debut album, Genesis, in 2010.
In 2014, KK released his second studio album, Start from scratch, which received a favourable review from South African hip-hop magazine, HYPE. The musician also performed at one of the 2014 Big Brother Africa eviction shows. He has also shared the stage with South African artists, including K.O, Kid X, AKA and Khuli Chana.
He won Best Hip-Hop/Rap category and the 2015 Namibia Annual Music Awards and the Best Music Video category at last year’s awards show.
This year, he is nominated in the Best Afro Pop (Inclusive of Township Disco) and the Best Musical Event of the Year categories.
In an interview with Confidente recently, KK shared how his career is all about making beautiful music, and loving every minute of it.
GM: Who is KK?
KK: Born on 4 March 1991 in Windhoek, I grew up listening to the music of greats, both international and local, like Notorious BIG, Ludacris, Jay Z, Ice Cube, 2Pac, Nas, Gazza, The Dogg, Jericho, and many more. It was in high school, where I realised that I had a passion for music production and writing. I started producing a few songs, which I then presented to friends and family, who ultimately gave their support for me to pursue my passion.
I am an award-winning artist, with over seven years’ experience in the music industry, and I have had a relatively interesting career making music, performing at events, winning awards and exploring larger endeavours in the industry.
I am also one of only four local artists to have received a distribution deal with Musica.
GM: What can music lovers expect from your latest album?
KK: My new album, Kaleidoscope, is not your typical KK rap album. Every time I work on something new, I try to bring different elements and sounds that resemble my growth and knowledge as an artist, and I refuse to be confined to a specific genre. I’ve proven to Namibia that I can be the best rapper in the country, and now I need to show them that I can be the best musician. For me it’s all about making beautiful music, and loving every second of it.
GM: Tell us a little about your latest NAMAs nomination.
KK: It’s always a great feeling to get nominated, because you get the acknowledgment and appreciation for the hard work you put into your craft, and like every other year, I appreciate it with all my existence. I spent close to a year working on my album and I was very happy to see the positive response from my fans, firstly, and also the NAMAs, but the most important nomination for me, was that of my artists Ray & Kbrizzy. That is the highlight for me.
GM: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
KK: My biggest priority is my record label, Bermuda Music, and ensuring that our artists are the best in our country, and eventually outside our borders. With hard work and much-needed dedication, I believe I can achieve this within the next two to three years. I’m not really worried about accolades, because they come deservingly, and that’s a known fact. I will also see myself celebrating my 31st birthday in five years.
GM: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?
KK: As Namibians, we need to start supporting and building our music industry again. It starts with us as the artists, but then we need help from you (the public), to make this something we can be proud of, something we can take and present to the world, something we can say we built ourselves. We need to rise up and stand together.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015