By Gift Munyanya
AWARD-WINNING artist, The Dogg, has played down his supposed beef with fellow kwaito superstar, Gazza, saying that the two performed together at Oteya’s recent birthday bash, and even went clubbing at popular Klein Windhoek hangout, Pharaohs Bar and Lounge, after the event.
The Dogg also maintained that he is willing to share the stage with Gazza again, even at the upcoming Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), which is slated for Walvis Bay at the end of the month.
The Dogg’s comments this week follow a recent court mediation, which ended with his Mshasho Trust Fund being ordered to pay Gazza Music Productions (GMP) N$200 000, over an undisclosed matter.
“I do not mind performing with him at the NAMAs, as long as [the organisers] are paying. If it is for free, then my answer is no.
“If there was bad blood between us, we would not have performed alongside each other at Oteya’s birthday bash (on 31 March at the Warehouse Theatre). We even went to party together at Pharaohs after that,” The Dogg said.
Gazza is expected to perform at this year’s NAMAs, alongside South African hip-hop sensations, Emtee and Saudi.
He has been nominated as Best Male Artist of the Year, while he is also among the nominees in the best hip-hop, best collabo and best house categories.
His latest album, Pumunu, will also compete in the Best Album of the Year category. He will also be honoured with a NAMAs special award, in recognition of his musical contributions over the years.
During an interview this week, Gazza refused to comment on the court mediation or on his relationship with The Dogg.
He instead shed light on his philanthropy, which includes plans to fund 10 mobile clinics for the marginalised OvaHimba community.
Gazza said it was his love for humanity that motivates him to give back to the most vulnerable in society.
He said he is working with a United Kingdom non-governmental organisation, to supply the specially designed containers for the mobile clinics, and that he will cover the shopping costs, amounting to N$100 000.
“I want to believe that my mission is to change lives; I want to establish a program for mobile clinics, and I have already sourced the containers,” said Gazza.
According to him, the OvaHimba community needs basic healthcare, but they have to walk for hours, just to get painkillers or malaria tablets at Opuwo, “which is not fair”.
Apart from the mobile clinics initiative, Gazza also serves as an Education Goodwill Ambassador, which sees him touring the country, warning learners about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. He has been fulfilling this role for the past eight years.
He is also a Back to School Campaign Ambassador for the Office of the Prime Minister, which sees him source sponsorship to buy school materials, such as calculators, bags and books for marginalised learners.
“It is important to highlight that I don’t get paid for my ambassador roles,” he explained.
“As Education Goodwill Ambassador, I pushed for Donkerbos Primary School to get a hostel, and now the school finally has one, which is up and running.”
Prayer is the key for Gazza, who has won over 35 local and continental awards.
“I pray every day, and over the years people have been listening to rumours that I am part of the Illuminati and all I did was to laugh.
“I pray before hitting the road to any show, even my wife and kids know that prayer is the answer, I have come to a point in time where I feel something is missing if I happen to eat before praying.”
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