By Gift Munyanya
KHORIXAS-born Ma/Gaisa maestro, Ricky Goagoseb, plans to take his genre to another level.
Known by the moniker, Ricky, the 25-year-old has ambitions to push his career to greater heights, and has set his eyes on making sure that Ma/Gaisa hits the international scene.
Ma/Gaisa, formerly known as Damara Punch, is modern-day Damara traditional music, and the local genre has produced award-winning artists such as Phura, Stanley and duo, Raphael and Pele.
In 2013, Ricky left the /Ubzellas, to try it on his own, a move which is now paying off, as he has so far released an album and a couple of singles, and currently working on his next “big thing”.
“I relocated to Windhoek, after completing my Grade 12, and so I left /Ubzellas, because the guys I was in the group with, were behind me academically,” he said.
“I want Ma/Gaisa to reach international levels, just like house music,” he added.
Inspired by the likes of Phura, the Rastcool band, Reggie Adams and Stanley ‘Ou Staiks’, Ricky’s passion for Ma\Gaisa is one that he readily shares with anyone he meets.
Although those who inspired him have gone silent on the music scene, which is the case with many other local musicians, Ricky is adamant that he is here to stay, and will keep the Ma/Gaisa genre alive, even if it means inspiring and helping others to stardom.
“Ma/Gaisa taught me a lot about social life. The messages in the lyrics are very helpful. We sing about life in general, and things that happen every day in our communities; be it bad or good.
“We talk about it through music. One would say we are the voice of the community,” Ricky said.
His latest offering, #eberub, which means ant, has been enjoying airplay on Damara/ Nama and Setswana radio stations.
The song, which won him recognition among his peers, speaks of how an ant is hardworking and persistent; characteristics he says should be imitated.
“When I was growing up, I used to watch these insects collect their food, and put it in small holes all day long, and this was motivating to me.
“When I started my music career, I wanted to put my observations of ants into music, and the song became a hit. The song talks about motivation during difficult times, and encourages people to never give up,” Ricky explained.
Ricky recently starred in a local short film, Find the X, as the lead character. The movie was shot in Grootfontein, by 2by2 media group, and is slated to premiere on local television channels before the end of this month.
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