… As Namibians go bananas over Lombwelange
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
NAMIBIA’S airwaves have been taken over by up-and-coming sensation, Dj Shoza, whose debut deep house single, Lombwelange, which features Tequila, has been trending on local charts and radio stations all over the country.
Speaking to Confidente this week about his newfound fame, Dj Shoza, whose real name is Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma Shiimi, said her had always wanted to work with the RnB and soul queen.
Surprisingly, he added that there was no specific inspiration around Lombwelange, which has now taken the country by storm.
“It came about on one of those random days, when producer Sam-E Lee Jones, Tequila and I were in the studio. I just began messing around with beats, Sam-E kept adding to it. The sole purpose was to create a beat that would suit a voice like Tequila’s and simultaneously try to elevate her voice to something even more spectacular,” said Dj Shoza.
He said that Tequila’s voice had engrossed him, from the moment he first heard her sing. “I’ve always wanted to work with Tequila, her voice has a velvety sound to it, and the emotion she exudes in every lyric is amazing; without a doubt I knew she was perfect for this song.”
Asked whether Namibians can expect an album from him, Dj Shoza said, “After realising the type of music I was capable of making, it ignited that want in me to create an album. At the end of the day, I just want to bring variety to our music industry.”
Tequila is not new to the deep house genre, as she has collaborated with the late South African afro-house legend Bojo Mujo on his hit track, Thando Wami, which had Namibians jiving in 2011.
The track has been viewed more than 411 802 times on YouTube. Although afro-house is predominantly a South African genre, some Namibian artists have embraced the sound, and have tried to inject that local flavour, where possible. The rise of young afro-house producers such as Dj Dozza, House Guru Gang and 2017 Namibian Annual Music Award winner in the Best Producer category, Sam-E Lee Jones, have been driving a new afro-house era in Namibia. The latest addition to the crop of Namibian artists excelling in the genre is none other than Dj Shoza, who is signed to Gazza Music Production (GMP). Dj Shoza hails from Donkerhoek, in the heart of Katutura, and is a professional backing vocalist and dancer.
He told Confidente that he always knew he wanted to be an entertainer.
His stage name was inspired by South African musician Mshoza. “I was always the entertainer around the house; I always loved to dance, so for me that was like second nature,” Dj Shoza said.
He attended Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School in Katutura, but did not finish Grade 12.“I never got to finish secondary school, because in reality, school isn’t for everyone, but I didn’t let that stop me from pursuing my dreams.” Dj Shoza met Gazza in 2008, who gave him his break in the industry, where he has excelled as a backing vocalist and dancer. That relationship later culminated in Dj Shoza being signed to GMP, and later becoming a producer.
He has now come out of his shell fully as the next big thing in Namibia, with his hit Lombwelange, which has already been downloaded 20 000 times on the Data File Host website. Dj Shoza said he is determined to make the most of his entertainment career.“Being a curious person, over time I wanted to explore other avenues, and that’s when I got started with music production.” The up-and-coming music titan said he is currently working on his album and will keep his fans updated, as a release date approaches.
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