..A Journey to Self Discovery
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
JACQUES Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja has once again proved why he is one of the most sought-after live musicians in Namibia, with his latest offering, Tschuku Tschuku: Trance !Namib Freedom Station, delivering in bucket loads.
The album screams revolution, as Nashilongweshipwe’s soothing voice captivates the mind, body and soul, with every word and every melody, on every song.
The messages seem to come from a very private and spiritual place, as he sings about activism, protest, love, hope, joy, motivation and mourning. From the very first song, titled Tschuku Tschuku, it is clear that this album will be memorable.
Nashilongweshipwe did a wonderful job producing this album, in which he uses an array of instrumentalists for his songs, who sound like one incredible band.
Track four, titled Meguru, is a prayer for land and love, and it originally hails from the bushes of the Kavango.
Although it is a cover, Nashilongweshipwe added a touch of originality, by including Oshiwambo and Shona lyrics.
This song reminds him of his church and school years, while he learnt about home and heaven.
In his own words, he describes the song as “dramatic”.
Track nine is titled, We will be free, and here Nashilongweshipwe features Nesindano, who is an established poet and musician, among other things. This song is incredibly healing and the use of Oshiwambo vernacular and Damara poetry is amazing.
When Nashilongweshipwe sings that “someday it’s going to be alright”, the listener is inclined to believe him.
This is definitely a five-star album, to suit every occasion and every mood.
It exudes so much emotion and tells the story of self-discovery and self-awareness, in a country that has an ongoing history of migration.
Tschuku Tschuku: Trance !Namib Freedom Station is available at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre or contact Nashilongweshipwe on +264 85 662 6161 for a copy.
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