… As Remy Martin internet downloads skyrocket
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
LAZARUS Ashipala, popularly known as Don Kamati, recently dropped his third single, titled Remy Martin, which may just turn into the biggest hit of summer 2017.
Don Kamati ran a massive social media campaign for two months, promoting the much-anticipated hit track, and he has been rewarded with over 3 914 downloads on the Namibiamusic.com website.
Tequila’s track, titled Still in love is at number one with 12 135 downloads, while AfroBerries is at number threewith 3 791 downloads for their song, Get Lifted.
Bobby Banganibo’s track, On My Knees, has been downloaded 3 639 times from the website and is currently in fourth place.
“I set my target to get 10 000 downloads for Remy Martin in a few days, so that it can motivate other upcoming artist to release their music and push for big numbers, without the backing of anybody,” Don Kamati said.
He has now also started another social campaign, called the Remy Martin Video Dance Challenge, where he is using local celebrities and industry experts to judge potential dancers for the upcoming Remy Martin music video, including Mitch the Comedian, Monica Top Cheri (singer), Peyavali Hashipala (dancer), Kamary Mupupa (model), Hilifa 94 (rapper) and June Dance Queen (dancer), in collaboration with the Kongoma Dance Academy.
“This campaign will initially kick-start the Free Namibian Music project, which aims to unify Namibian artists, and in turn, grow the industry even more,” Don Kamati said.
Remy Martin is mixture of urban dancehall, with dashes of African Pon Pon, which is a sound derived from new age Afropop, borrowed from Nigeria, and is characterised by its mellow vibe and soft-hitting synthesizers, mostly used in pairs.
Don Kamati spent most of his childhood in Windhoek and says that he had a modest upbringing.
He says he’s passion to produce and make music was largely influenced by his grandfather taking him to choir practice at church.
His stage name, Don Kamati, hails from his grandmother calling him Kamati, which means young man, when translated from Oshiwambo. Other influences include working for Uitani ChildLine Radio at the age of 10. Kamati attended Eldorado Secondary School and failed Grade 12, and it was at this point that he decided to move to Ongwediva in 2013, where he was employed by High Definition Music as a production manager and events coordinator.
He then decided to release a collaboration project with DJ Lazza, titled Mokuti, and in 2015 released his first solo single, titled Ipolopolo, which means ‘nonsense’.
Don Kamati later went on to release Wali Toti in February this year.
He is currently a production manager at Buzz-Fi Radio, and says that he feels that his journey is only just beginning, in terms of focusing on uniting Namibian artists.
“We have so much raw and untapped talent. If Namibian artists start working together or even just share each other’s music, then our diverse and beautiful cultures will show in the quality of work that we will release.”
The 25-year-old seems well on his way to leaving an indelible mark on the local arts and entertainment scene, while preaching and practicing unity.
The public can stream or download Remy Martin at
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