…Rapper reflects on past, stays hopeful about future
KK born MaxiMillion Kadeen Kaoseb on March 4, 1991 to a Damara/ Nama mother (Anna Kaoseb) and an Otjiherero father (Cecil Nguvauva) has been in the music industry for close to a decade now.
His first single released in 2009 titled We Go Hard was one of the very few songs from Namibia to make it on ‘Channel O’ which still remains one of the biggest music channels in Africa. With multiple nominations as well as bagging an award at the Namibian Annual Music Awards, his passion and drive for music is clearly evident.
The Namibian hip hop mainstay recently released his first single since his album in 2016. KK is known to take long breaks in between his music, but now he is back and recently sat down with Confidente’s Jeoffrey Mukubi (JM) to speak about his new deal with Porch Munki Entertainment as well as his new music video.
JM: Before we go into the single Khaima ,please tell us about your ‘mini vacation or break’ from the music scene since you last released album ?
KK: I dropped Kaleidoscope in 2016 and one mistake I tend to make is to promote the albums for three months and back off. There after I decide to take a break from music because of personal issues, but I got back into the music like a year and a half ago.
JM: What is your current relationship with Porch Munki Entertainment (PME)?
KK: I am the latest addition to Porch Munki. The manager and CEO of PME Peter Karon is a good friend of mine and we had a long discussion about music. And as much as I am still part of Bermuda, I signed a deal with Porch Munki Entertainment.
JM: Briefly explain the inspiration for your latest single.
KK: The inspiration came from my journey in the music industry, seeing that I have been in the industry for almost 10 years and I have gone through so much. The past couple of months have been really hard and I was in a bad space. Khaima was born through the pain and successes as well.
JM: Why was it important for you to shoot the video in Gibeon?
KK: I do hip hop music, which is the biggest genre right now and I come from Namibia. We have adopted so much of the western cultures that we tend to forget where we are from. I wanted to show people where I come from and that is why I decided to show the people where I come from. I grew up and spent most of my life in Gibeon, that’s why it was important for me to show people the other side of KK. There was so much that I wanted to show, but the song is only four minutes long.
JM: What is your general take on the current state of music or the music industry in Namibia?
KK: I believe the industry is growing. It is picking up momentum again. When I started it was a different era, we appreciated, supported and bought local music. But at some point, we lost the support from fans because we became complacent and comfortable instead of growing with our fans. We also did not follow music trends. Artists need to understand that the quality of the music has to get better. The performances have to get better. People now know what they want to consume and we have to abide by that. So we as artists are only now starting to give more attention to our music, which evidently shows growth.
JM: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I am planning very big things for the rest of the year. I am about to shoot two more videos before the album drops. I also intend to take my music abroad. Shows are in the pipeline, but proper shows, I do not want to jump the gun and just do anything. I feel it is about time I show people that, I am not the 18 year-old boy that started doing music nine years ago. I want people to know that I have grown and that I am a professional, because I am trying to portray a certain brand that people can relate to as well as appreciate.
JM: Do you only do music or have interests in other sectors?
KK: As people may know, I have worked an eight-to-five job before and it did not go very well because trying to juggle that with music was not easy, especially with the passion and love I have for it. But I do have
interests in entrepreneurial activities, it is hard out here in the streets and winners never quit and quitters never win.
JM: What are your parting thoughts ?
KK: I would just like to thank everyone who has shown me the love and support, I hope it continues. I will definitely do my best to keep on bringing everyone good music.
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