PANASH Pieters (PP) commonly known as Profit is an up-and-coming Namibian rapper who got inspired to start a music career, because art has been in his family for a long time. Confidente‘s Jeoffrey Mukubi (JM) recently caught up with the rising star to talk about his up-and-coming album and his feature with Kalux, 2018 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) male artist of the year.
JM: Why Profit, where did the name come from?
PP: I did not want to have a cliché rap name. I also just wanted to prove that I can make a profit in all spheres of my life.
JM: And what defines you as an artist?
PP: Just basically the passion and the drive I have for music.
JM: Have you always had the passion for music or did it just pop up out of the blue.
PP: Music has always been a part of me for as long as I can remember. It all started from a very young age. Also I could say it is in my genes. It all started with my dad being the ice breaker in our family, he started off his career in the entertainment business as an actor, followed by my brother who pursued his passion in dancing, which leaves me to be the artist.
JM: The single Mamase, please tell us more about it.
PP: Mamase is a song my great grandparents used to sing. The song is basically about a guy who is asking a girl’s mother for her hand in marriage. I just wanted to modernize a traditional song so it has an afro-pop vibe to it.
JM: What do you think about the Namibian music industry in general?
PP: The Namibian music industry has finally reached its peak, it has turned into a business, and the business is expanding for that matter.
Artists are making headlines now and we hear of new artists each week which is a good thing, and like in all business sectors there is a lot of competition. It is always good to face a few challenges that way we keep our heads above the water.
JM: What is the plan for the remainder of the year? Any planned projects, albums, video etc.
PP: There definitely will be visuals out for the single Mamase very soon, as for the remainder of the year, I am busy working on an album, participate in as many shows that will be taking place as well as hosting my own shows. It is all about hustling.
JM: Who would you want to feature locally or even internationally?
PP: Locally I would like to work with Ngai, KpIllest, Adora and Sam E Lee Jones.
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