By Jeoffrey Mukubi
LAZARUS Ashipala, popularly known as Don Kamati, is finally about to release his much anticipated debut album titled, Real Ngeshef which is tipped to be one of the biggest albums in 2018.
Kamati earlier this year ran a massive social media campaign for two months in promotion of the album.
To date, the album has attracted over 15 000 downloads on the Namibiamusic. com website for various singles off the Real Ngeshef.
“It took me about 7 years to complete my album and it’s safe to say that the music is going to be massive.” Kamati said this week.
Confidente has also been afforded an opportunity to listen to the album before it drops later this month.
Real Ngeshef 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.
He features artists like Optimistic Pictures owner Mr Blos as well as BlackBoxx Entertainment’s newest sensation Top Cheri.
Hip hop superstar Brain The Tool is also featured on the album.
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.
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