By Ovaua Kuaima
TAPUWANASHE Munyani better known as Tapz, is a lecturer at the college of the arts and a music therapist who started his career at a very tender age and is now changing how people think about music in Namibia. Tapz is also a performing artist and the man behind the Tapz Music in Namibia. The music therapist said he takes music as a profession and not just a talent. Tapz went to school to study music and he is now in a position of teaching music at the College Of The Arts (COTA). He said everyday his life is about music because if he is not busy recordingthan he is lecturing or reading books on music. Tapz said music was very unique to him as it heals people. The young man who has been in the music industry for the past 20 years said he has a degree in electronics that he completed before he studied for a degree in music which was something close to his heart. “When I was growing up I had other passions, but as I grew older I realised that music was my call and I needed to answer’’, said Tapz. The musician said his family has been supporting his artistic work since day one and they never discourage him since he started his music career at a very young age. Tapz said his mother is his number one fan as she has been there for him for all those years. “She used to pack a lunch box for me when I was in grade two and I will go for performances even outside the country to Europe for festivals for example. There is not a single day that she said anything bad about my music career”, recalled Tapz Tapz still wants to add more to his music career as he is planning to pursue a master degree in music and later a PhD in music saying he is more interested in music education and research.A former Savannah band member said although there are some song reviewers in Namibia at the time, a lot needs to be done to give education on critical reviews on music. “At least one must have an idea on what type of music they are reviewing and there should be more young music critics in the field. As musicians in the country, we want to see our music criticized and to know how we are doing and change if needs be”, said the artist On gender-based violence, Tabz said this is a huge concern in Namibia that needs intervention from all sectors of society calling fellow artists to come together and fight the evil. “I think it is my duty as a musician to talk about these things and do something about it, because people listen to my music and I am the voice of the voiceless. I should be as a musician on the fore front to fight this disturbing issue in our country. There are two songs in my next album I am currently recording, and I think they are talking to the current situation. I wrote them long time ago and I think they are relevant in this situation,” says Tapz. Tapz is currently busy recording his new album that will come out in November this year and he is busy pushing and promoting his album as well. The music lecturer called on Namibians to start supporting local artists and start enjoying local music. “I am calling on our own people to start supporting local artists, because there is no way local artists can grow if they don’t have local support Gone are the days when artist where performing for exposure, exposure does not pay bills, “ he said.
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