NAMAs newcomers make a splash

17 April 2015

If there was ever a time when Namibia felt hungry for new talent and ready to welcome it with open arms, that time would be now.

The number of upcoming/new artists who walked away with a healthy share of nominations for the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) makes this clear. One such group is House Guru Gangz that consists of Sapy Mathias, Geson Baptista and Kahengutji Richard.

The trio of producers turned artists, who only came together to form a group last year, received two nominations for the NAMAs.

“The three of us worked separately as producers and eventually started working out of one studio.

“It’s only last year that we decided to form our own group after we became dissatisfied with some of the artists that we were working with,” Mathias explained.

They released their debut album titled Born to be a Star in November, and much to their surprise, it received a great reception.

The song they entered for the NAMAs comes from this album.

“We initially entered five categories but only qualified for two, but we are confident that we are going to win in those categories,” the boys said laughing.

Although their nominations are not in the categories that allow voting by the public, they released a music video for their single Guru Dance Style to increase their visibility and make themselves a household name.

The trio expressed their gratitude for the NAMAs and said the nominations were a sign that Namibia had accepted them and their music.

“We are house and azanto music artists that we mix with techno music in our songs and that set us apart from the rest. It’s a very un-Namibian sound but our friends respond to that,” the boys who originally come from the Kavango regions said.

They have been on Base FM’s Top 10 on 106.2 fm for the past two weeks.

They further stated that they now had empathy for artists; the kind of empathy that only comes with being an artist.

“When you’re a producer, you don’t fully understand the struggles of an artist but now that the tables have been turned, we have a better understanding of them and will hopefully be able to work well with them,” they said.

They have already started working on their second album, which will feature the likes of Lady May and former Big Brother Africa housemate Permithias.

They have scheduled the release of the album for later this year and they promise it will be better than their debut album.
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