2024 forecast for ma /gaisa artists

The crème de la crème of ma /gaisa will be cooking up a storm this year with albums, singles, music videos and collaborations on offer.

After 13 years in the industry, Inno will drop a 12-track album collaborating with the talented Antivorenasy and Outjo-based Black Gold Studio producer Mr Shai.

‘/Khim !Hoa tixuro
/namixa’ (Let’s talk about love, my darling) hit maker Inno previously collaborated with the late Snappy Haeseb, Mr Yester and Staal and Botswana’s Big General Mmoloki Mabotho.

“I am currently working on my new album mastering and then I am thinking of a music video. I think this project will be unique for me because I have spiced up beats,” Inno says, however, adding that no release date has been set yet due to financial difficulties.

Inno, who is never shy of the limelight, once performed at an inaugural Damara punch show at Otjiwarongo while six months pregnant.

After nearly two decades of being a backup singer, Cleopatra //Ga­roës (stage name Cleo-G), will launch her first album, consisting of 10 tracks.

She has previously been a backup singer for Micheal !Owosoab, the late king of ma/gaisa, Phura, Pule and Habasen, among others.

“I am a person who likes exploring music. This album is next level, with a lot of enthusiasm and focus,” says Cleo-G, who last released a single in 2012.

One of ma /gaisa music royalties, Irona Else Matsuis – known as Oc Bulan Chess, who scooped the best oviritje award at the Namibian Annual Music Awards in 2020, is working on an album titled ‘Dantago’ (I won).

She says many artists will feature on her upcoming project.

“We are planning releasing more music videos and we shall deliver, like we always do,” says Oc Bulan Chess, whose award winning song ‘Around the Corner’ still rocks in nightclubs and house parties two years after its release.

With her songs being produced by the award winning Patrick P-flat Thaniseb of Desert Tunes Production, she is optimistic about its turnout.

Renowned ma /gaisa duo Le’bron (Levi Bron) and Redley (Rickey Haradoeb), who hail from Khorixas and Okombahe, respectively, started their musical journey at Walvis Bay.

The pair first collaborated on the single ‘Show Off Du’ and then released an album in 2021 titled ‘Sadu Ose’, which is currently streaming on various platforms.

The duo is currently busy with yet another album, to be released later this year, featuring a mix of musical genres.

“With this album we are going to reveal our capabilities as a duo. We believe we will make Damara punch great. We don’t want artists to feature on it for now,” Lebron says.

Musical duo Stanley ‘Staika’ Hangara and Emanual ‘T-Bozz’ /Hara#gaeb, who entered the music industry in 2005, is busy with a 14-track album.

Staika says this year they want to release music videos and perform at more shows.

T-Bozz says on their sixth album, they will work with various artists from other genres to diversify their offering.

“The name of the album is ‘Xam Xam’, a sound you make when chewing something crispy,” he says.

Eddies, born Edmond Gaeseb, who previously released two singles and two albums, is busy with an album titled ‘Ander Man se Dood is Ander Man se Brood’.

“People can expect the authentic side of ma /gaisa and Eddies, as I am planning on working with the legendary Backos, as well as T-Bozz and Staika,” says Eddies.

Stanley ‘Oustakes’ Hamaseb says he is busy cooking up what ‘he does best’.

Oustakes says his 14th album will create waves but won’t be released anytime soon as he wants to give other ma/gaisa artists space to drop their music.

“Other artists will release, so I am giving them space. I don’t want competition. The album is done and I am selecting which songs will be on the album, I wanted to drop it in December but one of my song is cooking up a storm on various platforms and among people, therefore, the delay,” Oustakes says.

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