Charisse Shipushu follows in father’s footsteps

Charisse Shipushu

The daughter of award-winning artist Sunny Boy, Charisse Shipushu (15), will be releasing her debut track featuring her father, titled ‘Tukanaame’ this month.

The young artist made the announcement on social media platforms recently.

Speaking to following the announcement, Charisse said music has always been her ‘vibe’.

Reminiscing on the musical journey ahead and her inspirations, Charisse said: “I think my music started from when I was very little, jamming to radio tunes and then later I joined the church choir. My grandmother loves to sing too. Shout-out to her for blessing us with those gospel hymns whenever she is doing chores.”

‘Tukanaame’ means ‘flying together’.

“Teaming up with my dad, Sunny Boy, for this song has been a nerve wracking experience because he is a perfectionist, but it was a fun ride. I can’t wait to collab with more Namibian artists in the future,” she said.

On what she loves most about music, Charisse said the fact that it brings her peace. So much so that she considers it as an escape room.

“It also gets me to dance and brings me peace when I need it most. But, I’m all about trying out new sounds. I’m very eager to explore other genres. I’m keeping my musical horizons wide, wide open. Although pop music is where it’s at for me, I am always down to switch things up and vibe with new genres,” she said.

The upcoming song is produced by legendary producer ‘Mr Glo’.

“Shout out to Uncle Glo for being the real MVP. He made my recording journey a breeze. I’ve learned tonnes about my voice and the kind of music that suits me best. He is patient, kind, professional and his collaboration game is strong! Working with a producer who understands my voice and its potential has given me a newfound understanding of music.”

Charisse said she looks up to artists like Ariana Grande and Black Pink.

As much as she loves music, however, academics is more important, she said.

“School is my top priority. I’ve got big goals, and acing my grades is key to reaching them. I make time for my music on weekends and whenever I’ve got some free time. It’s all about juggling tasks and squeezing in sessions, but school always comes first. And yeah, my folks are pretty strict about it. No tunes unless I’m nailing those grades.”


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