21st Much Vol 4: A touch of genuis

OMALAETI Music has released a 17 track album featuring numerous artists as part of Namibia’s 20th independence anniversary, dubbed ‘I remember 21st Much.’

It is the 4th Volume of the 21st Much album series, only that this time much of the tracks are automatically knocking on the local music awards competitions.

The album features artists needing zero introduction, Hikwa sensation Sunny Boy, local Hip hop’s own Jericho, Tate Buti, Chimbwetu, Exit &Mushe as well as PDK just to mention but a few.

But the big one on the album is track 16 where Dj Impact features President Hifikepunye Pohamba. Yes, His Excellence Hifikepunye Pohamba.

DJ Impact comes in with a rocking House beat where the voice of the President recites his acceptance speech at his inauguration on 21st March this year.

“The Namibian voters showed their confidence in me, by electing me for the second time and last time as the President of Namibia, to lead our great country for the next five years. I accept,” he says in the song.

Adora opens up the album singing “Namibia! Gaire”, a praise song dedicated to the nation and with all the qualities that makes one want to continue listening to the rest of the tracks.

The second track is“Omadina”, by Tate Buti who comes in with his usual Kwiku style but this time with more authority and discipline in a song dedicated to the cabinet.

Although the tune is quiet addictive and danceable at the same time, Buti fails to break the monotony in the song with the chorus, perhaps a suggestion of how he attempts to be educative on the current political heads by mentioning all the Ministers and their Ministries.

He succeeds though in his educative bid, as most people would not be able to mention the whole cabinet, off head.

Sunny Boy featuring Adora comes third in “I remember” a song celebrating freedom fighters and thanking them for their contribution.

It comes in with a mourning key but still quite a likeable sing-along.

It’s one you can play during Heroes’ holidays and even at a party at the same time. Sunny Boy pays tribute to fallen heroes such as King Nehale lyaMpingana, Hendrik Witbooi, Jackob Marengo and Mandume yaNdemufajo, in the background of Adora’s angelic voice.

Adora comes out to her best in this one. By the time Sunny Boy heaps praise onto living heroes like Sam Nuujoma, President Pohamba and Hage Geingob you would be calling for an encore already.

The lyrics are quiet strong too and well arranged and so is the beat.

“We aren’t sad, we’re celebrating your life...” he closes his chapter.

“This Year” is the title for track 4 by duo Exit &Mushe. Their is a house song whose beginning reminds of the late Michael Jackson’s hitsong “Make the World a better place.”

There is a K-Boz feel in the piece as the duo deals with the current things that happened this year such as the good rain that resulted in good harvesting for the most of Namibia’s subsistence farmers in rural areas. The song also talks of the devastating floods that hit northern Namibia last year as well as Obama election and the November election that saw President Pohamba elected for a second term by a huge majority.

It is just a matter of time before ‘This Year’ starts conquering airwaves on local radio stations.

It is almost a month since the album hit the streets, and if ‘TuriMongutukiro’ is yet to dominate local airwaves then this review will advance the cause.

Track 5 is just a pure jam, a masterpiece, pregnant with humour and a bit that will rock any party. It is strange that the singer is a gospel artist who has taken his time to perfect his talent differently.

It is sung in Otjiherero and it’s not one that you can listen to while seated. It’s a get-up-and-dance song with a serenading Rumba beat as the artist takes you deep in the farms around Okakarara where cattle rearing is the order of the day. Ironically Ondombe aka MN Johnson is actually talking about Namibian tribes and not cattle rearing but the way he has structured his songs takes you there. Ondombe has lived in the dungeons of gospel music’s lack of exposure for a long time but comes out in full force with TuriMongutukiro.

Listening to the whole album gives the impression that the songs were lined-up according to the way they were composed. From a subtle Omadina, Tate Buti gets back to his real self in Twanambela which also features Sunny Boy and DJ Impact, this time both in another world.

Best collaboration award is on the way.

It will be many people’s favourite. If you have not received the album yet, try to imagine a mixture of Kwaito and Kwiku, then the genius of Impact.

Twanambela means we have landed and for sure, in this one the trio has landed as the whole album takes a new angle from this track onwards, not forgetting Buti’s satirical infectious laugh sandwiched in the beat. It’s made for the jukeboxes and bars around Eveline Street in Windhoek.

Play Sally’s ‘Freedom’ in your car and enjoy her rich poetic style in this melodic tune.

Then comes Jericho and Tunakie, a tried and tested combination. They brew rap and traditional Otyaka in ‘Ohatupandula,’ track 8. As is the theme of the album, heroism and independence, the duo praise and worship those that have contributed to the struggle for independence. It’s a masterpiece, especially considering that Jericho seems to have finally found his real self lately where everything he touches turns gold.

If this album was to have another title track, ChimeneMene is a sure alternative. Allan Jonathan aka Chimbwetu aka SwartBaster has just the talent of singing that grasps some attention. He has perfected the art of singing in Afrikaans, Oshiwambo and English but in ChimeneMene, he goes back to his roots singing in Kwangari in this gospel masterpiece.

Gifted trio, PDK hit the show with “Pandulwa.”

You can only wonder how they will be like when they perform Pandulwa in a live show.

The man who knows basically everything on this world, Nakale is also in the album with Track 12. He completes the circuit of the who’s who for any reveller and listener

Track 13 is titled “Twenty Independence” by Kamasutra the song talks about how in 21 March 1990 the Namibian flag was raised as the Apartheid South African flag was lowered and Namibia became an independent nation.

At number 14 is another must listen song titled Vetkoek by artist Baby which is another good house song with lively beats and quality sound.

Then Stanley comes in with his Damara Punch angle in Sida 1Khutse at number 15.

Overally the album is informative, danceable, and well educative. Besides the overall independence theme, various artists take turns to discuss issues like corruption, the current set-up and the youth. It is a touch of genius and a must-have.PF