Chika's house has rules

28 September 2016 | Art and Entertainment

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Immanuel Kamati, who released his debut album two months ago, is one of the upcoming artists trying to make it big in the music industry.

The album is titled ‘Meumbo Lange Omun’iipango’, which means ‘In My House There Are Rules’.

Kamati, known by his stage name ‘Chika’, has been in the music industry for over 10 years.

Interviewed by Ewi lyaNooli this month, he shared the challenges he overcame in order to achieve his dream of releasing an album.

Kamati is an Afro-pop artist who also has a passion for Kwaito music.

His 15-track album consists of tracks such as ‘My Home’, ‘Everywhere We Go’, ‘Good Life’, ‘Kokule’ and ‘Kuku’.

“My home is my home so never forget where you come from,” goes the intro of the track ‘My Home’, in which he encourages fellow youth to respect where they came from.

Kamati said he started recording tracks for his album in 2009. He visited several studios across the country in search of quality producers in order to produce quality music for his fans.

Asked what his biggest challenge was during this period, Kamati said financing and having a permanent studio to record at. He had to travel from Oshakati as far as Windhoek to go and record a song, taking care of his expenses himself.

Most of the songs on the album are aimed at inspiring the youth.

“I am making music to inspire the youth. That’s why the youth, especially the ones from the North, keep demanding my singles when we meet at various places,” he said.

Kamati said the most popular track on the album is ‘My Home’, which has a rich lyrical content about why a home is important to an individual.

The upcoming artist also mentioned the possibility of winning several awards at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).

“My album is worth winning awards because I worked hard and I am sure my music will be recognised,” he said.

Kamati said he lives on the proceeds of his album sales, which are going well but a little more marketing would help.

He added that he spends most of his weekends on the stage, performing at various events.

Kamati said his message to the youth is that nothing is impossible and that they should work harder to achieve their goals.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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