Rundu artist shooting free music videos

28 November 2018 | Art and Entertainment

In order to contribute to the growth of the Namibian music industry, a Rundu-based musician who owns a studio has pledged to shoot one music video for all artists, for free.

Kongo Grey Mukava is an Afro-pop musician who has eight albums under his name belt. He is also a music and video producer.

Mukava owns PG Records and currently operates from a stall at the Rundu Open Market.

He shared his journey about how he entered the music industry, the challenges he has had to, and still endures, and his project of shooting a music video for any Namibian Society of Composer and Authors of Music (Nascam) registered artist.

Mukava said his musical journey started in 2006 when he released his first album 'Sigwe' which was produced by award-winning local producer, Araffath Mahuure.

Mukava explained the type of music he creates which he calls 'Matjakili music', a fusion of Kavango traditional music and disco.

With eight albums to his name, Mukava says that it was not an easy journey.

“As much as people like our music after we have produced it, the things we go through to finish an album… especially when it involves money. Artists have to tighten their belts and focus on that one project and it is not easy,” Mukava said.

He told Ewi lyaNooli that at a time, he drank quite heavily and smoked very often.

He said in 2010 he was hospitalised and was only discharged in 2013, when he had recovered.

Mukava said that he learnt his lesson and that is why, since 2010 he has not touched alcohol or smoked.

“I am proud to say that I am sober for nine years and I get so irritated when someone lights a cigarette close to me. I learnt my lesson the hard way,” Mukava said.

He also shed light on his project of shooting free music videos for artists saying that it is his way of helping the Namibian music industry grow.

He said that through music videos, local artists are able to market their music.

When asked who is eligible to benefit from his project which will run until next year, Mukava said any artist who is registered with Nascam.

“As long as the artist is registered with Nascam, he or she qualifies,” Mukava said.

He added that artists can also bring their own video producers as the equipment will be made available for them to use.

“I do not want to limit people. If you have your people whom you want to shoot your video, we will give you the equipment and you can go and shoot your video, but we will be there to supervise as we also need to consider time,” Mukava said.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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