A Winning Team

Windhoek – Singing sensation Blossom swept the boards at the Namibia Music Awards (NAMAs) in Windhoek on April 20, walking away with four awards which include the coveted Best Female Artist of the Year gong.
While organisational and technical aspects of the ceremony were not as good as in the previous two years, it remained a night to remember for Blossom, who swept the board with her album, “Komuthima-Gwomeya”.
Blossom – who is managed by Dr Ben Mulongeni, who has groomed a host of talented Namibian musicians – emerged on the local scene with a bang at The Warehouse Theatre some two years ago, strumming soothing acoustic rhythms with the finesse of a veteran.
Her sound is quite reminiscent of greats like Salif Keita and Tracy Chapman, but retains a distinctive original feel.
Blossom says she tries to give listeners “a breath of fresh air” with her “African child root sounds”.
Blossom recently took her guitar to the France commemorations of World Music Day, where critics gave her warm appraisals, before she headed to Finland on a music and education programme.
In Dr Mulongeni, Blossom has a manager who knows how to bring out the best in young talent. Together, they make a winning team.
Dr Mulongeni, who manages her through his Great Wings Promotions label, said he was not really surprised that Blossom is already being critically acclaimed.
“It’s hard for music lovers not to love her music,” he told The Southern Times.
“She is worth listening to.
The strumming of her guitar and the infusion of African-style beats, gives her music simplicity and integrity. Her lyrics flow like poetry. This is going back to the nuts and bolts of music and creating something of substance.”
For Dr Mulongeni, the quality always beats quantity, which is something music promoters and managers need to grasp as they continue to focus on churning out streams of productions that fail to capture the imagination of the audience.
“The manager and the artist should work as a team, you should all sit and listen to the music, make changes together, and you should leave the artist to do her own thing things and express herself.
“That way you work together to produce a work of real art.”

 

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