By Lahja Nashuuta
WINDHOEK – Gospel duo, Franklin and Dee’A, have released their first 12-track powerful and worshipful album titled Victory. .
The new album is a mixture of music genres including gospel, hip-hop, RnB and kwaito with the central message of the gospel intended to spread the Christian message.
The duo, made of Franklin Newman Shital¬eni and Liopold Dee’A Vatilifaa, have been around the music scene for quite some time having graced local and international stages.
Last year, the duo staged a marvellous performance at the Benjamin Dube Festival of Praise’s breakfast meeting on fatherhood organised by The Southern Times newspaper and was attended by Namibia First Lady Monica Geingos as guest speaker.
They have also performed in South Africa alongside Khaya Mthetwa, Neyi Zimu, Collin Maluleke, and Rhengu The Psalmist.
The duo just returned from a tour of various cities in the United States that includes North Carolina, Charlotte, Dallas, Philadelphia as well as Rhode Island, New Port and Providence.
During their stay in the United States, they also managed to record a song with American gospel rap artist DA Truth as well as performed alongside S.O, another famed American gospel rapper.
Franklin is a radio and television producer by trade, working for the national broadcaster, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. He has two mixed tapes (16 and 12 tracks) to his name that was released mid-2016.
While Dee’A a son of an evangelist has two projects under his belt, titled The Covenant and No More Heavy.
The album Victory delivers word of motivation and hope and love to those facing challenges and features other impressive gospel artists in the country such as Esme Katjikuru Roswitha, Panashe and Esther. It emphasis that victory in Jesus is certain, not maybe or probably.
Fathers is the centrepiece here, anchored by Esme. The song highlights the importance of fatherhood in child life, while song number 13 titled Beautiful is calling for women to appreciate their natural beauty.
In He Saves, the artists tell people that God accepts everyone and heals every broken heart and soul. It is basically a song of praise.
Chopolife is another hit sung in Oshiwambo vernacular and is dedicated to young people. It warns them against indulging in reckless behaviour, as there is more to life than having irresponsible fun.