By Ellen Shihepo
Windhoek – There is no doubt that the festive season in Namibia is already in full swing considering the flurry of activities on the local entertainment scene.
This past weekend, one of the country’s evergreen singers – Tate Buti kicked off the happy season with the launch of his latest offering titled ‘Opena’ at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.
The big turn-out to the launch, said to be around 3,000 people, is a clear verdict that Tate Buti has not lost his mojo, despite having been in the music scene for more than a decade.
The new 20-track album, which relatively means ‘a pen’ is Tate Buti’s 14th album, which he said, was inspired by life and general happenings in Namibia.
“I can say the launch was a success. The highlight of the event for me was that everyone worked together so well, resulting in the overall success of the programme,” he said.
Tate Buti is planning another CD launch party for his northern base fans in Oshakati. “For the remainder of the festive season I am still planning another launch party in Oshakati, the date is not yet finalised however,” he said.
In the album, Tate Buti has collaborated with Teqla (formely Tequila), 4×4 Too Much Power, Top Cheri and popular South Africa’s DJ Style.
Apart from Tate Buti’s captivating performance at the show that started on Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday, other big names including The Dogg, Gazza, PDK, and Exit also took to the stage to the delight of the big crowd.
Gazza commended Tate Buti for pulling off the biggest concert of the year. Being a renowned local blockbuster himself, Gazza noted that his greatest success as a musician is not necessarily the kind of success people always assume – but to help others.
“I have created for myself a platform to help others. It fulfils me to make a difference in other peoples’ lives, be it an upcoming artist or just normal scholars, as long as I fill them up with hope and ambition. For me that is success,” he said.
GMP recently signed Teqla and are working on her new album, which is expected early 2018.
The GMP founder is fully booked for performances and endorsement of products for the remainder of the festive season.
“Music is going to be a part of me until my final days. I plan to make GMP the biggest brand in Namibia and also to become globally renowned by making other artists’ dreams come true, growing and improving the label while being a producer and recorder.
“The growth of GMP and striking a balance between the young and old generation in terms of music is a strong priority of mine because I am sure the music is going to be more mature as we grow,” he said about his music label.
Popular afro-pop outfit, PDK, also set the stage alight at Ramatex and confessed that their festive season will be hectic. They have a New Year’s Eve bash lined up in Oshakati and Miss Okalongo in Omusati region.
The trio released its seventh album ‘Odikwa’ earlier in August this year. Like Gazza, they were also impressed by Tate Buti’s show.
“Tate Buti’s show was truly awesome. People really turned up and judging from the reaction, I could tell that locals miss the setup of the old music industry.
“Even the way he setup the event was according to the old music industry norms in Namibia. The crowd was lively and receiving and Buti is at the top of his game,” according to band member Patrick Mwashindange.
Mwashindange added that they are also busy shooting videos for the remainder of the festive season, and PDK music is now available on iTunes store.