2017 was a good year for Namibian music with some of the biggest musical influences releasing albums and gaining more recognition on the African front. For a relatively small country in terms of population, Namibia also has its struggles which affect their wider music industry.
“When music is consumed beyond the borders of Africa, it is an opportunity to show a different side to what and who we are.”
To be able to discuss the above and more at length made for an excellent and engaging conversation. My guest on the show, ML, is well-respected in the Namibian music industry as a musician and entrepreneur. She made a name for herself as manager to Exit, one of Namibia’s most celebrated musicians of our time as well as a featuring as an artist on numerous hits over the last decade. In 2017 she decided to launch her solo career by releasing The Diplomat which is her debut album.
We talked about empowering Africans by driving the narrative. Music plays a huge part in this, as something many Africans understand as cultural and providing social commentary. When music is consumed beyond the borders of Africa, it is an opportunity to show a different side to what and who we are. The role of women in the music industry is often understated and we discussed the fantastic work being done by Namibian female musicians of late.