To date, only a few Namibian artists have managed to produce the best in conscious music and Big Ben cannot be left out as one of the tops on local grounds. With December holidays in Namibia being a toss up between summer parties, CD launches and weddings galore, the 2016 NAMA Male Artist of the Year has delivered a song specifically for the wedding days. True to the Namibian spirit, there will be many to celebrate this festive season.
For decades now, Namibians have been relying heavily on Brenda Fassie’s ‘Wedding Day’ to keep them entertained at weddings and parties. During the early 2000’s, local artist Jossy Joss had a song to cater specifically for weddings titled ‘Efundula,’ followed by Tequila’s “Marry me “ but since then local artists have turned a blind eye to wedding songs. So just before we exhaust the already few existing wedding tunes, the veteran artist has produced another one that speaks to the heart and celebrates wedding moments to come titled ‘Efundula/Omukandi’
‘Efundula/Omukandi’ (meaning wedding in Oshiwambo and in Otjiherero ) is sung in both local languages and also in English and was written after a prominent local DJ, DJ Paulo aired his dismay on social networks that there was a need for fresh and new wedding song in Namibia.
In response to the need, Big Ben took up the challenge and now presents Namibians with a local wedding song that they can sing and dance to during the festive season and beyond.
“We identified the lack of wedding songs within the Namibian music industry and a couple of Dj’s have complained about it so as an artist I took up the challenge,” said Kandukira.
Powerful verses that say – “mama I told you she’s the one for me” send a message to all mothers out there not to stand in the way of their children’s weddings but to bless them.
“In most of our traditions, there are three significant days in a person’s lifetime; the day you are born, the day you get married and the day you die” Big Ben added.
Finally, taking into account that the festive season is fast approaching, the multiple award winning musician urged his supporters to enjoy and dance to the song responsibly.
“Now that we have a Namibian wedding song, let’s watch out and party responsibly, safety first”, admonishes Big Ben.
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