Scottish politician Andrew Fletcher said, “Let me write the songs of a nation: I don’t care who writes its laws.” We have politicians, philosophers, teachers and all those entrusted with guiding the nation. But their space in society is only valued by the knowledge they feed those who look up to them. Give Lieutenant Shitana the mic and you might just as well make him the spokesperson of society as he presses every button of society often skipped by many.
His latest offering ‘Konima yonguto ihaku hondamwa’ is not only a hit but pure kasi- philosophy at its best.
The 18-track album features household names like Promise, May Beats, Exit, Traccy Lee and Satlam.
The first track Shitana pleads with Namibians to do away with tribalism and everything that sees fellow Namibians as ‘others’, “we need to build the country as a collective.” On the track, Shitana highlights priority areas that can only be solved if the entire country unites.
Featuring Exit on the third track titled ‘Epandela,’ the two cruise through rhymes effortlessly explaining the importance on being focused on things that matter. They make reference to the current social status-quo saying young people need to stand up for what is worth.
Going solo on the main track ‘Konima younguto’ Shitana speaks of his partner who seem not to be fond of communicating the truth with him. Shitana shares a series of lies Kayoso has told him now and then but also advises her that he is not as oblivious of her whereabouts as she thinks. The track narrates that regardless of the lies people tell, the truth will always surfaces.
More of what he is known for, Shitana calls for the youth to take care of the elderly while they are still alive. Track 6 ‘Kwafeni aakulupe’ hits high notes with the current reality where the young have turned a blind eye to the elderly. Shitana says young people can only be wiser if they take care of those who made them who they are.
Track 12 ‘Inolotoka,’ provokes thoughts of what fruit some journeys will bare at the end. The track which translates ‘do not rush’ advises the listener not to rush things in life. He makes reference of the fast-life many opt to take in the hope of benefiting quicker.
Keeping the tempo, Track 17 ‘Tushuneni Kowambo’ advises people to go back home to apologise for what they have wronged their parents. Shitana lays it bare that people have it rough and blame the devil for the bad luck. Little do they know that part of their misery is caused by the ill that they have done to their parents. He says all will only go well when and if one has the blessings of their parents.
The album may not be the favourite for who do not understand Oshiwambo but the message remains powerful and a must-get.