New Era (Windhoek)

21 October 2011

Namibia: Marvin, Namibia's "Michael Jackson"

Katima Mulilo — A first time encounter with this musician recently at the 2011 Miss Namibia Pageant, could not but flabbergast anyone invoking memories of the late King of Pop, Michael "Wacko Jacko" Jackson.

A total package. A rare musician. Energy, humour, talent and the voice all rolled into one. He is unique when on stage and that gives him a different stage management and performance that other Namibian musicians don't have. His 2009 debut hit single hit Roxanne, which rocked the Namibian airwaves, was not a surprise to his fans. He has more than eight years experience in the music show business.

Having started with a fusion of R n B, a mixture of pop and house, soul, dance, neo classic and contemporary rhythms, Marvin "Michael" Sanzila was inspired into music by international artists like the late "King of Pop" Michael Jackson, John Legend, Phil Collins, Marvin Gaye and Hip Pop stars like Alicia Keys, Usher and Justin Timberlake. Since his debut hit he has not looked back and it seems the sky is the limit for the Kavango raised artist.

"Of course, l got inspired by these guys, especially Michael Jackson, because he still remains the best ever to come out of this beautiful world. A lot of music promoters have invited me to their corporate events, especially beauty pageants because they like my dancing and stage skills. I have no nonsense when I'm on the stage. That's what my fans want from me and l will give them the best. I also set out to take notes from the best, mix and match the rest for my Namibian fans," says Marvin.

He has finished working on his second single Moonlight, to be launched early November and which he promises as Christmas gift for his fans. "I have finished working and polishing my brand new second single. When l'm done with my third track Desert Sands, l will then launch my full album. Desert Sands offers a hint to his other great amour, the environment. Other songs are to follow as soon as he has sorted out the marketing. "So far my music is doing very well both on radio and television," he says.

Marvin is not only a singer and music lover as he currently hosts documentaries on Namibian Environmental issues especially on Wetlands. Meanwhile, he has finished working on a film and documentary on Namibia Wetlands and their potential for eco-tourism. He is a presenter and narrator in the film commissioned by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), and to be launched before the end of the year.

Although not classically trained, Marvin's ear for music was fine tuned since the age of fourteen during his school days. On finishing his Grade 12 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN)'s Nkurenkuru High School in Rundu, he proceeded to the University of Namibia and graduated in 2005 with a Science Degree majoring in Natural Resources, Fisheries and Marine Resources. Marvin is currently working as an Environmental Technical Consultant in Windhoek. His other independent works involves events coordination, planning and management. His best book is the Bible and other motivational books on life.

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