Windhoek — By the time one gets to the eighth track, with only two tracks left, one would think there is not much two choose from on the latest offering from Jossie Music Productions 999.
For the unconverted or newcomers to the Oviritje genre music scene, JMP999 means no more than, lately, that hit album Oviku Viomuriro and the hit song with the same title, one of the finalists in the recently concluded Namibia Annual Music Awards (Namas) in the Best Oviritje category. Although this song, and three others had to succumb to the mastery of Ongoro Nomundu's Ndjipo Ngoma Man! that ran away with this year's award in this category about three weeks back, the oviritje-loving public has as yet to get tired from Oviku Viomuriro which is still racing many a house parties as well as airwaves alike, and no doubt for the foreseeable future.
But with the genre's fraternity still fathoming the aftermath of Namas in this particular genre, as well as the insatiable appeal of Oviku Viomuriro, geniuses in the JMP stable would let bygones be bygones. As the saying goe s time and tide wait for no one. Likewise Namas 2013 shall be waiting for none, in the least not until Oviku Viomuriro may have run its steam. Hence JMP999 new 10-track offering. Reading this latest release with Oviku Viomuriro still fresh in many an oviritje fans and lovers' memories, and not to mention its reverberating effect on the eardrums of many, one cannot but quickly turn one's eyes and attention to the sixth track, Umba umba, so titled as a marketing ploy to ride on the room and fame of Oviku Viomuriro which also contains the words Umba umba in its lyrics. Indeed the track does try to ride on Oviku Viomuriro but, while as popular as it is currently, there's no attempt at fading it can be successful as the track itself well testifies.
Having reached a stalemate with the first eight tracks in terms of not being able to choose anyone of them as outstanding and the track of choice on the release, this choice is ultimately limited two the last two. But the last one, PDM party, a PR for Jossie's Kauandenge's own latest political exploits, one cannot but pins one's last hope on the ninth track, Mbajama ovandu. Incidentally somehow by a strange turn of things Oviritje this Week cannot but fall for this track. Not only by the unmistakable voice of Dolly Tjiveze, but the song somehow stands out among the others, if only an inch above the others.
But in the true style and standard that JMP has come to spoil its fans and lovers with, indeed choosing Mbajama ovandu, may be strictly be more a matter of personal choice than anything else. Because with oviritje stars like Zulla boy, Fora Diego, Condest, Lovers and Dolly with each bringing his uniqueness to any particular track, there can be little choosing among the various tracks with each appealing in own way, and of course differently so to different and eclectic fan base that the genre, and more so JMP has amassed over the years. While choosing any particular song above another may be an arduous task choosing this latest release can by no means be a formidable task. In fact it is the easiest task that there ever be. For who would not want to choose the likes of Zulla boy, Fova Diego, Condest and Dolly, whatever the musical project? So simply go and get your copy and make your choice which of the ten songs you would want to have the Kidz enter for Namas next year?
Meanwhile, buoyed by their exploits during the just concluded Namibia Annual Music Awards (Namas) presentation ceremony when they coveted for the first time under the Namas the Best Oviritje award, one of the country's premier Oviritje outfits, Ongoro Nomundu, promises to give their best tonight when they appear as guests artists at the launch of the Omundu Magazine at the Protea The ringerhof Hotel in Windhoek tonight.
Likewise the group vows a sterling performance as part of the at the Scara Speedy Car Wash soccer tournament at the Khomasdal Stadium tomorrow night. The group recently added to its honours with a Namibia Annual Music Awards (Namas) award on 14 April with the song, Ndjipo Ngoma Man! from their last year's album, Unbeatable. In 2006 and 2007 they palmed in prizes in the NBC/Sanlam Music Makers Award with the songs Ahi-Ahi and Onerera respectively.