The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Shyman Poised to Thrill Katima Music Fans

Music fans from the north-eastern town of Katima Mulilo can brace themselves for a red hot show, when Zambian music star Shyman Shaizo joins Namibian DJ Siya Mnathi-Fela in staging the Winter Bash, at Club Amplified this Saturday, June 30.

Born Michelo Siavwapa in Livingstone, Zambia, Shyman developed a keen interest in music in 1997, which lead to him miming to the songs of top artists at variety shows at school.

Once he had established his singing prowess, he received a request from a popular band at the time, Kamaflaj to join them as a back-up singer.

"They found me recording my demo CD and they liked my voice and they asked me if I could be backing them during their live performances. I was so excited about the prospect of working with a famous group and I worked with them for a year.

"In 2006 I met Petersen who who really liked my vice and we forged a nice partnership. He introduced me to his brother and the rest, as they say, is history," Shyman said.

Shyman recorded his first album in 2007 which did not receive much interest from the public, however, he decided to join Petersen in Lusaka in 2009, and the two worked together on a track titled 'Fendela Fenduze' which became a major hit.

The song is said to have dominated the Zambian airwaves and it stayed at the number spot for over 21 weeks. It was named Song of the Year in Zambia for 2009.

In Namibia, Shyman collaborated with top local artists like PDK, most recently on their hit 'Chipolopolo', as well as with Tate Buti, Mr Simple and Fishman.

He works closely with DJ Shiya who is known for his ability to keep patrons rooted to the dance floor whenever he is in action.

Damage for the show is N$20.

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