New Era (Windhoek)

29 June 2012

Namibia: 'Contagious' Relocating to Windhoek

Article Views (non — The 'Contagious Africa' trio, a RnB, Afro Pop and Hip Hop, outfit is relocating to Windhoek permanently later this year in search of more exposure and recognition.

It consists of producer and keyboardist, Joseph Richter aka Joe, bassist and lyricist Desmond "Des" Prins and lyricist Salvador "Dorr" Mouers. Des says due to lack of events here, they don't get around much to get the necessart exposure and resultant recognition. " I think moving to Windhoek is our only hope since most of the events take place in Windhoek and many music lovers are based there. Our music are very good, more archetype and one have to be familiar with us and need to listen to the song carefully and catch up the message in the song, that's why we are pushing to move closer to those people and start hosting shows round Windhoek," says Des.

The group was formed at the beginning of last year and brings a fresh, new blend of African music. Respect and admiration for women clearly reverberates in the lyrics of their music. Contagious Africa believe that their music should touch the heart of every man and women to give and care more in their relationships. The trio currently have a 14-track album titled Magic, ready for online release.

Desmond adds that although they sing together, they grew up differently and hail from different genres. Before joining the group, Desmond he has been working with well-known South African artists like Dawnay, and the late Tom (Mambo) Olifant. At about only six years he recalls travelling a lot with his brothers as a singer, doing road shows here and there. Naturally Desmond developed into a guitarist at the age of only ten years. And with that his musical career had proper kicked off.

Joe was born in Mariental and at a very young age, played keyboards and guitar in church. "I remember sitting on a chair at a church without my feet reaching the floor, playing keyboards and guitar," says he.

Dorr used to play around with a guitar from the age of five years and with time became an accomplished guitarist.

Currently the group is managed and financed in this album by a local businessman and close friend, Ivan Marshall. He set up a small studio for them called Marshall Records.

Desmond says that, even their debut album was recorded at Marshall Records, and if they move to Windhoek, they have to find a new studio and a new management to do their work smoothly. Magic, Nothing To Lose and The Way tracks have made it to the No.1 spot on Radio Energy Top 10. The group now has material ready for three more albums and are on the lookout for a local record label to work with.

On the international Internet radio station called Jango.com, the group have 500 000 plus people who like their music. "We are really looking forward for this great achievement and effort to come show our self in every corner of Windhoek, and as a promise, none of our fans will be disappointed," Desmond concludes.

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