New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Organised Family Return for X-Mas

The Organised Family recently had revelers at the Old Chez Ntemba up and raving when they performed there.

ARTLIFE"s Clemence Tashaya grabbed the occasion to chat with them about this and that in their world of entertainment. The duo started in 2000 and they have five albums to date, Orga released in 2004, Sinzakutangila (2006), Missed Call (2008), Koka Kola (2011) and their latest 2012 offering,Basket. Fascinating is how Namibian revellers described their music last week.

"We have started with the song Koka Kola because the track won us the Song of the Year and Group of the Year at the last Muvi TV Artists of the Year awards. Muvi TV is a regionally subscribed TV based in Nigeria. We are very much happy that Namibians love music so much and that is why we came here to give them the music live," said one of the duo, Orga Kent.

However, the duo complains that some people were selling fake DVDs of their songs in Independence Avenue and in shebeens in Katutura. "We have seen a lot of DVDs here in the streets, which we did not make and some of them don't have our pictures.

It's also very sad but we have brought our original DVDs so people can contact us and buy during our upcoming shows," he said

The Orga Family are coming back next month for another classical performance in Rundu and Katima Mulilo as part of their Christmas package for their Namibian fans.

Their songs such as Minga Munsomba, literally meaning "born in fish", Botolo Top, Hungry Lion and Face Book, have become very popular in Zambia and in Namibia, especially in the regions of Kavango and Caprivi where the inhabitants of these regions have an appreciation of the Silozi language.

What about Koka Kola? It is about bachelor trying to woo a lady to be his wife. If the beat does not catch your fancy, then certainly and without doubts, the lyrics ought to keep you interested as the bachelor courts the lady and introduces her to his house or bedroom. Orga Kent also disclosed that The Dogg and Gazza as kwaito artists, are the musicians of choice in Zambia. He said their music is very popular and a lot of people can sing the music off hand.

"These guys are very popular and if they come to Zambia, a lot of people will definitely go to the show," he said.

His brother, Orga Rex also mentioned Lady May, and the young female award-winning sensation, Linda Simasiku, as other popular Namibian artists in Zambia. He added that other musicians from the Caprivi Region such as the Gift Munyanya aka Young Bird, Simon Chidhuza and Zatrick Masiziyane are also popular through their Silozi language compositions. Young Bird performed as a curtain raiser during the Orga's recent show.

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