New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Harrisen Releases Gospel Album

Eenhana — Gospel musician, Harrisen Matengu, is bound to make his presence felt on the gospel music scene with his first album, Taha Utokena.

The Caprivi Region-based singer, who fuses Silozi, Rungwangli and English in his compositions, is making waves in Katima Mulilo where he is based. Backed by his church choir, which has seen him since his formative years before he moved to the Seventh Day Adventist church in Katima Mulilo, he has proven a force to reckon with in Namibian gospel music. The ten track album opens with the title track, Taha Utokena, a number that is doing very well on the Namibian Broadcasting Corpotation (NBC)'s Silozi Language Service where it has been on pole position for four weeks since its release.

Taha Utokena is a brilliant song which talks about Jesus' joyous life and the holy city of New Jerusalem. If you love your gospel and danceable beats then you should listen to the song. The follow up song Get Ready, sung in English, is dedicated to President Hifikepunye Pohamba and the Founding Father of the Nation, Sam Nujoma, for maintaining peace in the Caprivi Region, and indeed in Namibia. The beat is heavy on the drums while Harrisen laces his vocal over an addictive rhythm guitar riffs.

Other songs sung in Silozi and Rukwangali languages are Balumeni Muswalise, Jesu Uzusa Lazaro, Mulikanaka Ulusile and Tulaya in Tonga language. With these songs already enjoying repeated airplays on most programmes on NBC's Silozi radio service, especially on Sundays, Matengu is poised to claim his position in the Namibian gospel circles. He has finally broken the silence after a long journey to release his first album.

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