New Era (Windhoek)

16 November 2012

Namibia: Pooua Running Musical Roost With Rakakotoka

Windhoek — One of the CDs currently running the roost on the airwaves and raving in jukeboxes in various watering holes is the latest release by one of the golden voices of the Oviritje genre, Dolly Tjiveze.

Dolly needs little introduction especially to the Oviritje fans and lovers having achieved fame with the Pouua Concert Group under whose label he has also released the group's latest CD titled Rakotoka.

The CD has been titled Rakakotoka, meaning it is back, a reference to the award which the group won in the first Namibia Annual Music Awards (Namas) last year with the song Ekuva No.7 (Axe No.7) which was sung by Steward Vetira. However, a dispute ensued among members of the group, especially between Dolly and Steward as to whom was the legitimate winner of the award, the Pouua Conbert Group or Steward who sang the song? Eventually the Pouua Concert Group won the day as the legitimate winner of the award hence the title of the song, Rakakotoka, a reference to the fact that the award was eventually restored to the legitimate winner, the Pouua Concert Group.

The CD has 15 tracks starting with the first titled Dronklap (Drunkard) in which laments alcohol abuse among the youth and at the same time caution against the dire consequences of such abuse. In the song this particular person has reached a point of no return as a result of alcohol abuse that bars have become his frequent home, he never gets home nor meet his friends who he is avoiding and ashamed of them because his state of alcohol deterioration.

He is entrapped in the land of alcoholism with its attendant problems and the only way out is through belief.

In the second song Kambahorera(copy cat) the singer continue his conversation with fellow singer, Steward, regretting the fall out between the two of them and reminding him where he unearthed and nurtured him into the Oviritje artist that he has become today, only to turn against him. The third track titled, 4444, has a ring to it of one the hits of the group, Ekuva No.7 which won it the Namas last year and reminisces about the long and arduous journey that the group has travelled.

When one talks or hear about the Pouua Concert Group one of their all time hits, the song Hiuami Delilah comes immediately to mind. Indeed the latest CD offers a remix of the song Hiuami Delilah titled this time around Luv Story. So if you did miss Delilah or is nostalgic about it, simply go and get yourself a copy of Rakakotoka and tune straight into track No. 6 for a reunion with Hiuami Delilah. Oviritje's automatic choice are Dronklap, 4444, Luv Story, Kaondeka, Rakakotoka, Oujenda, Ehupo and Poruaze. The group have so far produced six albums Mahura (2007), Hiwami Delilah (2006), Viripi (2007) Ozonduna (2007) , Omberijeta (2008) and their latest Rakakotoka (2012). Only one song from the their debut album seems to matter, Otjimwinyo,which is about drug and alcohol abuse.

However, Hiwami Delilah elevated the group but it did not ride on such elevation. The next project, Ozonduna, proved yet another dead end street.

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