The Namibian (Windhoek)

21 November 2012

Namibia: Ricardo to Launch Own Music Label

Ricardo Shaningua who won the 'Idols' style local singing competition 'Cell One Road to Fame' back in 2008 will be launching his very own music label on Friday, November 30, in his home town of Okahandja.

After winning the singing competition Ricardo released his debut album 'Hypnotised', in 2009. The singer temporally put the mic down and became more serious about producing.

"I was always interested in producing, I used to take production classes with well known producer Elvo and when I moved back to Okahandja at the end of 2011, I set up a recording studio for the youth of Okahandja, to keep the talent off the streets of Okahandja, and bring them into the studio."

Together with his close friend, House artist BT, Ricardo started the music label 'Royal Music'.

So far the label has four artists signed, besides Ricardo and BT, it also boasts Hip Hop artists Luna and Slayer.

"I have already had the privilege to write and produce music for a number of them."

Ricardo also produces songs for his up coming album 'No Walls', which is due for release early next year.

The 'Royal Music' launch concert will take place at the Old Liverpool Stadium in Okahandja. There will be performances by a number of well known artists including Ras Sheehama, Sunny Boy, Catty Catt, Kamasutra and Gazza.

Tickets are available for N$40 in advance at Universal Sounds and Antonio's Arts in Windhoek, as well as Comrade Bar and Bank Lounge in Okahandja. Tickets will also be available for N$50 at the door. The show starts at 18h30.

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