New Era (Windhoek)

23 November 2012

Namibia: Royal Music Label to Launch in Okahandja

Windhoek — Okahandja's is set to welcome the town's newest music label Royal Music to the music industry, which promises to put the town entertainment scene on the map.

The label comprises of RnB sensation Ricardo Shaningwa aka Ricardo, and House man Tongai Vunganai aka BT who have joined forces and now represent the Royal Music stable. The star studded launch is scheduled for next Friday. Gazza, Ras Sheehama, Dnaff, Catty Catt, Kamasutra and many more will take centre stage on the day at Okahandja Park (uhe old Liverpool Stadium). " It's not just going to be a record label launch, Okahandja is my town and it's where I was born and brought up and we have things going down there. We don't like too much drug and alcohol abuse and such things and too much crime and talented people throwing their lives away," he says.

"Since I have been out of the industry for a little while, I have taken part mostly in live music, entered the last band standing for 2011 and made it to the semi finals and been doing a few cooperate gigs," he says adding that on the side he has made some time to take some much-needed production classes from Mega producer Elvo. He notes that soon after the lessons, he opened his own studio where he and BT met and it was thereafter that the two decided to take on the industry together under one label. "We decided that it was about time that O-town (Okahandja) got exposed to the rest of the country considering that we feel there is a lot of talent in the town and they too need to be heard," says Ricardo.

According to BT, he is yet to release his debut album, and this is the platform on which he will soon be releasing a studio album, which he has already started working on. "We will be doing two individual albums, Ricardo and I will be releasing our two individual albums soon, and this will all be done under the Royal Music label. This is why we decided to launch the album first," says BT.

Ricardo adds that the label recently signed new artists like Hip Hop kid Luna, and Slayer, who are all going to be officially introduced to the label during the launch.

"People can expect the best live show ever because this show is called the Battle of the Giants who will be taking part and give some upcoming artists in the town to engage with these artists. We want the town of Okahandja to come out and be a part of this event, which is for everyone," he concludes.

Tickets will be N$ 40 in advance and N$ 50 at the gate. The show starts at six O'clock, 18h00. Ticktets are available in Windhoek at Universal Sounds and Antnonio's Art and in Okahandja at the Comrade Bar, Lelly's Cellura Shop and Bank Launge.

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