23 November 2012

Namibia: Satlam's Latest Album Oozes With Quality and Creativity

Windhoek — Lamek Shatilwe aka Satlam recently launched his third album Kapatashu, at the Kuisebmund Hall and Vilakazi Lounge in Walvis Bay on Friday and Saturday respectively.

The launch featured Dizza, Lucky DD, Speaker, Msunday, G-Kas, Chippa, Dister Master, Ongwediva Finest, Hazard and Young Man who show their intimacy performances. Satlam titled his 17-track album Kapatashu because he wanted to show everyone, and all his fans, that he has finally matured musically. In track five (5) on the album, Satlam sings more about everything that changed in his life, the journey he went through and how he want to keep growing.

Some of the lyrics in the song goes like: "Ondeenda mondjila muna omakegwa, ngame noho okwali ndina okunangala nondjala," which means "I walk through on a way full of thorns and I was supposed to sleep with an empty stomach."

Kapatashu means deputy headman, hence this album was really polished to give the image of a serious Kapatashu who is striving to take over the chair of the headman" says Satlam. He adds he sings more about real issues affecting Namibian people in their everyday life.

"I know everybody can relate my songs to something that happened to her/him in the past, and all those memories. I sing about love, crimes and all sorts of daily circumstances that face us. I sing more about things that every artist is scared to sing about," he boasts.

"I would say, seventy five percent (75%) of the lyrics in the album are in Oshiwambo and the rest are in English.

I choose Oshiwambo more because it's where I freely express myself, but not restricted to. I mix with English to communicate with my fans from different tribes but as long as I know that music speaks for itself irrespective on the language, the heartbeat remains the same (it's music that attracts everybody's attention)," he explains.

The first thing that came to his mind when composing songs on the album was to catch every listener's attention through Kapatashu, where he wanted to exceed his own targets. Satlam plans to shoot videos of songs from his album, since he also wants his music videos to start airing on Channel O as from next year.

Satlam is the only artist signed under the Ombanya Records, which pays for all his recording sessions and all related expenses. As of now there is only Satlam signed under Ombanya Records, and he is the CEO of the label.

"The difference between my previous album and Kapatashu is that in Kapatashu I put more effort. I spent much money on this album more than the other two albums. In addition, I collaborated with handful of artists that really added value to the album, and I just want to tell everybody who has not yet bought the album to go out there and grab a copy. Lastly, the music industry is getting tough, people are more demanding in quality and creativity and that's where my main focus was in creating this album," he says.

The album is available in all music shops and retailers around the country.

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