New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Short Khilla Dedicates Album to Late Mukupi

Katima Mulilo — The stocky young musician who has been of late mesmerising Katima Mulilo revelers with his two debut songs, Kabelo ki Mutende and Choose is back again with a bang.

This time he is launching his first album at the Ngweze Community Hall tonight. The album titled Short Khilla - General Councilor Mukupi is dedicated to the late Swapo Party of Namibia Councilor for the Sibinda Constituency, Felix Mukupi, who died in a tragic car accident in June.

Tonight, Short Khilla will be sharing the stage with other notable and well known musicians in the Caprivi Region such as Zonke, Ben Mwanamwali and DJ Piece.

Known for his electric dances on the stage, Short Khilla, born Booysen Kabunga, promises to outsmart the Zambian artists tonight. The album is already rocking on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)'s Silozi Language Service radio station , Fresh FM, Omulunga Radio, Base FM, NBC's Rukwangali Language Service radio station and Radio Energy in Windhoek. "Thanks to my manager, Mr Same Time Musiyalike who has marketed my album since it is now enjoying maximum radio airplay, especially in Kavango and Caprivi regions."

Since he has embarked on the music career, Short Khilla has performed in Rundu, Ongwediva, Windhoek and Walvis Bay, His first two songs, Kabelo ki Mutende literally meaning "a long struggle" and,Choose, released in 2009, have been well received in Katima Mulilo's social circles.

Short Khilla's music interest started way back in Grade 5 at the age of twelve years. He was inspired by the Namibian's kwaito legend, "Shukusha" Gazza and The Dogg.

"I would like to take this music business seriously and I will remain focused and determined since I have a manager now. Of course, we have some obstacles in this profession but my advice to other fellow musicians is that we should be determined and I have no doubt that the sky is the limit".

The latest album consists of songs such as Osa lila literally meaning "Don't Cry", Bana Kachana, Batata Bangu, Bupilo Bwatolongo featuring a Zambian artist, Ras, Shindahuli, General Councillor Mukupi, and other danceable tracks.

Some of the songs on the album were recorded in Windhoek at Supreme Records while others were recorded in Katima Mulilo and Zambia. For booking and shows, Short Khilla and his manager,Musiyalike, can be contacted on the following numbers respectively, +264 81 248 3919 and +264 81 666 6006.

Entrance fee to tonight's album launch show is N $ 30 before midnight and N $ 40 after might night and security will be tight.

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