Windhoek — Erastus Awino Hidishange aka Tsempo Dj Nkero is a singer and songwriter of Gospel, Shambo and Rap music who intends to promote his culture and Christian belief through his music.
Born on September 7, 1992, in the small village of Elombe, in the northern part of the country, he first release is a gospel hit single Iipatululo Itatu (3 keys) produced by his brother Kidd Ill of ILL Music and mastered by Ndeu of Ndexland Production.
He says IipatululoItatu is all about three things in life. Belief, Education and Tradition/Culture that act as three keys to people's mind and heart for them to be successful and leave a happy life with providence.
He urges everyone to respect and believe in these three keys to survive in this world full of obstacles.
Although the song has not yet been released for airing on local airwave stations, it has already earned him two awards. One is in the category of the 'The best gospel' at SamLee Technology Upcoming Artist Competition Awards (STUACA) that took place in Windhoek last November at the Katutura Community Hall.
The other award was in the category of 'Tomorrow's Hope Gospel Concert', which took place in Ongwediva earlier last August.
"That was my first apperance as an artist and winning those two awards was a very big blessing and step for me. I felt like flying and unbreakable receiving those awards. I m very happy with what I achieved so far in my first single and I am grateful," says he.
Tsempo DJ Nkero began his formal education at Elombe Combined School situated in Elombe village, Ondangwa East.
He started singing in school on sundays and performing with self made music instrumental at school events with his group called, Sharp Boys.
He is the youngest child of five siblings that's why he used to be called DJ Nkero, which means a lastborn. Later in 2009, he moved to the Onyaanya Constituency where he attended his secondary education at Uukule Secondary School. During his time in secondary school, he started doing music and composing songs with the kwaito sensation of Ama Daz Floor were he used to perform at school concerts. After graduating from high school, Erastus chose art to be his career.
He completed his carpet weaving and designing course at Dorkambo Co-operative, a well known karakul wool carpet and crafts products manufacture in Ondangwa under his role model, Samuel Sheyanena as Executive Director. However he is currently working on different crafts products as well as engaging in some technological activities such as embroidery services and printing.
Tsempo Dj Nkero is now a full time artist, organiser and promoter of shows in secondary school and events at other different places to entertain with his sense of humor to educate and advice people through Gospel and Shambo music.
He hosted a very successful show titled "Okwenye Special Show and Braai" at Onyaanya Royal Africa Bar were various of upcoming kwaito stars such as Spdoo(The host), Ama Daz Floor, Komesho, Mr Chilly, Soeklam and others delivered stunning performances. Namibian old man, traditional singer, Kuku Nkandanga also performed. The event was sponsored by the Ondangwa Town Council's, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Martin Elago.
Tsempo Dj Nkero is also a founder of Elombe-Shirt clothing line, named after their village and sponsored by Omushangala Investment CC.
The clothing line launched last December in Hidishange Family and Friends Lounge, one of the village classic entertainment place. The event was filled with a first class hive of entertainment.
There was also a dancing competition to give the village people a chance to show their talents.
DJ Nkero adds that people from the Elombe village will now start to wear T-shirts from their own village because it's good to know and respect where you come from. "The T-shirts are classic and cheap. Anyone can afford it.," he says.
"No one knows how far you can go. So never give up with whatever you are doing as well as your dreams. Pray to God, think smart, and work hard so that life will go forward and always be what you want it to be, but not what other people want to see" Tsempo Dj Nkero advises the youth.