30 January 2013

Namibia: Popya With Maszanga

Windhoek — A trio that started in Otjiwarongo and stole the hearts of the small town is now being introduced to the rest of the country. They are Hasho,Key and Predo who are together known as Maszanga.

In his early days Marco Garrincha Kazondana aka Hasho was exposed to pop music by his cousin Olivia and started listening to the likes of Backstreet Boys. He went on to meet Key in primary school and the two boys would become close. They started singing together for fun and at school shows. Then they went by such names as lover boys and short boys. Hasho became a big Mshasho fan and people would call him Mshasho as he would make sure to be sporting the latest gear. For a while it was fun but when Key and Hasho met up with Cox to start singing again after a dormant spell in Grade 10. Mshasho then changed his name to Hasho by simple removing the M and the s of Mshahso. The name stuck and today Hasho resides in the coast where he is a law enforcer and doing music on the side.

Bronson Reja Tjihukununa aka Key, started signing by the age of five. He met Hasho in primary school, and although at first the two did not get along, they became good friends and started a group together. After good success at talent school shows, Key and Hasho took a brake from music when they graduated from primary school as they attended different secondary schools. Hasho stopped all together but the love of music was too much for Key and he went solo until 2005. Today Key has just resigned from his job due to his new demanding music career, but is also concentrating on his Degree in Accounting, for which he is studying via part time through the University of Cambridge in South Africa.

In 2006 Hasho and Key were reunited and started off again. They went by the name Maszanga Prodasos with a new group member, Cox. They would start writing and recording music on instrumentals and perform at school, talent shows and music events. At the time they would use Fabian, aka Been, as a backing vocalist or dancer at the shows. Things got serious and they started charging for shows. Still the small town just loved them. Under the guises of their teachers the boys went on to record and get beats from Arafat. Instantly they were turning into the town's celebrities. Steadily they went on to adopt a Afro Pop and Kwaito fusion. Things were good and money was being made.

Enters Armando Valentino Viringa, aka Pedro, a close friend of Hasho, who approached him one day to join the group. Hasho invited him for rehearsals the next day. To Hasho's surprise Pedro showed up and blew them, that himself, Key, and Cox away with his rapping and lyrical ability. Today Pedro and Key stays in Windhoek, and Pedro is a qualified II technician but concentrating on the group for now.

As time pass by success became too much for members of the group. The Manager disapeared and Cox could no longer continue as he had school obligations and his parents would not allow. After Grade 12 the group decided to take a gap year and to concentrate on their music. Maszanga would go on to sign under 777 Studio, Arafat's music label. Arafat's hard work and faith in the group eventually paid off and today Maszanga has their first album titled, Tjaaaiii.

Pedro, the lead singer of the group, is described as a killer on the beat. Key the youngest in the group is the leader and does most administration work for the group but doubles up as a singer and rapper for the group. Hasho is the eldest and is the big brother in the group and says he is the odd one out but musically brings a smooth Otjiherero flavour.

Moving out of Otjivarongo to follow their new paths in life, Maszanga went dormant in 2009 for a year, and in December 2010, the guys got back together in Arafat's studio and started recording. Their aim was to come out with a unique message that would shock the industry out of the presumed given. After a year of recording with Arafat, the boys needed to release a single to introduce Maszanga to the industry and they dropped Nale at radio stations mid 2011, and it was a hit. They went on to shoot a music video with Inangolo to further laminate their arrival in the industry.

Recording the rest of the album would proof a challenge as Hasho was in the Swakopmund, Key in Walvis Bay but later in Windhoek and Pedro in Windhoek. But their love for music, determination and professionalism spurred them on to recording more songs. Tjaaaiii their first offering to the music industry is hard to put down once you have picked it up. The group is a breeze of fresh air to the music industry, and although they are three individuals, as much their style is unique. Having been two years in the making, it is any wonder it is a masterpiece. The trio have also managed a remix of Nale featuring various Namibian artists, on and the second time around it has been making waves on local radio stations.

Chaka is Key's favourite song on the album, which is track 13 featuring Swart Baster. Hasho loves the whole album and cannot pick one but feels that track 4, Epulo has a relavant message to the society. Pedro loves track 9, Ondjesa mbuae, which he feels he has given his all, lyrically. The trio is today managed by Rhama today, and is still under 777 Studio label. The Tjaaaiii album has been launched with local radio stations, and with music videos to follow, Maszanga has simple landed!!!!!!!

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