The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Just My Opinion What's Your Beef?

opinion

Late last year I wrote an article about the year that was with regards to the entertainment industry.

One thing I mentioned was that the ladies in the industry, like Linda, Blossom, Lady May, TeQuila, Shishani, Sally and many others took large strides in 2012 to finally adding some much needed girl power to our very male dominated music industry. I ended that article by saying 2013 will definitely be the year for Namibian female artists.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I opened a newspaper last week only to read a story about how two female singers were having some sort of beef. As the story goes, the ladies who were even signed to the same label were not on speaking terms for some or other reason.

Ladies can we leave the beefing to the guys, actually I take that back, can we leave the beefing out of the industry altogether. We all know, and I for one have said this countless times, the Namibian music industry is just too small for petty misunder- standings and disagreements.

I am certainly not saying female artists should be BFFs but there should be some sort of mutual respect. There should also be that understanding that female artists have it harder then their male coun- terparts, and so they have to have eachother's backs.

I believe female artists, not only in Namibia but the world over, have to work extra hard to be a success in a man's world. So if they are busy beefing each other then they not only bring themselves down but they are making it harder for other female artists to reach greater heights. But I will not stop at the ladies, because beef has for years crept into the music industry, it was even made 'famous' by international stars such as Notorious BIG and Tupac and more recently with Chris Brown and Drake, or was that Frank Ocean. even female artists like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are at each other throats on every episode of 'American Idol'.

Closer to home we even had our two Kings of Kwaito having their differences. So yes beef has been around, but most can admit that it's annoying and we need to not let it affect our industry any more.

The Namibian industry has been divided for so long. When artists do not get along, this attitude then affects the fans. It might be good for competition but it certainly is not good for bettering the industry as a whole. The amount of talent, hard work and dedication our female artists have is to be admired, so ladies let's put our differences aside, move forward and make the industry one in which female artists are supported, not only by their fans but also by other female artists.

Let 2013 be the the year for the Namibian female artist!

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