The Namibian (Windhoek)

31 January 2013

Namibia: Gazza Drops 'Blood, Sweat and Tears'

Namibian Kwaito artist Gazza has ditched the shiny suits and formal shoes and gone back to basics with his eighth studio album, 'Blood, Sweat and Tears'.

Speaking at the media launch of the album held on Tuesday evening, the self proclaimed King of Kwaito told the press that the album name came about as a result of the struggle he experienced while working on the album. "Looking at the ups and downs that I have gone through in my music career, the name fits perfectly."

Gazza said with this album he is taking his fans back in time, but at the same time the 20 track double album keeps up with the times. "The album has a different vibe, it has an old school sound to it but also embraces the new high tempo House/Kwaito trend happening in music today."

The album also features traditional Kwaito, Hip Hop and, as with his previous seven albums, 'Blood Sweat and Tears' carries a signature Gazza Dancehall track.

The award winning artist whose real name is Lazarus Shiimi said 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' represents freedom as he was once again able to fully explore his personal feelings. "As artists we forget where we come form, we come from the struggle, with this album I did not shy away from my struggle but I wrote about it."

On the album Gazza has collaborated with the likes of Exit, Mekox, Blacksheep and 'Boss Madam' songstress Sally.

At the event, Gazza also had the opportunity to address retirement rumours that have been whispered about within the music industry. "I am not retiring, what I will do is grow with the music, I have a lot of faith in my fans to keep supporting and liking my music, my challenge as an artist is to study the music to still stay relevant as well as finding the balance between my old fans and the new fans."

The public launch of 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' will take place on Friday, February 1, at Chez Ntemba VIP. Regular tickets are going for N$50 while VIP tickets are N$300. The launch show will start at 18h00.

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