New Era (Windhoek)

8 February 2013

Namibia: Tessa Keeps Gospel Strong

She goes by the name of Tessia Pana Scott, although commonly known as Tessa, her stage namesdoing what she normally does best.

The name Tessia is not a popular first name, thus one may comprehend why she is known as Tessa. In fact people refer to her as Tessa because according to her it's the shorter/easier name for them to use. Born and bred in the metropolitan town of Rehoboth, the mellow-voiced outspoken gospel artist is a vibrant young woman, who is destined for greater things. Tessa attended the Oanob Primary School and Rehoboth High respectively, with her singing career starting as early as her pre-primary school days.

Growing through the ranks of various youth choirs she only started recording in 2009. All these years' singing with different but equally talented chorale at various levels and platforms, presented her with a learning experience and opportunities. Looking at and considering where God has brought her from, she looks up to Him for inspiration. Tessa so far has released three albums, which has been well received by her fans. Hide me O Lord, Tatse ta /uru //oa (translating as "I can never forget") and King of Zion. Being a disciplined and committed artist, she usually plans for two shows annually making use of community halls as venues since they can accommodate more than a 1000 people.

Besides her jam packed shows always, Tessa also performs in Churches, at weddings and parties on invitation. What's more, lined up for this year on her rather busy schedule is to collaborate with other gospel artists. Although sensitive, the Rehoboth based singer is a humble, fun-loving yet observant individual who loves the Lord and everyone else. With regards to fulfilling ones faith, Tessa had this to say, "Serving God truly is a personal decision we all should make, as we all should work out our salvation with fear and trembling".

Concerning the Namibian gospel music industry, according to her there is growth. However, support from local people in order for artist to reach higher levels is needed. Tessa also has a few words of encouragement to share: "We all are blessed with a gift, and we should all make sure to make use of it wisely, keep believing in yourselves and do what you do best to the glory of God."

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