New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Gazza's Blood, Sweat and Tears Launched

Windhoek — Kwaito artist, Gazza, real name Lazarus Shiimi of the Gazza Music Production (GMP) dropped a new album, entitled Blood, Sweat and Tears.

This project comes barely months after the star publicly announced his departure to abroad where he is currently tussling with international record labels for the promotion of his latest album, his eighth. Gazza officially launched his double CD album last Friday at Chez-Ntemba V.I.P Lounge with the back up Namibian artists such as Blacksheep, Lil D, Exit, Mekox and DJ Flava respectively. The new installment contains a taste of almost all the sounds that are currently making people move their legs, including Electro, Urban house and Kwaito beats.

Considering where he started, it has indeed been a long journey for the artist who became famously for his gruff voice when he was part of the Kwaito outfit, RC-Ghetto Records. Claiming his spot as a soloist, the artist went on to release the album Tanauka - a crossover that changed his life for the better. Since then, Gazza has never looked back, releasing a string of hits that continue to push his name higher.

Even though a number of his previous albums did thrive well in the market, the talented artist did not move back but forward. Aiming for the best, Blood, Sweat and Tears does not come close to some of the greatest hits that Gazza has released, but there is still something here. While the artist delivers some great vocal takes, the only worry is in the beats department - those in the panel-beating department didn't put together sounds that fully compliment what Gazza is bringing to the table.

The opening song, Veera, is an attempt by the producer to give Gazza some electro sound. I am not so sure that this something that will work for him based on the kind of style he has become known for but at some point, I am sure this song might end up somewhere in the sky since it talks more about December activities and life in general. One of the more promising songs on the album is No Money. This up-tempo tune carries some nice piano parts. Other songs that are listenable include Only You featuring Sally. One of the proper songs specifically for your listening pleasure is the down-tempo House Kwateni Omnona.

While Gazza has done his best to show some versatility on this album, the marriage of the lyrics and beats does not seem to jell well. It is almost as if there is no link between those in the beats department, and the artist himself. One thing is for sure, Gazza has the voice and the killer branding but the only thing he is not finding someone who can give him the perfect voice tempo.

Having listened to the whole album, it is clear that at some point Gazza will have to choose the producers he works with carefully. To match the standard he set during his heydays, the artist will have to go back to the basics and join forces with those who understand his style of music better.

However, the 20-track album has already sold 1000 CDs in its first week of distribution. Gazza's favourite track on the album is Perfect Woman, a tribute to the ladies and was written with verses from Songs.

The album was inspired by the loss of his fellow artists, Eclipse and Roger. He worked with nine artists on this album including the likes of Exit, Sally, Lil-D, Black Sheep, Selema and Makox as well as producers Kboss, RUK, and Madbeatz.

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