Edited by Azizi Powell
This post features two songs by Namibian songstress Blossom (Ruusa Ndapewa Munalye) -"Komuthima Gwomeya" & "Indikupapatele". Information about Namibia is included in this post. Information & comments about Blossom and those songs are also included in this post.
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INFORMATION ABOUT NAMIBIA
"Namibia ..., officially the Republic of Namibia..., is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of riverbed (essentially the Zambia/Botswana border) separates them at their closest points. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations."...
Namibia has the second-lowest population density of any sovereign country, after Mongolia. The majority of the Namibian population is of Bantu-speaking origin – mostly of the Ovambo ethnicity, which forms about half of the population – residing mainly in the north of the country, although many are now resident in towns throughout Namibia. Other ethnic groups are the Herero and Himba people, who speak a similar language, and the Damara, who speak the same "click" language as the Nama...
The official language is English. Until 1990, German and Afrikaans were also official languages...
Some other languages have received semi-official recognition by being allowed as medium of instruction in primary schools.
Half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language, whereas the most widely understood and spoken language is Afrikaans. Among the younger generation, English is rapidly gaining hold. Both Afrikaans and English are used primarily as a second language reserved for public communication, but small first-language groups exist throughout the country."..
INFORMATION ABOUT BLOSSOM
From http://www.thevillager.com.na/articles/1755/Blossom-blossoms-back-to-stay/ Blossom blossoms back to stay by Monica Pinias, 03 Jun 2012 - 09 Jun 2012
"Ruusa Ndapewa Munalye a.k.a. Blossom, is a talented young woman whose passion for original African sounds has opened doors to a world stage.
Born and raised in Onelago Village in the North, we first saw her on the screens alongside Maj Beats in her song, Independence Day… Her soulful music is captivating to the hearts of her listeners through her creative story-telling and rich lyrical content, which she attributes to the richness and joys of her childhood experiences. She deeply values her roots and she portrays that in her lyrical content.
Humble and beautiful, she captivates her audiences into the realities of the world—focusing on things that inspire others and that are important to those she represents.
Listen closely to her lyrical content and you would realise the depth of her music; from hardships, to healing, to destiny. Her music calls for a new day; a new hope and a better world for all and of course, a little bit of or romance… She counts herself lucky as her entrepreneurship studies at the Polytechnic of Namibia won her favour from a visiting professor, Mauri Gronroos, who facilitated her invitation to represent Namibian young social entrepreneurs in Tampere, Finland; an experience that has since opened more doors for her in her music and entrepreneurship career"....
From http://sun.com.na/content/news/blossom-smooth-operator Blossom the smooth operator
Submitted by Sun Reporter2 on Thu, 2012-11-29 20:25 ; ALBUM REVIEW With NOMHLE K
"Some six months ago Blossom was an unknown artist, but when her fi rst single, , hit the airwaves and small screens it changed overnight. The song met with a high level of buzz and admiration. For me it was not as much about her song, but her strong, warm voice and casually laid-back music style.
Her 12-tracked album is peerless and timeless, which anyone can relate and listen to for a very long time. Je Taime and the title track Komuthima Gwomeya, on which she features the strong and complementary voices of Samuel B. Botala (singing in French and Lingala) and Jurgen Brand (who sings in Afrikaans), are her most compelling songs.
The lyrics of the title track is about going to the water well to be healed….
Komuthima Gwomeya is about social evil, but also about praising and celebrating life. With her deep, warm and raspy voice she is a fusion between Angelique Kidjo, Sade and Tracey Chapman. She is on the right track that will surely lead her to the NAMA’s next year. The sky is the limit for Blossom. Well done girl!"
From http://www.southerntimesafrica.com/news_article.php?id=8262&title=A%20Winning%20Team&type=93#.U7wXoo1OVv4 The Southern Times: The Newspaper for Southern Africa
By Lahja Nashuuta Published: 2013 04 29
"Windhoek - Singing sensation Blossom swept the boards at the Namibia Music Awards (NAMAs) in Windhoek on April 20, walking away with four awards which include the coveted Best Female Artist of the Year gong.
While organisational and technical aspects of the ceremony were not as good as in the previous two years, it remained a night to remember for Blossom, who swept the board with her album, “Komuthima-Gwomeya”.
Blossom – who is managed by Dr Ben Mulongeni, who has groomed a host of talented Namibian musicians - emerged on the local scene with a bang at The Warehouse Theatre some two years ago, strumming soothing acoustic rhythms with the finesse of a veteran.
Her sound is quite reminiscent of greats like Salif Keita and Tracy Chapman, but retains a distinctive original feel"...
Example #1: Blossom - Komuthima Gwomeya (Namtunes Music Video)
NamTunes Published on May 19, 2012
Namibian Music Blossom - Komuthima Gwomeya (Namtunes Music Video) Blossom is a soulful singer from Namibia
Here are two comments from that video’s discussion thread
Mercia Nicole Nependa, 2012
"Ruusa may God bless you abundantly. awesome song. our nation is truely thirsty for the living water of Jesus. Awesome picture quality, innovation fresh beat and simply inspiring. Love you lots."
Vaino Hangula, 2013
"Beautiful song...."Lets all go to the fountain of water""
Rxample #2: Blossom - Indikupapatele (Official Music Video)
Namibian Music Awards Published on Jan 17, 2014
Here are two commrnts ftom that video's discussion thread:
Timo Liebetha, 2013
"Great song, could someone please tell me what Indikupapatele means?"
Stacey Friedah, 2014
"means lemme hold you."
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