NAMIBIA-BASED Zimbabwean artiste Royal Bee (real name Brighton Chigwida) and his Zambia-based friend Conex Mukumba have released a single titled
It’s Your Love.
Report by Silence Charumbira
Released last month, the collaboration which was recorded in two different countries carries a Zambian beat that has become popular on the local scene.
According to Royal Bee, the song was influenced by various projects they have both worked on.
“I am a DJ and a producer as well. Some of my inspiration came from the different sounds that I have worked with in Windhoek,” said Royal Bee.
“I think it is all because every man develops according to the ideals of the environment he is in.”
He said working in Namibia had given him a new perception of music.
Royal Bee noted the need for local artistes to be conversant with trends on the market when they compose.
“We are a very talented nation, but we need to be imaginative, organised and focused,” he said.
“Most of the artistes we have here are world-class, but they are not organised so there is no way they can make it regionally.
“The other crucial issue is on language. In as much as we may be proud of our languages, they only appeal to very few people so there is need to work more towards English productions which appeal to more people.
“I have been in Namibia for the past six years and that is what drives their music. Today they win regional awards when we don’t.”
On the collaboration, Mukumba said it was just the beginning of bigger things to come.
“I love collaborations because I feel unity brings strength,” he said.
“The best productions always come when there is teamwork. For me that is what music is all about, interaction and collaboration.”
Mukumba last year released a song for Dynamos Football Club titled DeMbare and is also due to release his debut album Amai.
Royal Bee also took a swipe at urban groovers and labelled them cry-babies.
“It is not correct to cry foul every time when people are not playing their part,” said Royal Bee.
“For instance, there was an outcry over the National Arts Merit Awards when some questioned the outcome. There is really no justification for that when there is evidence that they are not doing well.”