EENHANA- Young Bird who released his single, KM Hands UP, early this year claims not to have found a place on the Namibian Broadcasting Service (NBC)’s Silozi’s Language Service airwaves.
The young talented artist claims that he last listened and heard his song being played only in February after the CD launch.
He accuses some Silozi radio presenters of downplaying his music, which has proven popular among listeners in the region. “My single is a hit with many fans here because I always listen to them requesting this song on Wednesday’s programme. They have introduced a programme meant for local artists but they play the same songs every time. It seems there is some kind of nepotism and corruption taking place on whose music is supposed to be played. It is not only upcoming artists who seem to have been having this problem with radio stations.
Other artists, especially young and upcoming, have been interviewed but their music has found its way to the dustbin as well,” he says
The Young Bird of Katima Mulilo is therefore appealing to the Namibia Society of Composers and Musicians(Nascam) to come to his rescue as his message seems to have fallen on deaf ears. “I have tried to be myself when I composed my song and not to imitate anyone because I believe there has to be some kind of diversity in the music industry,” he bemoans
He says the Silozi radio station is killing talent and culture. Ever since having an interview with the radio station after the launch of his single, he has never heard his song being played again despite numerous calls and requests from his fans across the country, especially from Caprivi region. “We only listen to Zambia, Zimbabwean and sometimes the only CD from Botswana’s Slizer. Are we in Zimbabwe or Zambia and why not our culture and music first,” he asks
Young Bird urges the radio station to play a fair game as they are not going to studio to record this music for nothing. “We know that some of the CDs currently being played were recorded in bedrooms and backyard studios at the Katima Mulilo’s open market. I remember one other upcoming artist, Slammer, who also complained about this but it seems all is falling on deaf ears. Please, Nascam should investigate this issue. They are sharing royalties among friends in the music industry leaving us upcoming artists to flounder in misery. Why are they playing a group of artists over and over? Does it mean that our music has no message to our fans or what?” he asks.
NBC’s Silozi presenter popularly known as Semmy Simataa Guchani, says he is not aware of such complaints. “Why can’t you talk to the Station Manager but it seems you are targeting my programmes only. Get the name of the programme and let these artists come to me. I’m not selective when it comes to playing music on air. Rather get the correct information from our Station Manager,” he fumes
Efforts to get comment from the NBC Silozi Radio Station Manager,Muhau Mutonga, proved fruitless as her landline number went unanswered at the time of going to press.