Goddess’s Reception for Kakazona

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By Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro WINDHOEK Hosea Kutako International Airport literally came under siege on Saturday morning as hundreds of the Oviritje music genre lovers descended on the airport to receive one of the genre’s pioneers and arguably the best female vocalist of the genre to date. Kakazona Kavari arrived on an Air Namibia flight from Gatwick Airport that touched down around ten o’clock. The arrival an hour before her from Johannesburg of artists from South Africa like Judith Sephuma and Louis Mhlanga was nothing compared to the goddess’s welcome Kakazona received. In fact, few if any at all of the fans who turned up at the airport recognised Mhlanga, Sephuma and company emerging, revealing the world of difference between the two genres’ music as well as their followers. Their emergence from the baggage collection section enlisted little reaction from the fans save for a few “welcome to Namibia” shouts that seemed to be accorded most of those arriving. On the contrary, Kakazona’s emergence was delayed by about an hour with the airport officials and members of the committee responsible for welcoming her into Namibia scurrying around to stave off the excited fans. The committee and airport officials tried to whisk out the star through the VIP section of the airport but to no avail with the fans thronging the exit and everyone trying not only to have a glimpse of her but also to touch her. It was really a push and pull affair to safely whisk her away to the car with some not even getting a glimpse of her. The situation was near boiling point with the fans not happy with the committee’s patronisation of their star. The entourage stopped at Kapps Farm Hotel where the Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Kuaima Riruako, received the star before proceeding to Windhoek where the star-studded concert of Oviritje genre artists followed in the evening at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. Among her all time favourites are songs like Ondorongo (Prison 2000), her real first break into recording, Sebulon and lately Tsunami (2005). Her songs are social commentaries on various aspects like social defiance as is the case with Sebulon wherein she pleads to her boyfriend to change his wayward ways. Other artists have also come up with their own versions of some of her songs like the new kid on the block, Katja, whose first CD release, 1000/kmh, contains the Rukwangali song, Sirongo Samanguruka. Kakazona is on a visit in the country for more than a month during which she will give various performances for her fans starting this weekend in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.