Entertainers find ways to help fight COVID-19

By Rosalia David

THE Namibian entertainment industry is nothing if not resilient. This week Confidente takes a look at some of the ways artists are rising to the occasion as COVID-19 takes root in the country.

With the country on lockdown for 21 days, the future for many is uncertain, especially for those that work in the entertainment industry, but for many the downturn has been catastrophic, owing mainly to the fact that most artists survive on a month to month income.

Despite shows being cancelled or postponed, many have found new ways to remain relevant in the music industry or rather contribute to the fight against the frightening pandemic.

King Tee Dee alongside Desmond Shipanga donated masks and refreshments to the Namibian Police recently to show their commitment to fighting the pandemic in the country.

Meanwhile, award winning musician Top Cheri amongst many other artists, such as Tswazi’s, Ethnix, Ona and many others, released a song titled ‘Top Cheri corona theme song’ to educate Namibians on how to protect themselves and contain the virus.

Other musicians, such as Michael Pulse, Xuro Milton AKA, OC Ebs and Leonard Witbeen also took it upon themselves to donate a few items to the elderly recently. They collected money to purchase food items and delivered these to Katutura Old Age Home.

Another strategy titled ‘Take charge Namibia’ was created by personalities and entrepreneurs, such as Rousa Shikoha, Ndeshimana Nghimwena, Hilary Malongi, Mepani Mbaindjikua, Petro Mavungu and Maya Neto. Take Charge Nam is a non-profit campaign that aims to educate the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kufindi Investments, Allan HS Media, Imagination Studio and Maya Neto Films, four individual companies saw the need to come together to form the Take Charge Nam campaign to spread awareness on the prevention and control of COVID-19 and to teach people how to stay safe in various local languages using print, broadcast and digital platforms.

Owner of Gweri Socks Pinehas Shikulo, better known as Zulu Boy, donated water bottles to the informal settlements in Windhoek so that no one feels left out when it comes to access of water during the lockdown period.

While many are finding ways to keep themselves afloat and fulfil their social responsibilities, others are releasing new music to keep their fans entertained at the comfort of their homes. We at Confidente salute our artists for their heartfelt efforts to help protect the nation through this critical period.