Gifted Kwaito singer seeks sponsorship
• BY MARX ITAMALO
GOOD Samaritans and music lovers are being called upon to assist a young and gifted Eenhana-based Kwaito artist to take his music career to greater heights. Paulus ‘Hipposound’ Shihepo (23) wants sponsors to come on board so that he can market and promote his debut album properly. Thereafter he will then start working on his second piece.
“I started doing music in 2019, and last year in May I started recording my first album containing 11 songs. The album was done in September the same year and I managed only to do 50 copies due to financial constraints,” he told Confidente at his hometown of Eenhana last weekend.
The youthful promising muso, who is improving his matric grades with a local institution, told this publication that he financed his recording and producing work with money he obtained as a result of doing odd jobs.
“I could not get a sponsor and I decided I just had to zula in order to record and produce the album although with a few copies,” he said. The album was produced by Pro-humble Kayon Records based at Ongwediva and owned by well-known northern based producer Kayon, who also featured on four songs on the album. Shihepo commended the producer and singer for producing quality music at affordable rates. He thus needs sponsors to assist him with the marketing production of more copies.
“You cannot easily succeed in music if you don’t have a sponsor. It is very hard, that is the reason I only did 50 copies,” he said further noting he had sold most of the copies to his fans, family and friends.
“If I can get a sponsor, I will be able to produce more copies, which will be sold and start working on the next album probably mid next year,” he articulated.
The young musician, who aspires to study criminal justice and pursue a career as a private investigator said his music is also available online.
He speaks fondly of the message in his album titled ‘Life is a journey’.
“The album is suitable for both the young and old. The message is clear: Life is a journey and anything can happen anytime. So if one finds themselves in a difficult situation, don’t despair, after every storm, a rainbow eventually appears.”
Growing up listening to music, he was inspired by Kwaito heavyweights such as Exit, Bantu, Young-T and D-Kandjafa.
“For now I intend doing it solo until I find a partner who I can start singing with,” Shihepo concluded.