Windhoek - Despite losing out at this year’s Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), popular gospel singer and songwriter Rodney Seibeb said that will not deter him from his mission to spread the message of love through conscious music – gospel music.
The Katutura-born singer was up for the Best Reggae and Best Gospel Artist award at this year’s premier music awards held in April at Swakopmund.
Seibeb just released his latest single ‘!Nab /guiba !Khoa’,which is Khoekhoegowab language that literary means ‘Let only the light speak’.
“Through gospel music, my aim is to educate, inspire and motivate fellow Namibians to love each other and unite as a nation. With the current economic crisis, people are faced with huge challenges – including financial constraints. And I am telling them there is hope that things will be fine regardless of the many obstacles you are facing. This is the time that we need to be united, because if we are divided – we may lose,” Seibeb narrated in interview.
“I am just doing my part as an artist. Namibia is a rainbow nation, and it is those colours in our flag, that when they stand together, they look beautiful”.
Seibeb sings in Damara/Nama and English and though his music is characterised by various genres including Afro-pop, reggae – the central theme remains gospel.
In his latest single that will be part of his upcoming album, Seibeb sings that “only the light must speak, the devil has no power our lives. That Jesus advice that matter”.
‘!Nab /guiba !Khoa’ was produced by one of Namibia’s top music promoters and producers, Steven Alvin !Naruseb at Welwitschia Music Production.
His latest album will be out in September 2018. Seibeb also paid tribute to his manager !Naruseb for his guidance and support throughout his music career.
Seibeb said he has his mother to thank for his singing talent. “My mom has played a huge role in my music. She used to make me sing and sometimes would be hard on me for singing off key. She is a great singer, therefore, it is a genetic thing.”
As to why he chose gospel music, Seibeb said: “Jesus died for everyone. Therefore, I made it mission to educate and tell people about the power of God and that we should love each other.”
Despite losing out at the NAMAs, Seibeb has another chance to be recognised for his musical work. His single ‘Sadu !Nami’ (Your love) is nominated in the Best Single Category for the Ngoma Award 2018 slated for 29 September at Nampower Convention Centre in Windhoek.
‘Sadu !Nami’ is also the name of his first commercial album that was released in September 2017.
The awards are organised by the Namibia Gospel Music Association, a contemporary Christian corporation with a focus on reaching out through gospel music and Christian-based cooperate events as well as promoting other Christian-related products.