Windhoek – Barely a year in the music industry, Namibia’s vibrant songstress, TopCheri, already released her debut album.
She has also already shared the stage with international artistes such as Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest, to mention a few.
The 28-year-old Afro-pop and dancehall singer’s talents are not limited to music. TopCheri, whose real name is Monica Pineas, has also written two books – ‘Women in Relationships’ and ‘Love, Sex and Flying Tickets’. While she is set to release a movie she scripted August this year. She will also be part of the cast, as a character and a director.
Last month, Pineas officially launched her debut album ‘Fertile’, which is a mix of dancehall and Afro-pop.
But who is TopCheri outside her musical career?
Many would get the answer to this question wrong because of the character that TopCheri portrays on stage. On stage, the 28-year-old portrays the character of a wild and outgoing person or some may describe her as a ‘party monger’, when she is in actual fact the complete opposite.
In an interview last week, TopCheri told The Southern Times that she spends her spare time relaxing on her couch and chatting with friends.
“I rarely go out. If I am not having a show, in the studio recording or working on something in line with my career, believe me, you will find me on my couch planning on the future with my friends or on my phone. But I will be at home. To be honest, I cannot be around a lot of people off stage, I just get anxious. So, if I go out, it’s maybe for a friend who is having a celebration or something,” said TopCheri.
She is currently not seeing anyone and describes her relationship status ‘as single as a desert’.
While many have been eager to establish whether she is into boys or girls, the Namibian talent could not reveal her dating preferences. Instead, she laughed and described herself as a spontaneous person who does whatever she feels like doing at any given time.
“I am human and I just do whatever I want to do. Whether I am dating a girl or not dating a girl, I just do whatever I want as long as it makes me feel happy,” she said.
Unlike many girls of her age, TopCheri has a different opinion about marriage. She does not view marriage as an achievement, despite believing that it is “a beautiful thing”, while saying she will take her time before potentially tying the knot.
Being single does not bother TopCheri, even when many women her age are getting married and having children.
“I am single and I am not really looking forward to being with someone right now because dating is a process it needs a lot of time, commitment and if I date now, the person will just get hurt in the process. So, I would rather be just single,” she stated.
While the entertainment industry seems to be male-dominated, there is a belief that women are exploited, abused and blocked from rising to the surface.
According to TopCheri, women should always stand their ground and never make themselves vulnerable or get compromised in order to gain favours from men. Although she has never encountered such difficulties, TopCheri said the principle of standing one’s ground as a woman applies not only in the music industry but also across all the other industries.
TopCheri titled her debut album ‘Fertile’ after a reflection of the first fruits in her musical career. The album title means the ability to produce.
It has 14 songs namely: ‘Star’, ‘Johny’, ‘Hangover’ featuring Athawise and King Elegent, ‘Victori’, ‘Goodman’, ‘I do’, ‘Kandeshi’, ‘Delela’ featuring Tate Buti, ‘Danisa’, ‘Slow Down’ featuring Adora, ‘Change It’ featuring Ethnix, ‘Ama Baainaar’, ‘You Don’t Know’ featuring Exit and Tuko and ‘Running’, which features Princelou.