Namibia: The Rise of Teen Singing Sensation Jozi

One thing Gen-Z is known for is undeniably maximising their use of social media in ways that have proven to be lucrative, and local emerging musician Jozi is no exception.

Born Jozikee Haihambo, the Windhoek-based pop artist is delivering profound and uplifting lyrical content to her peers by way of her newly released song ‘Na na na na’.

In a brief chat with VIBEZ!, the 12-year-old singer talks about following in her father’s footsteps and being a proud product of the Olive Entertainment Academy that introduced her to the music scene.

“I started singing when I was really young. I think I was four years old. I liked singing around the house and all that, all thanks to my father, who inspired me to become a singer, just like him. He used to sing in the church choir,” explained Jozi.

‘Na na na na’ is the singer’s first single since joining the music industry this year. The track has a unique, up-tempo pop sound with a distinctive urban influence.

“The song is about a girl with bigger dreams, a girl who is just trying to find out what to do with her life, and she is also lucky to have supportive people around her.”

Jozi said her sound of music is also inspired by local renowned singers Chikune and Taylor Jaye, who happen to be her aunts.

Since registering with the Olive Entertainment Academy, Jozi has learned more about the mainstream music industry, and how to balance her life as a learner and musician.

“It is good to work with the academy because we respect each other’s perspectives, and we are very patient with each other. It is also interesting to learn other things besides the regular life,” said the outspoken Grade 7 learner.

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