Namibia: Unwrap – Oteya Celebrates 20 Years in the Industry

Jeoffrey Mukubi

Undoubtedly one of the lifebloods of the music industry, Oteya has decided to still be a reckoning force in the game. Celebrating 20 years of being a musician is no small feat, especially when the cards are stacked against you, but she has stayed true to herself while entertaining the nation and beyond.

Speaking to recently, Oteya says that she cannot believe that time has passed by so quickly. “The first thought is, how time flew by so quickly. I still remember the day I first joined my first group ‘Dungeon Family’. The memory is so vividly clear to me as if it only happened yesterday,” she said.

Oteya gave her two cents about the industry saying that distribution networks have drastically improved.

“The marketing of oneself through social media has made it easier to reach a wider audience as compared to a few years back where one was dependent on radio stations, newspapers and TV alone, the bad part of our industry is we are not prepared for the digital era, so whilst the rest of the world is making money through digital platforms, our industry is still struggling to make money from it,” she said.

Asked about her most memorable moment through her 20-year tenure as a musician, Oteya says that there are too many songs to mention, which include six albums and too many videos. “My best memories are so many, but if I can name a few then it will have to be when Gal Level performed at a packed stadium in Burkina Faso. As Oteya, sharing the same stage with my childhood favourite RnB group Boyz to Men,” she added.

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