Ghetto dreams are gold
Inspiration for the slums
03 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment
Swakopmund-based hip-hop artist Paulus Kavindji (23), better known as Yung Kavin, has just released his second studio album, Ghetto Hero.
Talking to this publication, Kavindji explained why he decided on this title. “I have been doing this music thing since 2014. My music started from the ghetto where it also grew with me. In 2016, I found myself being more of a motivational rapper but as the years passed, the music industry changed and I couldn’t just be a motivational rapper anymore. I had to do what’s trending to keep my fan base. So, I started doing house music, afro pop, dance hall and other genres.”
He says the title came about because he wants to rescue those with dreams and those who are confused about what to do. “Anything is possible! All you have to do is believe that you are the hero of your own music,” he said.
The album consists of 17 tracks and two bonus tracks – “Otweya” the song that made his dreams come true as it elevated his musical acclaim, and “Proud Namibian”, his first house song and that features childhood friend DJ Mafele Fele.
Other tracks on Ghetto Hero include “My Plans”, “Omaghodi” featuring Mamikie, “My heart” featuring Jeiyhson Trixxy, “Rugambo” featuring Smartboy the Trapper and Motion. Other collaborators include DJ Zuma, Eerike YPG Mfuduzi, Sky King, Allyzoh the Mini King, Cles and Sapaty.
Although Ghetto Hero was launched in Usakos in April, Yung Kavin is planning an album tour next year as well as the second part of the album launch. “I had to do a deluxe version. I removed some songs and add other tracks with a better quality,” he said.
The production of Ghetto Hero was mainly done by Keleleni Shavaveni, who is the owner and founder of Ongushu Music Production. Smartboy the Trapper from African Records, did the final mixing and mastering of the project.
Yung Kavin’s first album, Proud Namibian, was released in 2017. He says what makes Ghetto Hero different from his debut album is that he has grown as a musician. “I put more work and effort into the new album. I had sleepless nights working on it. If you listen to my old music and my current music, there's a huge difference. I feel that I have matured as a musician.
“It was really tough back then, not having a job and no event bookings. Then one day I started receiving more calls from events people and bar owners booking me every month. That made my musical life better and I started earning an income from shows and events. It is better than being at home and not having a job,” Kavindji said.
“I want to thank everyone that believed in me and kept following my music. I love you guys and God bless you all.”
Copies of the album will be available next year.