Izzy’s industry insight

12 May 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Walvis Bay • Adolf Kaure

Local musician Ishaaq Martin – better known as Izzy – has hope in how the Namibian music industry is progressing.

Speaking to this newspaper in a recent interview, the Walvis Bay born and bred musician said that the Namibian music industry as one that has room for growth. “We have a strong industry with great potential that I often see mismanaged or not receiving enough support from the public and government. This includes things like censorship and oppression of upcoming or controversial artists.

“We need to expand our collective consciousness into more variety of entertainment. As a tourism based country, I fail to see how we can avoid it. So we should take charge of it,” Martin said.

The musician graduated Walvis Bay High School in 2009 and although he has been doing sales and procurement for a local company, his passion has always been and will always be content creation.

Martin is a lyricist, singer-songwriter and visual artist who plays the guitar, piano, xylophone, drums, synthesiser as well as percussion, and says that he would like to learn to play more instruments.

“My career thus far has been something I wouldn't trade for the world. I was in and out of bands and projects, dramas and complications, with the rock and bass that is Tyron Roetz. I eventually I met Lorenzo Beukes also known as Nomad through a mutual Walvis Bay muso known as Mark Westcoastfinest.

“We worked together and Wakambi was born. Originally it was meant as a two-man, bilingual hip hop and indie rock duo but we added Tyron as we went on and with a roster of drummers both official and session, ranging from Token Udeni (ANF), Wayne Wentzel (Wolfhunt), Tara Jay (The Merakies) and more,” he said.

Wakambi, the band that Izzy plays for, is currently working on some new material to be recorded this year for release near the end of 2019 or early 2020.

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