The 'long wait' is finally over

05 May 2019 | People

Swakopmund • Adolf Kaure



The pioneer of Afrikaans rap in Namibia, Lownan Nangombe better known as Wambüseun, recently released his latest single titled “Lang Wag” (Long Wait).

“After I left the industry, there was a void that needed to be filled. Artists had an opportunity to claim their stake. It was awesome seeing that there are many Afrikaans rappers out there. I watched and observed closely. Most of these rappers decided and claimed to be better than me and there is nothing wrong with that. Some even took to social media and boasted about being the best Afrikaans rappers. I released my new single to address that issue. In short, you have to do something big to divert attention.”

His latest track was produced by Glo Solani.

In the meantime, Wambüseun is also working on an album. “The album is called Niks is Meer die selfde because a lot has changed since we started with rap music. It basically takes people on a musical journey through different genres, from afropop to rap and rock. The sound is so diverse and shows that Afrikaans sounds better in any style of music.”

The rapper was born in Windhoek and partly raised in Oshivelo. He finished his high school at the coast.

"As an artist I have evolved to creating more than just music. I am a rapper but was never really classified as one since I rap in Afrikaans." Some of the biggest achievements of Wambüseun include selling more units than any other rapper in the country on a single album. He also toured the world as an Afrikaans rapper to non-Afrikaans speaking countries. “After 12 years, I got recognition from the ATKV for my contribution to Afrikaans culture as a rapper. Nothing, however, compares to being regarded as the pioneer of Afrikaans rap in Namibia. Who would have thought a Owambu could do so?”

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