Lioness representing Namibian Hip Hop
Highflying Namibian star Lioness is a fierce rapper who is currently propelling Namibian Hip Hop to newer heights across Africa. Riding high at the moment with her new album “Pride of CilQ” that was released in December 2018, she is set to feature on a special episode of Coke Studio Africa 2019 - becoming the first Namibian Hip Hop act to feature on the Pan African music collaborative show.
Coke Studio Africa Experience
Lioness will be making her debut alongside celebrated Kenyan femcee and her long time icon Nazizi, as well as South African rapper Boity - with their collaborations produced by exceptional Kenyan singer/producer, Viola Karuri. The trio is set to deliver an exhilarating performance with their musical fusion expected to blend contemporary urban sounds with a touch of female power. Speaking on her debut on the show, she says: ‘’It was a big surprise and relief when I got the call. Joining Coke Studio Africa is a life changing experience. It really never crossed my mind that I would make it here, especially coming from a much smaller country like Namibia. I’m super grateful to be part of this establishment.”
“It’s a first for Namibian Hip Hop. I’m honoured to represent my country at such a mega stage because I have a lot to prove to the rest of Africa and the world that we have so much talent back home’’.
Lioness, famed for adding a refreshing new sound to the Namibian music scene, often embraces her heritage as she infuses modern Hip hop elements with a twist of old school rap influences. It has been the noticeable foundation to the numerous hit singles she has released over the years; notably ‘’Dreams’’, ‘’Sauce’’ and ‘’Bad’’ featuring Slickartie. She boasts of an ever-growing discography with three projects already under her belt within a short period of time. These are her 2015 debut project “ILL3”, the 2016 sequel “ILL4” and the recently released “Pride of CilQ” album. Offering advice to aspiring and upcoming rappers across the continent she notes: ‘’Its not easy being a female rapper even back at home, but with the amazing content we’re are making they slowly but surely started accepting us. You have to be very consistent because you never know when the doors will open for you. That’s one of the toughest lessons that I’ve had to learn over time. Just take it slow, keep it easy and be yourself at all times’’.
Femcees mash up
Lioness has experienced her fair share of trying times during her audacious quest to achieve her musical aspirations, and she continues to create, release and independently distribute her music. She is following in the footsteps of Afro pop singer and compatriot Freeda, who debuted on the 2017 edition. Speaking on her collaborations in the new season, she says: “When you have rappers in the same room, you always expect a very competitive atmosphere but we all treated it as a collaboration first and foremost. They were sweethearts and absolutely professional… I picked up different styles and creative processes from them.”