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Omalaeti O'Swapo

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Released  July 2004
Omalaeti O'Swapo (2004)  Take Out Yo Gun (2004)
Artist  Omalaeti O'Swapo
Genre  Kwaito
Label  Omalaeti Music/Swapo
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Release date  July 2004
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Omalaeti O'Swapo was the only album released by the Namibian political kwaito group Omalaeti O'Swapo (meaning; Swapo juniors). The group included four musicians, Pablo, The Dogg, Gazza and Elvo but was actually the pet project of the Swapo party. The group was chosen and put together by the Swapo party. The four artists were one of the most popular musicians in the Namibian music industry at the time the group was formed. Elvo handled all the production duties, and John Walenga handled the management and promotion under the supervision of Swapo. The album sold well, especially among the Swapo veterans and supporters, but was not critically successful due to its political influence. After the release of the album each member went back to their respective solo careers, rarely speaking about Omalaeti O'Swapo.

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Album objectives

The album's objective was to promote Namibian's 2004 presidential elections. President Hifikepunye Pohamba was the Swapo presidential candidate after former President Sam Nujoma stepped down. The Omalaeti O'Swapo musicians used the opportunity of their kwaito talent on the album to encourage the youth and the Namibian nation at large to take part in the election.

Presidential Call

"Presidential Call" is the album's first track and is a remake of Gazza's song "Shidolodolo". The song features an encouraging speech from both presidents.

Establishment of Omalaeti Music

After the release and success of the album, John Walenga (the executive of the album) established a music company by the same name, Omalaeti Music. Omalaeti Music is today one of Namibia's biggest labels and is home to successful selling artists such as Tate But, PDK and DJ Kboz.

Songs

1Presidential Call
2Vota
3Omalaeti

References

Omalaeti O'Swapo Wikipedia


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