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POPULAR Namibian media personality and vocalist Shanna Zandile, who released the amapiano track 'It's okay', featuring Yumbs four months ago, has officially changed her name and forging a new path in her career.
You can now call the young artist Basiame, a Tswana name that refers to a freedom-loving and free-spirited individual. It is her second name and she has chosen this moniker for the stage because it represents her mixed heritage, as partially Tswana, Zulu and German.
“My mother says she decided on the name when she got her third daughter (me) and the doctor had asked her why she had so many girls and she replied, 'Basiame', meaning 'they are good',” she tells us.
The singer explained that the name change was part of the process of growing more fond of herself and exploring what her music is sonically. She has already released a few tracks under the new name and is excited by the overhaul.
The crooner says landing on Basiame was no easy task, as she came up with name after name that did not quite fit with her. She says once she expressed interest in using her traditional name, those around her saw the vision.
Basiame's career has gone through many stages. From singing covers live at venues like the Warehouse Theatre, to signing to the now disbanded music label RTE Records, and now operating as an independent artist, she has been working her way to this point.
“With all these changes, I think my music will express all I go through as I become more of myself each day. I'm also just trying to learn new things. So, it's a good change,” she says.
Basiame is working on an extended play to be released soon, but laments the challenge of not having a fully fledged team behind her.
“I'm figuring out what I need it to sound like. I think I'm almost there. I also want to add visuals to them. That might take some time. Being independent is hard,” she says, adding that sometimes she needs help.
Although she could not give the release date of her first full project, teasers on some of her work are soothing and easy on the ear, showing her uncanny natural ability to belt out heart-warming tunes and melodies.
* Anne Hambuda is a poet, writer and social commentator from Windhoek, Namibia. Follow her online or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more.