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FOLLOWING his last Christmas album 'Feliz Navidad' that was launched in 2009, which features his daughter Zavia, Brandon Hammond went mute.
His fans will be thrilled to know he is preparing for a return, with the release of two brand new songs by mid-December. One song 'Let My People Go', is a jazzy guitar instrumental while the other is a well-known church hymn 'Nooit Is Hy Verlate Wat Op God Vertrou'.
Both tracks will be available online on iTunes. His new offerings, says Hammond, were conceived during one of the most difficult times in his life, and are part of a new album 'Sterkind' that he plans to release in 2021.
“I want to thank all of my fans for their support over the years. Thanks for your patience during my absence. My new single comes from a very difficult season of brokenness,” he said.
Hammond says he has not released music for the past 11 years because he spent most of his time writing. “I shifted my attention to writing. I have written 'Open Secrets' which is available at the National Library. My next publication will appear under the title 'Towards Empowering Parenthood',” he said.
Hammond says with his return, nothing has changed in his music. “The sound and style are pretty much the same as my previous work. I still love hymns, I am still crazy about the guitar and still madly in love with jazz, especially that from Cape Town,” he said.
Hammond says he plans to release his new album in the second half of 2021. Some of the songs that feature on the album are 'Sterkind', a song dedicated to all the children of Namibia, an instrumental guitar rendition of a traditional lullaby recorded by Kenny G, Zavia, with guitarist and producer David Layman from South Africa.
Hammond says he met Layman when he was eight years old. “During those years he blossomed as a musician, and has travelled the world blessing international audiences with his music. He was very excited when he heard my songs and strongly encouraged me to embark on this venture.
“David is a maestro. He has incredibly high standards and I am already contemplating future projects with him,” he said.
Hammond has once again teamed up with his daughter Zavia, this time with a composition of her own, 'I Know He Will Deliver Me'. Hammond made his debut in 2000 when he released his album 'Still A Great God'. His interest to become a musician started as he was reading the Bible one day.
“I was reading '2 Samuel 7:22', when a voice audibly instructed me to turn it into a song. I protested because I had never composed a song before. God then dropped the tune right into my heart. I immediately captured it on a piece of paper to remember the melody.
“That song eventually became the title track of my debut album. I also had the wonderful privilege of performing the song live on NBC TV during the 1997 NBC Music Makers Competition,” he said.
Entertainment journalist at The Namibian