Seed Sown, Fruits Realized, Namibia’s Most Popular Artist, The Dogg, How It All Started

How I helped start a successful music career for The Dogg, Namibia’s most successful artist; all from a 3-bedroom house that I had bought in Namibia before I turned 21.

As a Sound Engineer for the past nearly 24 years, previously working for major TV, film, and music recording studios in Namibia, Europe and the US., where I engineered several world’s and sporting events as well as live TV news and face-to-face interviews with some of the world renown personalities including Former President Bush (41) (USA), Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (Britain), Founding President Sam Nujoma (Namibia), Former President Nelson Mandela (South Africa), and a photo-op with Queen Elizabeth, dining at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth, working on numerous studio and live concerts with artists such as Seal, El Debarge, Brenda Fassie, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, MC Hammer, R. Kelly, Boys II Men, Paul Simon, U2, Lucky Dube, Billy Idol, and more.

The best of all of this; it’s that in the early 90s, I bought my first house in Okuryangava, Katutura, Windhoek in Namibia. I was working for NBC then, and I had lots of music instruments such as Guitars, Pianos, etc., and when I was not at work or traveling, I would be at home playing music, mostly hard rock and heavy metals, inspired by Def Leppard, AC/DC, etc. I was just 20 years old then and there used to be a group of young teens who would come to visit me and hang out with me; to play and listen to music. I was also in a church choir at my church, Full Gospel Church of God. So music for me was everywhere; at home, at church, and at work.

One of those teen friends were Maxton Gabriel (he’s one of the best Guitarists that I’ve ever met in the world), he’s awesomely talented. I remember him well because he used to teach me how to play the Guitar, and then again, I broadened him to the world of heavy metal sound, that pure distorted Guitar sound on my “Eric Clapton” inspired Fender Stratocaster.

Among the group of those young teens were Martin Morrocky (“The Dogg”), who’s now Namibia’s most popular, multi-award winning musician, producer and actor), his sisters Monika (“Diamond”), Magano, and brother, Doe. There were many other teen friends, whom some of them have today become successful in their careers, such as Tilly, now a successful Land Surveyor in Namibia.

Unfortunately, I didn’t remember some of these kids, now that they have grown up, not until my friend Kaunda, who I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years, and my young brother, Thomas, who both came to visit me yesterday and started telling me some of the fun stuff we used to do, including some of the people I used to help.

It’s Thomas and Kaunda who reminded me of Martin, Monika, Doe, Maxton, Magano, etc. They were telling me how I used to teach them how to play music and sing; all from my 3-bedroom house. My brother Sackey has been trying to tell me about Doe and his brother The Dogg, but I just never really paid him attention, I always just tell them that I don’t remember them.

But, little that I knew then as I know now, these kids have since grown up to become what they have become today. And The Dogg is a success story in the Namibian community.

Who would have known or thought that, just by spending some time with these kids after work and school that they were actually learning and listening to me? I am profoundly honored, and I feel humble from the bottom of my heart, and very grateful for the achievement and success of The Dogg.

I will continue to share my skills and knowledge through my Meetup Series, which so far, I have held 5 different Meetup Series on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Windhoek, Namibia. And I have one coming up on Software and Applications Development. My next Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Meetup Series would be in Otjiwarongo, Luderitz, and Oshikango, Namibia.

I’ve spent most of my life helping and mentoring people, especially young people, especially in the US, and it’s good to see that, some of my seeds that I have been sowing, have actually sprouted and grown into awesome fruits.

I’m so very proud to have started and paved a way for The Dogg’s music career, and his brother Doe, who’s now a successful architect. Oh, did you know that Doe is the architect designer for the building that houses the National Youth Service of Namibia opposite the Katutura Magistrate Courts?

I’m looking forward to seeing more and more great things to happen in Namibia, especially with the development of our Groot Town Center ecosystem. When people are united, they can do anything. Hence with Namibia, the birthplace of humans; as “One Namibia, One Nation”, anything is possible.

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What the Heck is Ellen Degeneres Doing on American Idol?

Images via Freshnews.in

Images via Freshnews.in

Ellen Degeneres is a brilliant comedian and a good actress, but what experience in music does she have for her to be a judge on American Idol?

Oh, I forgot, she once produced an album for Bruce Springsteen and Lil’ Wayne. Well, I can see her being a judge elsewhere though, may be for the Amazing Race, oops, that doesn’t have judges. 

How about on America Got Talent? That would have been best for her to judge all those wonderful and talented contestants. But, American Idol? Have Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell gone completely insane?

I’m glad that Paula Abdul has left the show; she has become irrelevant, to the point that she was no longer any use to the show, but to replace Paula with Ellen? She’s is a great comedian but this would be the wrong show.

Great, now the American Idol show has three male judges, what a bipartisan panel…! It would be even better if Perez  Hilton joins the cast of Simon, Randy, and now Ellen, I mean, that would have helped equalize the gender issue.

African Prince, the New Reality TV Show

African Prince - the reality TV show
African Prince – is a reality TV show that I’m creating and will be working on as soon as Welated and Wrisen are fully operational, which should be in the next two weeks.

This show will be fun, entertaining, tantalizing and heart throbbing. As a sound engineer, who has spent years in music, TV and film production, I want to do something I know very well and enjoy the most, and this is it, it’s going to be fun…!

Just stay tuned, more info will follow soon.

Adam Lambert, the Next American Idol Winner and Best Selling Rocker of His Generation

From the first day Adam Lambert stepped on the stage in the audition room, looking all weird with his colored hair, like a sick, wet bird, I knew there was something real weird about him, but when he opened his mouth and blared out that high pitch note, I instantly knew he was going to sail all the way through.

Most of us have seen his magnificent transformation, from looking like a silly, surly looking, skateboarding homeless kid, to a unique, star in the making. Since Elvis Presley to Freddy Mercury, there has never been any other rocker, who has the charisma, talent, and all the stuff to cement him as the best and genuine male rock singer than Adam Lambert.

Even the American Idol, since its debut in the US, it has never produced anyone, who is as good as Adam Lambert. And, he’s going to be one of the best selling and biggest rockers since the invention of rock music. He’s got everything needed to be a rock star, he’s got the look, attitude, and the best thing about him is that he’s still humble and down to earth.

As the show progressed. I stopped trying to figure out who’s going to be the next American Idol, because my mind has already been set on Adam Lambert. This year, there were lots of contestants, some seemed to have great talent and some are just stagnant frogs made to make Adam Lambert sound even better.

There is no doubt in my mind that Adam Lambert is going to be crowned the next American Idol. And not only that, he’s going to fill concert arenas, and will become the next biggest and best selling artist, and I’d love to record engineering one of his songs.

So, please, just stop the show now, and give Adam Lambert his prize and send him to the studio to record his new single and subsequently, the next best selling CD.

Are ‘Music’ Record Labels Still Needed?

When coming to the Internet and music, there has been a long history of disruptive innovations, which some have caused controversy in online marketplace, but most of them have changed the music business and its revenue flow model.

In April 2000, Prince, also known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, became the first subject ever, to trade music online, in terms of pay-to-download. He released his remix album, “Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic”, exclusively through his NPG Music Club. That was in the year 2000, and the music industry should have seen this coming, but they stayed asleep, while the online music marketplace moved forward, evolved, and embraced the new business model, a no-revenue generation model as opposed to the traditional brick-and-mortal music stores.

The article, How Much Music is Worth, which was published in the Newsweek magazine, of October 29, 2007, further describes the disruptive online marketplace for the music industry. The article talks about the British rock band, Radiohead, which caused even further controversy in online music marketplace.

The band produced its much anticipated new CD, “In Rainbows”, but didn’t release it in the old fashion way, but made it available for download online. Not for-pay to download, such as what Prince did in April 2000, but for Radiohead, anyone could download its newly produced CDless music from the band’s official web site, and the twist to this was; there was no price tag on it, for what the user should pay to download the music.

The band left the price field empty left it up to the user to decide how much to leave in the band’s eshopping cart for downloading its songs. That’s right, you could download the entire new CD, without paying a dime, it’s up to you to decide how much to pay. But to get an unprotected code, a user is required to pay only $0.90, so you could download and play the songs on any device such as iPods, Zunes, and PCs.

The article reports that in the first few days of the band releasing their new eCD, over 1.2 million visitors to its web site downloaded “In Rainbows”. The article further states that consensus survey found that many customers paid $5 to $15 to download the band’s music, while some paid nothing.

But that’s not the whole story; the music industry has long been faced trouble, with users downloading songs online for free. It all started with the then Napster, which allowed the sharing and downloading of music online by anyone, anywhere. This led to the music industry scrambling to file lawsuits for anyone and everyone who downloaded their music online. To which they had no success, because two weeks ago, the music industry organization RIAA announced that it will no longer file lawsuits for sharing and downloading songs online for free.

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, seemed like he was the long awaited savior of online music, with his introduction of IPod and iTunes Music Store.

However, to make it even worse, Steve negotiated with the music record labels to sell songs on Itunes Music Store for a flat fee of $0.99 per each song and only $10 per each CD download. This price is rather ridiculously low compare to the traditional CD pricing, which can rack up to $17 per CD, but with that, you get a CD with all kinds of songs, even those you don’t like. But, with online music, you get to pick which one you want and don’t want. The music industry went along with Steve’s proposal. However, they became unhappy because they realized that Steve was making more money selling iPods, than they do selling songs.

The article asks if $0.99 is the right price paid for each song on Steve’s iTunes Music Store. The answer is no. But it caused a high price elasticity of demand for online music trading.

“In general, as the price of a good rises, consumers will usually demand a lower quantity of that good; they may consume less of that good, substitute it with another product, etc. Actually, the greater the extent to which demand falls as price rises, the greater is the price elasticity of demand. Conversely, as the price of a good falls, consumers will usually demand a greater quantity of that good: consuming more of that good, while dropping substitutes” (Wikipedia.org).

In this case, as the price of music falls due to the downloading and sharing of songs online for free, the greater the demand, causing the price elasticity of demand to skyrocket. This in part is due to the fact that, even if consumers have no substitute for music, it’s not like, when the price of music rises, that consumers will replace it with something else, they just stop demanding for more. But now, they have more option on where to buy or share their music, or rather, where to download, at the lowest price and sometimes for free. And, free is always better when coming to music.

Newsweek Magazine should not have asked how much music is worth, but whether Record Labels are still needed, given that any artist can now release an album or in this case, an eCD, and make it instantly available to the general Internet users, without involving the Record Labels’ bureaucracy.

Tyler Perry’s Madea Moves to Bart Simpson’s Springfield?

Like most of you, I have been watching and am still stuck with The Simpson since the first episode aired in 1989. It’s the longest TV show ever, and will continue to reign for years to come. However, will its audience dwindle with age? As more and more of the Y Gen starts to grow into watching reality TV shows and more up-tempo shows, who will remain to continue watching The Simpson?

Also, what kind of audience, race and gender, will The Simpson continue to attract? I am not currently aware of the breakdown of its audience by gender and race, but I can guess that in order for The Simpson to continue with its reign on TV rating, the producers need to look elsewhere, to be more creative, and definitely go out of their production-comfort zone.

By saying this, I mean, they have to do something, unthinkable, in order to attract more young people, especially the Hip Hop generation. The Simpson’s producers have to think of a better way to bring the show more to the mainstream, urban community. And the only way they can do so, is to incorporate urban characters, geared toward the hip hop community, both blacks and whites, just look at Madea’s movies ratings and box office income.

There’s not any other character, which can help fill the void within the show, and attract more black audience than Tyler Perry’s Madea. Imagine, cartoonizing Madea into its current character, attitude and behavior, and move her in to Springfield to be the new neighbor of the Simpson’s. She can be made either to be one of Bart’s school teachers, grocery store owner, or a nosy, irritating and annoying neighbor.

She and Mrs. Simpson can even end up being friends; they can go work out together, get their hair done together and just hang out. She will be rallying the kids in Springfield with her disciplinary wit and her loud voice.

Madea is the definite solution for The Simpson, she will help to raise The Simpson’s audience exponentially, and it won’t just be the young adult of the African American community who would be watching the show, but you will see more and more older black folks watching the show. I am not sure how its current audience will perceive the show, but the producers can always do a pilot with Madea and see how it turns out.

I only have one request, if it turns out that you decide to experiment this hypothesis, that I’d appreciate you reaching out to me and just give me a shout out. Just try it, it won’t hurt. With Madea moving in Springfield, I assure you that the show will turn out and will continue to be one of the highest shows rated on TV.

FOX Secret Millionaire

Secret Millionaire is a reality TV show on Fox. I have never watched it until today. It is actually a great show. It’s really an amazing show.

In all the reality shows out there right now and in recent years, Secret Millionaire, is probably the best show out there now, because it’s reaching out to real people, through other people who’ve made it in life, to make a real difference in the life of those who are doing extra ordinary things to help others.

But one thing that is even better, the show features one of the characters, Gurbaksh Chahal, whom I have just come to learn more about, just today. The following is Chahal’s brief bio that I copied from the Secret Millionaire web site.

Like other successful entrepreneurs out there, G inspires me. His family’s history coming to America from India inspires me even more.

“A technology entrepreneur, Gurbaksh Chahal, also known as ‘G,’ left high school at age 16 to form Click Agents, an internet advertising company, which he sold two years later for $40 million. In January 2004, Chahal launched BlueLithium, a company focused on the next generation in online advertising, and just over three years later, BlueLithium was sold to Yahoo! for $300 million. Now, at 26 years old, Chahal is set to debut his third company, gwallet.com, and has written a memoir, titled “The Dream,” to be released later this year.”

Chahal’s personal web site is at www.chahal.com.