Ees releases anti-GBV anthem
Corruption also highlighted
19 February 2021 | Art and Entertainment
Ees; Musician; “I feel there are two elephants in the room in Namibia, and one of them is GBV...”
Namibian musician Ees released his new single “Chooser” which deals with gender-based violence. This follows after a worldwide increase in domestic and gender-based violence due to victims being locked in with their abusers as a result of persistent lockdowns worldwide.
All funds raised by the single will go to the Monica Gender-Based Violence Organisation in the capital.
“I feel there two elephants in the room in Namibia, and one of them is GBV. Due to corona restrictions, it is even more difficult for women to protect themselves from violence. The demonstrations I saw at the end of last year really motivated me to help the movement through music,” Ees told Erongo.
He said “Chooser” would initially also tackle corruption, a topic he feels is the other elephant in the room. He decided against it though due to the weight of the GBV conversation.
“The song in its original form was a mixture of these two topics, but I felt the GBV theme needed a song of its own, so I changed it to just that one topic,” he says.
Ees adds that his aim to tackle corruption through his platform are not lost. “This mentality that it is okay to be corrupt needs to stop. The wind of change is blowing and we need to expose all the culprits that are driven by greed and mess up the good life for all of us in our society!”
The X-Factor Germany 2018 winner says that he hopes this track will induce change in Namibia.
“I want to get as much awareness on the GBV topic as possible so that things actually change. We have seen enough suffering and nothing is being done about it. At the same time, I wanted the song to be a motivational song – not a depressing song. Music has the power to uplift people. It’s a serious topic but I want to motivate the listeners that there is hope.”