Journey in Nomad’s footprints
Six new tracks
06 March 2020 | Art and Entertainment
Rapper releases latest mixtape
Walvis Bay-based rapper Lorenzo Beukes (34) aka Nomad, recently released his latest mixtape, VoetSpore.
“VoetSpore translates to footprints and basically refers to my stage name Nomad. As a traveller you leave footprints all over, but it also alludes to my love for history and knowledge of self.”
Nomad says that when one investigates the footprints left by our ancestors, we learn more about our own cultural heritage. “And I believe that knowledge is power.”
VoetSpore consists of six new tracks, including “Maki Saki” and “Rymboek”. It also contains a bonus remix of one of the tracks from his previous Profeet vir Profyt mixtape, remixed by his friend DJ Ash.
According to the artist, each track represents a day of the week and this is the idea behind releasing a 7-track mixtape.
The first track “Rymboek” was released on Monday 20 January. The other tracks followed a day apart. All tracks are available on his Reverbnation page under LY The NomadPoet.
“The entire mixtape was composed by Alvar Uys aka Gysie, a well-known langarm musician. The reason for this is because I wish to fuse my traditional sound, which is langarm, with my beloved genre Hip Hop. I mixed and mastered all the tracks myself.”
The mixtape’s sound is distinct and different from other projects by him.
“With the majority of my other solo works, I tend to focus on especially boom bap hip hop. This is the case with my soon to
be released extended play record (EP) Woord. With my band Wakambi, we focus on a fusion of rock, alternative and hip hop. The idea was to fuse langarm dance music with hip hop rhymes and flow on this mixtape,” he said.
His most sentimental track on the mixtape is “As”, which was inspired by a poem his daughter recited at the NAPSO cultural festival.
Nomad also collaborates with Swakopmund-based rapper Ogust on a song titled “Vera” on the mixtape.
“I chose him because he is one of the few artists I see eye to eye with on a creative level. I sincerely believe in his talent as a singer, rapper and songwriter. The bonus was that he could do his part in vernacular as well, which is something I hold dear.”
He describes acknowledging music as a viable career path and getting paid doing what one loves, as the biggest challenge. In spite of this, Nomad says he has experienced rapid growth over the years.
“I’ve become more approachable. Many people told me I am a bit distant and private. Although music is something very personal to me, I have been able to work towards being more accessible as an artist.”
As a writer, he has learned to write in a way that is easier to relate to.
“I have learned to be more entertaining as a performer. I definitely have to learn how to simplify what I visualize as an artist. I believe learning is a never ending process. I have also become more patient and cultured in how I approach my art.”
Namibian artists that he would like to collaborate with include Mark Mushiva of Black Vulcanite, Elemotho and Eric Sell aka Ees. Internationally, he wouldn’t mind working with Cape Town-based rappers Jitsvinger and Youngsta because of the importance they put on proper lyricism, as well as American rapper, Nas.
He urged upcoming musicians not to neglect their mother tongue when doing music.
“As a scholar of hip hop, I can only advise other Namibian artists, upcoming and established alike, to work towards creating our own sound. Rappers, please rap in vernacular and singers sing in your mother tongue.”
Nomad says music is a universal language and artists do not have to perform in English to be understood.
He urged all industry stakeholders including but not exclusive to government, NASCAM (Namibian Society of Composer and Authors of Music), CRAN (Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia) and the private sector to unite in efforts to support, develop and one day export the unique music and culture of Namibia.
Nomad started off being involved in writing poetry as a way of making money on Valentine’s Day in Rehoboth when he was about 12 years old. He moved to Walvis Bay at the age of 16 and it was at this time that he started really getting into rapping as part of a Gospel rap group.
Beukes, who matriculated at Walvis Bay High School in 2003, has since been involved in creating numerous hip hop groups including The Inmates, Illuminati, Desert Eagles, Koshuis, Slim, StorieTyd and the band Wakambi.