Kanibal hangs up his mic

The legend retires

10 December 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Kanibal; Retired rapper; “Amongst other things, I really don’t want my son to call his dad a rapper.”

Windhoek • [email protected]



Namibian rapper Shilongo “Kanibal” Ashipala announced his retirement from music.

Kanibal recently held his last concert, the “Goodbye, Thank you” official retirement party at Vivasso Exclusive Lounge in the capital.

The party for the legendary artist and producer featured well-known award-winning artists like Jerome “Jericho” Gawanab, Kamaaizemi “KP-Illest” Hoveka, Ngaihape “Nga-I” Mupurua, among other performers.

Forex experts Gregory Cloete and Michael Amushelelo were the masters of ceremony for the event.
Before the party, Kanibal hosted an online ‘hit for hit’ battle with 2011 NAMAs (Namibian Annual Music Awards) Male Artist of the Year Jericho, which enthralled fans.

The lyricist has vowed to continue with other aspects of music including producing, graphic/web designing and videography.

Other artists who recently announced their retirement from music include Lownan “Wambüseun” Nangombe and Kadeen “KK” Kaoseb.

Kanibal also released his greatest hits album during the party. It comprises 19 of his best songs which have been digitally remastered along with a new track.

Hip-hop lovers were surprised to learn about his retirement when he changed the bio on his Facebook account to that of ‘retired musician, producer, graphic/web designer, videographer and radio expert’.
This led to questions in the comment section asking whether artists really retire from music.

“I’m done, ‘boss’. Amongst other things, I really don’t want my son to call his dad a rapper,” responded Ashipala.

One of his fans thanked the legendary rapper for all his contributions to the music industry over more than fifteen years.

“Thank you for the contribution you have made to the Namibian music Industry. The ones that we know of and those that we don't see, both equally important. Enjoy your retirement from the industry,” said the fan.

Kanibal will be remembered for being part of the “061” rap crew which featured other iconic Namibian rappers like Quido, the late Catty Cat, Lil D (now known as Desmond) and others.

Some of the hits include “Corner (remix)”, “Sorry Boss”, “Soweto” and “Woman”.

The “retired” rapper has been nominated for several awards, the latest being the NAMAs nods he received in 2019 for Best Rap/Hip Hop and Best Collaboration.

At the 2014 NAMAs, he scooped Best Collaboration for his track “Hold My Hand” (featuring Sinna-G).

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