Mark finds his lockdown muse
Artists should unite
07 May 2020 | Art and Entertainment
Mark West Coast Finest; Musician; “I have been practicing my freestyle to take part in battles soon...”
Local rapper Mark Louw AKA Mark West Coast Finest, says that since the partial lockdown was implemented in the country by President Hage Geingob due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he has made time to polish his craft.
According to him, his creative process has ignited thanks to the free time he has while at home. “I have been practicing my freestyle to take part in battles soon as the world comes to grips with Covid-19. It also means that there is time to finish projects and plan for what to do next as an artist,” Mark said.
According to the artist, he could not generate an income since shows may not take place at the moment, as the partial lockdown stipulates that gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.
“Since crowds are not allowed, there are no shows, meaning no money for us. As for the solitude, for any artist I think this is at least one positive thing, as you have ample time to write, compose and brainstorm.
“We try to keep busy on social media platforms but there is only so much we can do. We used to host an open mic every Thursday at Rio Copa Nightclub, but now nothing, not even a poetry session,” he said.
Mark added that the lockdown made him realise that all artists and creatives need to stand together and form a body that can represent them. “With time to reflect on what’s important, now is the time for each and every artist to unite and start working together to establish a recognised body or independent sector catered for the arts."
He adds that he has been listening to the radio more often in the past few weeks. “This keeps me on my toes to see what the benchmark for local music is on the airwaves.”