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Ma /Gaisa king Phura, no more

The King of Ma /Gaisa who claimed fame with his hit song “epa boko boko, ama baka baka” has passed away after a long illness this morning.


Andre Gariseb who worked as promoter and publicist for Phura in his heydays confirmed his passing at a Swakopmund state hospital this morning.

Phura has been ill for a long time now and rumors of his passing has made rounds more than once in the past.

During his lifetime Phura released eight albums the last one called ‘Ta !husen’ (Don’t give up) he launched in December 2016.
In 2003 he released his first album ‘Tsubates go’ (You are not good for me my love) with Steven !Naruseb a producer of Welwitschia Music Production.

Phura Duwe who hails from Khorixas started his career as a young keyboardist in 1996 from which he eventually worked himself up to become one of Namibia’s icon music producers.

His career started out humble like that of most music legends and at some point, he moved to Swakopmund where he joined the ‘Midnight Stars’.

During an interview with New Era newspaper in 2017 Phura said Phura Music Productions’ mission is to uplift the music industry and preserve the sensation of Ma /Gaisa music, as this is not only art but a heritage for fellow Namibians and fans.

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