By Foibe Shahepa
Makilla (28) boasts an impressive resume that keeps him on the cusp of becoming a house hold name in the music industry and is easily recognizable for his unique style in rapping. He has also attracted fans through his skill in flow and rhymes and has grown his brand as a recording artist.
Makilla was born in Oshikuku and attended Mupewa Primary School. Growing up he was influenced by the likes of Lauryn Hill, Celine Dion, Sarah Maclachlan, Pablo Neruda, Dolly Parton, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z.
He started making music in high school when he and two of his friends created a musical group called the ‘Vidz’. Then shortly after ventured to Arandis to pursue his Electrical Engineering studies, this is where his impressive rap flows and attitude gained him favor of most producers in the land of the brave.
“I am responsible for bringing out many upcoming artists and currently hold the title of being the most featured artist in Namibia. I am the Lyrical Messiah”. He says.
Makilla proclaims to have shed light for the Northern presence in the Namibian music industry of late and although he is still an underground artists, he has worked with big cats in the industry.
He has featured Tate Buti, Young T, Longiso, Kaboy Kamakili, D Kandjafa and the latest being Top Cheri, just to mention a few. In 2016 he rose to prominence when his song “Wotcha” caught attention of popular artist and label owner Young T Wokongha who later signed him to his label UGU Audio.
His critically acclaimed debut studio album The Inferno was released on 21 March 2017. The LP was succeeded by I’m Not Ur Mate (2020). Makilla describes his flow as “easy going but packed full of punches”. Similarities in styles have also been drawn to renowned rappers such as Exit, Sunnyboy and Young T.