BY: FOIBE SHAHEPA
Maria Immanuel, also known as ML, a Windhoek-based singer and songwriter, is slated to release her fourth album ( Money Music) on June 10th via Viralcom, an online music reseller.
The album, except it being an inspiration for one’s breakthrough and doing whatever it takes to acquire that money, was recorded effortlessly and patiently.
“My head, heart, and soul were all in a happy place. This is one of my projects that I believe will propel me forward in the industry, possibly leading to a breakthrough. Additionally, it reflects all of my hard work throughout my life, and now it’s time to reap the benefits, whether in the form of more money, sponsorships, or partnerships,” she said.
The album has 19 tracks with 6 features and 5 producers, and she says it’s always amazing to work with different producers because everyone has their own unique way of doing things.
“I collaborated with two new producers and three of my regular collaborators. Every song is unique because it is influenced by the sound, the day, the mood, and how much God has given me with melodies on that particular day; it also entails incorporating new sounds and expanding the ML sound beyond Namibia, as one of the producers is from Tanzania,” she said.
Viralcom provides musicians with the opportunity to market their music by submitting it for a little price. The music is then sold to fans for N$4 per SMS in exchange for a link to download the song.
Viralcom currently has over 300 subscribers, which translates to 300 active songs. According to the founder of Viralcom Abraham Amushila, their strategy has so far worked. Namibians have phone service, airtime, and internet access.
Viralcom’s actions are only for the purposes of business administration and long-term viability. The number of artists shares has increased by 40% in the last two months. The artist is the primary benefit, and this is exactly how it should be.
“We are giving away N$1000 per week for the next eight weeks in order to promote the album through viralcom. Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute to this album, there is simply too much talent on one project,”