Gazza Biography: Man Who Holds The Bar Among Namibian Perfomers

How he got to shake the stages around Namibia

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Described as one of Africa’s most popular vocalists and Namibia's most powerful performer. Gazza has established himself as one of the most well-known figures on the African continent, as well as elsewhere in the world. 

The 'Misunderstood' hitmaker has received numerous honors and is Namibia's best-selling kwaito musician.

He has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the industry, and he continues to hold the torch high for the next generation of musicians.

He does not disappoint, as he understands how to raise the bar on the stage.

Gazza featured Petu and Jeiyo, and their engaging and illuminated performances added to the entertainment in his #GMPLiveSessions. Many have praised him and described him as a powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with.

Gazza always lives up to his standards when it comes to music.

Gazza Age

The 44-year-old hitmaker is known for his song "Chelete." He was born on March 10, 1977, in Oshikuku, a town in Namibia's Omusati Region.

Gazza’s Real Name

Lazarus Karandu Shiimi is Gazza's full name. Gazlam, Groote, The King, and Pumumu are some of the other names for the musician. When asked how he obtained the moniker "Gazza," he replied that it came from his love of football and affection for Paul Gascoigne, a footballer. 

He intended to call himself β€˜Skara,' but his buddies advised him to keep his football nickname, β€˜Gazza,' instead.

β€œI used to play football at school. They gave me that nickname β€˜Gazza’ because I was so passionate about football and I hated losing and I’ll do anything in my power to make sure that we win to the point where I’d get red cards if I play too rough you know, and that was just around the time when Paul Gascoigne was also just impressing every newspaper cover and magazine cover with a red card…”

β€œβ€¦ he was just getting red cards and he was also passionate about football and then they compared the passion to Paul Gascoigne so they said "no you are just playing like Gazza" and that’s how the name derived,” he told The Grey Ave

Gazza Family

Gazza was born into a household of seven children. Eunice is his mother's name, and Erastus is his father's. His father died when he was still a child, despite the fact that nothing is known about his parents. 

He subsequently had to assist his mother in caring for the family and had to sell fat cakes, sugar cane, and raw meat on the streets after school to make a livelihood.

He moved to South Africa after finishing matric to further his education and establish himself and later studied marketing at Boston College in Cape Town before concentrating on his music career.

Gazza Marriage 

It is stated that every successful man has a woman by his side. Gazza is proud of his family, which he considers to be his greatest achievement. Golden Shiimi is Gazza's wife. He describes his wife as the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.

Going on regular date nights and vacations as a family with their children is the key to keeping the fire burning in their marriage. The couple has two sons together.

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Music Career

Gazza has released 12 albums to date. Kwaito, dancehall, reggae, and hip hop are all represented in his songs. He has received numerous awards, including Male Artist of the Year in 2014. He was also given the JCI Namibia Award for the Most Outstanding Young Namibian.

He said in an interview with The Grey Ave that he began playing music in primary school. He used to rap in class and was also a member of a choir where he sang lead.

He recalls attending to church with his mother as a child, where he also claims to have sang. He claims that singing in church taught him about various vocal harmonies.

Gazza recorded his debut album in Cape Town, where he was also a member of the β€˜Male Voice' quartet. Before relocating to America, he recorded his second album in Namibia. He traveled to America to work as a professional marketer, but he claims that music followed him and that he ended up doing music rather than focusing only on his professional marketing business.

He is contracted to Universal Music Group, the world's largest record label. After ten years of negotiations, he was finally signed in 2016. Despite his initial request for a record deal, Gazza received a better offer from the corporation, which awarded him a label agreement.

Getting a record deal with a major label is a huge accomplishment for most performers. Instead of just recording and having the music firm sell and promote the song, it lets the artist to make significant decisions for their label.

β€˜Gazza Music Productions’ is the name of Gazza's record label (GMP). The business was founded in 2004. It has signed musicians such as Street Kid, Tequila, DJ Shoza, Black Sheep, and Luvy, and is one of Namibia's most successful music companies. 

Gazza sings on real-life issues, and his music video 'Chelete,' which discusses Namibia's financial difficulties, made him the first Namibian musician to surpass one million views on YouTube. 

He told that he intends to keep making amazing music and that he has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

β€œI will grow old with the music, even when I am old I will still entertain even if it means me playing jazz while you guys eat,” he told the publication. 

Gazza Rumours

Like many people in the spotlight, Gazza has had to deal with his share of drama and several rumours. He was rumoured to have an affair with record producer Elvo’s wife, Lovey. Lovey was Gazza’s employee at the time of the rumour and has since divorced from her husband of 13 years. But according to both Lovey and Gazza, the rumour was a lie aimed at destroying their families.

In 2011, Gazza faced alleged murder charges. He was accused of firing a shot at his brother-in-law after his brother allegedly took a laptop from his house without his permission.

Gazza did not deny firing a shot at his brother-in-law but denied attempting to murder him. According to him, he fired the shots to stop his brother-in-law from running away with his laptop. Another nasty rumour Gazza faced was when he was linked to the murder of Hip Hop star Jericho. Gazza rubbished the rumours. 

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Gazza Businesses

Gazza is not only a successful musician, but he is also one of the richest artists in Namibia. His music talent has seen him work with many local and international artists. 

He also teamed up with UNIC Windhoek to encourage citizens to save water and take 5-minute showers. Gazza was the first Namibian artist to have a reality show on the Namibian Broadcasting Channel (NBC). The reality show was named "Just Whyling".

He also owns several businesses. He has a sparkling mineral water brand called G-Fresh and a clothing line. He was also the first Namibian artist to have his music video play on DSTV channel 'Trace'.

Apart from music, Gazza served as an ambassador for education and visited several schools in Namibia teaching scholars about the importance of education. 

Gazza Cars

Gazza drives a BMW  330i . A BMW 330i retails for around R650 000. 

In 2013, Gazza was endorsed by Kia Motors and drove a Kia Sorento. 

Judging by how Gazza has consistently released hits for over a decade, we have no doubt he will continue to shine and produce world-class music.

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