It’s interesting how sights, sounds, tastes, and smells can trigger a once-forgotten memory in our minds. I often associate music with certain places or people and create playlists based on the memories they evoke. One of the songs that immediately reminds me of Namibia is Thando Iwam (Marry Me) by South African Kwaito star, Bojo Mujo with Namibian singer, TeQuila. The song was a hit in Namibia and you could hear it played deep into the night at local shebeens (bars), blaring from car stereos, ringing out from cellphones, and danced at weddings. The song was ubiquitous and I immediately associate it with my memories of Namibia.
Here are a few other songs that remind me of people I met, places I visited, and events I was involved in during my time in Namibia:
Africa by Toto
The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism by The New Pornographers
Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
Waka Waka Time for Africa by Shakira
Waving Flag by K’Naan
Ona Mami by Ozzy, JK, and Petersen
Yori Yori by Bracket
With My Own Two Hands by Ben Harper
Thando Iwam by Bojo Mujo featuring TeQuila
The lyrics (partially in Oshiwambo, partially in English)
Oh my love
Will you marry me?
Hole yoye ohole yange
I wanna know, do you really love me too?
I deserve to know, do you feel like I do
So come on girl, marry me, marry me
If I marry you, will you marry me?
P.S. I LOVE the video. It is Namibian through and through with the storyline and random dancing throughout. Namibian music videos are so entertaining!
Do you have a song that reminds you of a time or place from your life?