Who doesn’t love or enjoy quality music that has meaning to it?
With beautiful memories of your brother dancing in the living room or the day you travelled in an old Volkswagen Kombi to Gobabis with a loose middle seat that made holding onto other seats rather exciting as no harm was caused but merely infectious laughter throughout the journey.
Music is always the last thing one focuses on while getting ready for that ultimate road trip. And with Namibia being simultaneously soulful, rugged and spacious, towns or destinations are located at quite a distance from one another.
Once everyone is ready for the adventure and hopped into the car, a few hours are often spent on conversations to get to know one another.
Slowly silence starts to creep in as everyone gazes at the scenery around them.
Quickly, one realises they have left the universal serial bus (USB) flash drives with Young T WokOngha’s latest album or Louis Armstrong’s jams on the kitchen counter. Fortunately, there’s at least one USB and three of us in the car. – Yes your music is to be judged or you’ll hear the ‘what’s up with your music?’ question a few times. But, that’s okay because everyone has their unique preference of music and the rule is to skip the least interesting songs. Or if it’s a favourite of either one, others must endure and the volume is to be on full blast. – Until the music becomes overbearing and it is turned off… to shortly be turned on again because background noise is always essential especially if its Tate Buti’s ‘in heaven there is no beer’.
If you have not packed the iPod, aux cables, favourite cd’s… don’t fret, because you might just strike the best deal with a local entrepreneur at a car wash and purchase a USB, after curiously listening to his repertoire of tasteful Namibian music that will make for the best memories.
What type of music do you enjoy when driving in Namibia? What is your favourite road trip song? Let us know by sharing your story in the comment section below.
Author – I’m Nela, from Windhoek Namibia but born in a small village called Omatunda in northern Namibia. I am passionate about writing, research and photography, as it helps me gain knowledge about people and my country.