Mark Mushiva – The Art of Dying (War & Hip Hop) [Song]

Posted on March 2, 2016 by


My friends and I often joke that there are strong parallels between Japanese and Ovambo languages. Ovambo culture being our maternal culture and Japanese being our adopted culture, a culture we adopted through watching lots of anime, building Gundam model kits and living the lives of otaku. These variant cover art works fuse Namibian war history, a thing that is a central part of every Namibian child born during the warring 80s and modern Japanese poster design. The covers also present the Oppressor-Oppressed dialectic that often played out between PLAN (People’s Liberation Army of Namibia) and the South African Defense Force of the then apartheid government of South Africa. Of course when you consider that this is art work for a song it all appears a little dense and cluttered but I wanted it to be complex and layered. The artwork was rushed so I accept that it is incongruent in some aspects but seen through the plurality of a Namibian millennial, it all makes sense somehow-we are a generation of contradictions. I don’t want to say too much about the song, except that it narrates a life in transition. Most of it only makes sense to me and the people that know me intimately, I guess you can say I selfishly wrote it for a future me who will look back to this point in my life with pride or disappointment, having mastered The Art of Dying.