Lady May (singer)
|Birth name||Martha Namundjebo|
20 December 1986 |
Cuanza Sul, Angola
|Genres||R&B, Afro pop, house|
|Labels||Turntable King Productions, Big Ear Records, Faluma Africa|
|Associated acts||TeQuila, DJ Kboz, Gal Level, M-Poser|
Lady May (born Martha Namundjebo, 20 December 1986) is a Namibian singer. She came to fame in 2004 with the release of her first album Kamali which won her her first award at the Sanlam-NBC Music Awards. Namundjebo is one of the most popular female singers in Namibia. Her music is also recognized beyond the Namibian border and she has been nominated and won several awards at the Channel O Music Video Awards.
Lady May's music is a mixture of Oshiwambo traditional music and western pop. Most of her music is categorized under the Afro pop and house genre. Her early styles were a combination of R&B and hip hop. She is signed to a South African record label, Big Ear Records.
Martha was born in Angola from exiled parents at Calulo, a small village near Cuanza Sul. Just before Namibia's independence she returned with her parents and settled in Ovamboland and in 1994 she moved to Windhoek City.
Lady May started to sing from the age of six, during her teenage years she started performing at school concerts. She recorded her first song "Lady for Life" with the help of producer Kanibal in 2004 which won her an award for Best Female Artist at the 2004 Sanlam-NBC Music Awards. In 2005 Martha released her debut album titled Kamali which means little Martha in her native language Oshiwambo.
Her second album Come And Get Me was released in 2006, it was a change in style as she was moving into the afro pop genre. The album included 3 hit songs "Come and Get Me", "Bubblgum" and the popular "Chokola" whose video received a lot of play on Channel O and MTVBase Africa. The video was shot in Namibia in two locations by Tim Huebschle as part of an MTVBase Africa initiative. The video also charted on the channel and won the award for Best Dance Video at the 2008 Channel O Music Video Awards.
In 2009 Lady May teamed up with DJ Kboz's label Turntable King Productions and music management company Great Wings Promotions to produce and release her third album, Pink Chocolate. She was later featured on a hit song titled "Dana (Namibia Get Crazy)" by South African DJ/musician Bojo Mujo. This song propelled Bojo Mujo's album Session 6 to sell more than 50 000 copies between Namibia and South Africa. Lady May and fellow Namibian singer TeQuila would later receive a platinum awards for their appearance on the album as 50 000 copies in South Africa represent a platinum plaque.
In January 2011, Lady May signed to Big Ear Records in South Africa she released an album "I AM:African Goddess". She went to make history as the first Namibian to be released in South Africa and played on South African radios.
On June 4, 2011 May received the Namibian Annual Music Awards in the category "Best House Music", however, after verbally attacking the audience she was sent out of the hall and had to give back the award. She apologized through a press conference on June 7, 2011.
- 2005: Kamaali
- 2006: Come And Get Me
- 2009: Pink Chocolate'
- 2010: Tiger Ambitions
- 2011: I AM: African Goddess (Big Ear Records, SA)
- Lady May biography Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
- Big Brother Africa - Celebrity Housemates Unveiled! Archived 2012-05-05 at the Wayback Machine.
- Lady May - one of the Celebrity Housemates! Archived 2012-08-02 at Archive.is
- Lady May - Museke African artistes
- Lady May - Museke African artistes
- Lady May – Tiger Ambition
- Great Wings to host Bojo Mujo
- Namibian Musicians Go Platinum
- Eklat während Preisverleihung, Allgemeine Zeitung Namibia, 6 June 2011
- Lady May says sorry, The Namibian, 7 June 2011