We caught up with Jean-Michael

A lyrically-skilled and talented Hip-Hop artist who was born in Regensburg, Germany and raised in Windhoek, Namibia.  Jean-Michael is known for his heartfelt, hard hitting lyrics. He started the group “Cabinet Reshuffle” known for their smash single “Take me Home”, before being recruited by RUN N.A.MS.

He was also best “Newcomer” at the NAMAs 2014.

We caught up with the mc to see what he’s up to.


Real name?

Jean-Michael Ripuree Tjirare

Talk to us about your childhood.. Did that mould your path to music?

I grew up around strong minded around individuals. Folks who never bit their tongues. Standing up for what you believe in was embedded in my brain from a young age. That’s why I’m a pretty expressive person and sometimes have a confrontational fiery chararacter. I’ve always been the one who sets the tone.

Where did music begin for you?

From as far as I can remember I have always been involved in the arts and culture. I also stared in a movie when I was 12 years old and did countless of plays in primary school. It was in high school that I started to explore music more. I did the boy band group thing in school were we killed talent shows. Lol. And the rest as they say is history.

Tell us about the album you are working on ?

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It’s called ‘Fine Margins’

Just like in life there are fine margins between most things. Love and hate,  failure & success etc. One has to make calculated choices in life cause you can end up on the wrong side of things.

 Does the album fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms?

I don’t feel I can classify or group my music in a single form. Musically I listen to everything so there are no barriers.

Who is featured on the  album?

My “Jeanius Familia” which consists of Neptune black & Tatted Mama, Exit, KK, Lize Elhers and Neslow to mention a few.

What message does the album bring forth?

Current events, social ills, triumphs and basically just general life lessons and experiences.

Do any of the tracks express the point of view of different persona and characters? Or do they seem more autobiographical?

All my work is more autobiographical. Motion picture *^%#.

What is most original about the album?

My sound as usual. As well as my content.

Can we expect the whole crew of Run NAMs on a track?

RUN NAMs are in a revamping and re-grouping phase. Expect a podcast soon.

Where should we be expecting to see Jean Michael after two years?

My label Jeanius Music is developing artists and Tatted Mama will be the first one out on the blocks. Honestly we would rather show you then tell you so watch the space.

I also Have a few business ventures I’ve been leaning on away from the music. A different playing field altogether, but it looks promising.

With Gods grace and speed it will bear fruit.

PS: We will be having an album launch  within a couple of months.

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Author: monochromemag

Namibia's new Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine.

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