If you ever find yourself on a Namibian road trip, you’ll want to have a healthy collection of music to accompany you on the long drives. Here are some suggestions:
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Ladysmith Black Mambazo & the Mint Juleps
Even though jungles are nonexistent in Namibia and lions don’t live in jungles anyway, this song just feels right for a wildlife drive in southern Africa. After having grown up on The Tokens rendition of this song, I can’t get enough of this more subdued version with compelling a capella background harmonizing by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Bushman by Midnite
In this song, Midnite rejects the idea that the ways of Bushmen (in Namibia, they are officially known as the San people) are primitive and suggests that perhaps the “developed” world is where the real savagery happens. Namibia’s harsh yet beautiful landscape can often leave you reflecting on this subject and the ups and downs of modernity.
African Sunset by Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba’s powerful vocals capture the joy of a sunset glow and of finally arriving at your destination after hours on the road. Also check out Zap Mama’s ethereal rendition of African Sunset which incorporates polyphonic pygmy-inspired chanting into a more westernized version of the song.
Wider than the Sky by Quantic
It might be a little counterintuitive, but I find the repetitive nature of Quantic’s songs to be really well-suited for a long drive. It’s the kind of music that makes you bob your head to the pace the road sets while keeping you engaged with your surroundings.