LIONESS

Namibian Rap queen Lioness – soon to be known as CilQ has risen from being an underground rapper to one of the leading hip hop voices in Namibia. She is famed for birthing a refreshing sound to the Namibian scene, often embracing her heritage and infusing modern Hip Hop with a tangy twist of old school - rap influences. On the new season of Coke Studio Africa, Lioness will be paired with Boity (South Africa) and legendary Kenyan rapper Nazizi.

CAREER

The 25 year old rapper has been making gigantic waves in the industry with her plethora of hits over the years notably ‘’Back to the Basics’’ featuring Skrypt and KP Illest, ‘’Dreams’’, ‘’Bad’’ featuring Slickartie and ‘’Sauce’’. With two EPs to her name: “ILL3” (2015) and “ILL4”: the sequel released in 2016, Lioness is dominating Namibia with her refreshing sound and fierce stage act. She has performed with South African rapper Cassper Nyovest and other established Namibian artists across major concerts. Lioness is currently putting together her much anticipated album ‘’Pride of CilQ’’, expected to drop soon.

MUSIC INTRESTS

Away from her involvement in the music, Lioness is also the current brand ambassador for Make Em Up cosmetics and she has long been a model for various local clothing lines such as Leffaccenlelife and Ingo Shanyenge. She has also established her own charity called the “The Drive By’’ to advocate for some of the pertinent issues she holds close to her heart. The multi-faceted artist continues to advocate and voice her encouragement to young women across the continent aspiring to be female rappers. She also calls on women in music to remain focused and keep a level head when it comes to navigating the merky world of music, never giving in to any pressure from society to trade their sexuality for recognition.

BACKGROUND

Born and raised in Namibia, La-Toya Mwoombola is better known by her the stage name Lioness. Her love for music piqued at a very tender age thanks to motivation from her sister, Gina Jeanz - now an established record producer. Despite being an inexperienced new comer when she started out nine years ago, she has continued to create, release and independently distribute her music over the years. Through perseverance and collaborations with various artists, Lioness has gained invaluable experience and influence and successfully established herself as one of the fastest rising rap talents across the continent.