Born on 1 January 1974, D-Naff (real name Naftalie Shigwedha Amukwelele) is an award-winning and top-selling Namibian gospel musician. His music is also influenced by genres such as kwaito, hip-hop, kizomba, dancehall and Afro-pop. Apart from singing, the artist is a motivational speaker who has visited more than 30 schools in Namibia.
D-Naff began his music career in the early 1990s when he was a student at Jan Jonker Afrikaner Secondary School in Windhoek in a group called the Glamour Boys. The group toured France in 1998 during the soccer World Cup with the sponsorship of the Franco-Namibian Cultural Center. The group disbanded and De-Naff formed another group called Eagle's Mentality, which won the Best Gospel category at the 2005 Sanlam-NBC Music Awards. The artist has won a total of eight awards to date. He has been ranked the 15th most downloaded artist on iTunes in Africa, second in Namibia after the Dogg.
In 2006 the artist released his debut album, ‘Oshagwana’. In 2007 he released his second album, ‘Iikele Yuuyuni Mbu’, which won him a Namibian Music Award in the gospel category for his song ‘Tsipi Tsipi’. His third album, ‘Above The Limit’, was released in early 2008. He has collaborated with international artists such as Marvin and Mark Kasomo of B3, Prince Keddy, Ephraim Mutalange, Ty2 and Tio (both from Zambia). His music enjoys airplay on all radio stations across the country as well as Radio Phoenix in Zambia.