Rob Rodell

Quite inadvertently, 2 days ago, I was doing a routine check of my G Score, as suggested by Catherine Kaputa, when I stumbled across a link on Google to Energy 100 FM, a youth radio station broadcasting out of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

To my utter shock and delighted surprise, I discovered that the house remix of my track "Could This Be Love" with Cuebur and Shimza had hit no. 1 on the radio station on 5 April 2012 - two weeks ago already! The track was at no. 5 in March. This means that the music has now truly gone international! I performed the track at a gig in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, in November last year, and now it has moved onto neighbouring Namibia.

I posted the news on Facebook, and the encouragement received from family, friends and fans was amazing, as follows:

Wahooo!!! My "Bel Canto" teacher makes it to number 1 on 100FM Radio in Namibia! What an achievement! (Lisa - singing student, on HER Facebook profile)

‎"CONGRATULATIONS!!!!" ... "mWAH!". This is fantastic to say the least. The hard work is starting to pay off Rob!! (Lisa - singing student, on MY Facebook profile)

Well done Rob! This is just the beginning of a whole string of number one great hits for you all around the world!please Don't ever give up on something that will soon be a awesome future for you. Remember, don't reach for the stars, reach for the galaxys (Sascha Orlofski - fan)

WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Diana Cavill - sister and brilliant novelist/scriptwriter)

2 nice (Bojwa Seewell - former music business student, DJ, music entrepreneur and fan)

Go Rob thats awesome!!! well done!! (Debbie - former colleague from my 'day job' days)

congrats my bro dats my song of da year 2011 (Harold Lebese - DJ)

You go rob!! (very proud) (Master Sdj SA - DJ)

Well, there you have it. It is wonderful to be acknowledged for one's art and craft and hard work, and when the going gets tough it's achievements like these - and the support, love and encouragement of people - that really makes the journey, which is sometimes perilous, really worthwhile.

Musica, grata Deo.