Amazonkies, Ongwediva's finest group

31 August 2016 | Art and Entertainment

Known for their hit songs ‘Panga Style’, ‘Nangula’ and ‘Osembo’, the Ongwediva-based group of four Afro-pop and dancehall musicians popularly known as Amazonkies are a force to reckon with when it comes to performing on stage.
The group consists of Thomas Kanime, Fernando Iipumbu, Tuhafeni Haimbodi and Sackaria Elago, who are working hard on releasing their debut album.
Apart from the rich lyrical content of their music, the group which started back in 2010 is also known for their amazing dancing skills on the stage which leaves the crowds wanting more of the upcoming group.
In an interview with Ewi lyaNooli, the confident and determined group members said their vision is to represent Namibia on international platforms, adding that there is no limit when it comes to promoting music.
“We are ready for the Namibian music industry, the question we ask each other is whether the Namibian people and Africa are ready for us. We give it our all when we are on the stage as we love entertaining our audiences,” the group collectively said.
Regarding their debut album which they plan to release by the end of this year, the group said they have recorded about 22 songs since the beginning of the year but due to financial constraints they could not release their album as they are still acquiring funds to make their dreams come true.
The group also revealed that they will soon release another hit single titled ‘Sugar Mommy Bye’, a track they believe people will love because of the uniqueness of their voices and the lyrical content of the track.
The group has so far released four music videos which are trending on Youtube.
Although the group is based in Ongwediva they are regular performers in other towns as far as Rosh Pinah.
Asked what their biggest challenge is, the group said it is the long distance they have to travel from Ongwediva to Windhoek as there is no professional music recording studio in the northern part of the country.
“We have to travel to Windhoek to go record quality songs or record at local studios and then send those final copies to Arafat for mixing and mastering,” they said.
Another challenge they pointed out is the lack of financial means to boost their music but added that although they are not financially stable like the well-established artists, the income they earn from weekend gigs helps them to sustain their career.
Recently the Amazonkies organised a clean-up campaign in Ongwediva where they cleaned a number of school premises, an event they described as one of their biggest achievements to date.
The group said through the cleaning campaign they managed to established good relationships with different stakeholders in society such as the Ongwediva town council, MediPark and Coca-Cola to mention a few.
The group calls on the business community and other stakeholders to support local artists, especially those in the towns where they do business.


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