It’s an incredible season for local music in Namibia, with seemingly constant strings of new acts bubbling up. Over the past weekend Namibian talented female artists collectively launched the ‘My Ongoma Unity’ volume one album at the Warehouse Theatre.
‘My Ongoma’ is a project which is spearheaded by Dragan Djokic, also known as Antonio, Arrafath Mahuure and Glo Zulu to exhibit unity among Namibian established and upcoming female artists. The album features Tequila, Monique English, Doris, Maranatha, Freeda, Avo and Lize Ehlers to mention but a few. Unique, multilingual and distinctly local, these women carve out a new identity for female artists in the country.
Ongoma is an eleven track collection of elaborate storytelling on women empowerment and the fight against gender based violence delivered through polished lyrics and great beats. The collaboration lays the canvas for a burst of creativity, which is evident in the music.
Pombili Shilongo and Mappz Kapofi who were the hosts of the night never failed to keep the crowd live with a fair share of exhilarating jokes. Breaking the ice Namaroz thrilled the crowd to the core with her performances of ‘Shakuz’ and ‘Brenda’, while Lioness brought a Hip/Hop sensation with her ‘Back to Basics’ and ‘Paranoid’ hits.
Maranatha brought some soul stirring gospel to the launch with her ‘Thank You’ song. The queen of gospel said that the song reflects on the things she had gone through last year describing it as a tough year for her.
Latifah Queen aka Priscilla the Namibian Dessert Queen sang the crowd out of their depression and out of their unworthiness before a well-orchestrated duet with Tequila which called an end to violence.
Tequila also performed a song from her “Nandjila” album which she is about to release while Monique English proved why she was crowned female artist of the year.
In other news Ann Singer hasn’t disappeared as she performed to her ‘Ohole’ and ‘Diminengepo’ hits.
Oteya, who is not featured on the album but said to be part of volume two, brought flames to the stage leaving the crowd yearning for more. Adding to the night’s effervescent energy Promise took to the stage with an introduction of herself before pulling off a blinder with her ‘Tanauka’ hit.
Being the first of its kind in Namibia, ‘My Ongoma’ is a beautiful example of what can happen when one brings female artists from all genres together. One of the producers of the album, Glo who has been in the industry for nine years expressed gratitude for having worked with the ladies saying that it was a wonderful experience working with them. “Our ladies are all very natural,” he said.
The album is up for sale in music shops including
Antonio’s Art stall at Wernhil and selected Spar outlets across Windhoek.