SHAMBO queen of Namibian conventional music Tunakie died on Saturday, 24 April.
The proficient artist’s aunt, Angie Nampala, confirmed the information over the weekend.
Nampala stated Tunakie, who is named the queen of Otyaka in her motherland, died after collapsing in her hair salon in South Africa.
“At this second I can’t say a lot. It isn’t a simple time. The information is so unhappy for everybody,” she stated.
Nampala stated she’s going to at all times miss Tunakie’s humorousness, her outspokenness, kindness, huge smile and her internal magnificence.
“Tunakie was at all times trustworthy. Many individuals generally worry to inform the reality, however not her – she would at all times inform the trustworthy reality. I’ll miss her boldness,” she stated.
Nampala stated the music diva had an ideal ardour for music.
“She made music that anybody can dance to. She would at all times sing within the bathe. She didn’t do music for fame or cash. She was a novel artist who additionally loved different artists’ work,” she stated.
Naftalie Amukwelele, higher often known as D-Naff, who has featured Tunakie on many songs, says she was captivated with her Aawambo tradition, and labored exhausting to make individuals fall in love with Oshambo music and tradition.
“She was a contented, jolly one that was at all times stuffed with laughter. Her power on stage was at all times unmatched. When different feminine artists went for R&B, soul and pop music, she most popular to go conventional, bringing again misplaced values and morals among the many youth. It was at all times uncomfortable discovering oneself in the identical award class as her, as a result of the sensation was at all times that she was going to win,” he says.
Amukwelele says Tunakie has left footprints within the sands of future and her identify will ceaselessly preserve echoing when conventional and Shambo music is talked about in Namibia.
Sula Kyababa, proprietor of the report label Ogoba Butterfly, who has additionally labored with the award-winning artist, decribes her as a humble one that beloved peace and acquired on with everybody within the music trade.
“Tunakie has popularised the Shambo style and made it her personal. She actually owned Shambo music. It is rather unhappy to know that she is not any extra. Might her soul relaxation in peace. The trade will certainly miss her. My condolences to her household, particularly to her kids, whom she beloved unconditionally. It’s surprising that she has left us abruptly. I thank her for her stunning music. Might her legacy reside on,” Kyababa says.
Afro-pop legend Faizel MC says he’ll always remember the day he met Tunakie.
“I first met Tunakie at a gig at Oshakati. When she noticed me she stated: ‘Faizel, is that you simply Faize? The MC? I like your music. You’re a lot shorter than you look on TV.’ We laughed about that. Tunakie had a ardour for her custom and was at all times dressed historically. She typically urged me to decorate historically for my stage acts. My condolences to her household, buddies and followers,” he says.
Born to Namibian mother and father in Angola, Tunakie was a conventional musician who started singing as a young person. Her mother and father moved again to Namibia when she was eight. She was raised by her grandmother at Ontananga village, and later began singing and dancing with music group Kakulu Kadhi Mungunda at Ontananga.
She was the lead singer of the group and was provided a recording deal by an Oshakati report label in 2004, which she accepted.
Her debut music, ‘Wameme’, gained her the primary Sanlam-NBC award. She later moved to Windhoek, the place she started working with session musicians to fuse her Oshiwambo conventional music with modern music.
In 2005 she launched her debut album referred to as ‘Ombwila’.
In 2014 the Shambo queen was nominated on the Kora Awards within the class for finest Southern African artist of the 12 months.
Tunakie has additionally shared her music in the US, the UK, the Czech Republic, Spain and Austria.